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2008 Women's Tour de L'Aude: Prologue - Stage 2
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 5/19/2008
2008 Women's Tour de L'Aude: Prologue - Stage 2
 

2008 Women's Tour de L'Aude: Prologue - Stage 2

After the prologue and two stages it's Judith Arndt of Team High Road who leads the overall ranking ahead of her compatriot Trixi Worrack and Britain's Nicole Cooke. The stage wins went to Katie Mactier, Nicole Cooke and the Dutch National Team.

The 2008 Women's Tour de L'Aude takes place from May 16 to May 25. The race is one of the toughest stage race for women in the world. After a prologue and two stages it's Judith Arndt who leads ahead of Trixi Worrack and Nicole Cooke.

Prologue: Gruissan - Gruissan, 3,9 km

Katie Mactier has won the prologue in the Tour de L'Aude. After 3,9 km she was faster than Ellen van Dijk and Alison Powers. Mactier is also the first leader.

Result
1 Katie Mactier (Aus) Australian National Team 5.02 (46.490 km/h)
2 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Dutch National Team 0.01
3 Alison Powers (USA) USA National Team 0.02

4 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini - Selle Italia
5 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Dutch National Team 0.03
6 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team High Road Women
7 Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team
8 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Team High Road Women 0.05
9 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 0.07
10 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team
11 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road Women
12 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) French National Team 0.09
13 Linda Villumsen (Ger) Team High Road Women 0.10
14 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain National Team
15 Katherine Carroll (USA) USA National Team 0.11
16 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Australian National Team
17 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
18 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu 0.12
19 Zulfia Zabirova (Kaz) Bigla Cycling Team
20 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) German National Team 0.14

Stage 1: Rieux Minervois - Rieux Minervois, 107 km

Nicole Cooke has won the first stage in the Tour de L'Aude from Rieux Minervois to Rieux Minervois over 107 km. Cooke was the fastest in a break of 5 ahead of Trixi Worrack and Susanne Ljungskog. Ljungskog is the new overall leader.

After 6 km of racing Sigrid Corneo (Menikini), Monica Holler (Bigla) and Agne Bagdonaviciute (Lithuania) attacked. A few km later they were joined by Helen Wyman (Swift Racing Team). The four worked well together and had a maximum lead of more than 4 minutes.

On the main obstacle of the day the Col de la Croix de Sous the peloton increased the pace and with 6 km to the top the break was caught. With 2 km to the top Ljungskog attacked and the bunch broke up into pieces.

After the climb two groups formed. The break with Susanne Ljungskog, Trixi Worrack, Judith Arndt and Sharon Laws and a chasing group with Amber Neben, Christine Thorburn, Nicole Cooke, Claudia Hausler, Luise Keller and Carla Ryan. Because most of the girls in the chasing group had a rider in front they let the work to Thorburn, Neben and Ryan.

With about 5 km to go Nicole Cooke attacked out of the chasing group and was able to bridge across to the break with less than 2 km to go. In the break Cooke found her team mate Laws who started to work for her.

The stage ended up in a sprint with five and it was Cooke who won the stage ahead of Worrack and Ljungskog. The last takes the leaders jersey. Tomorrow the L'Aude will go on with a team time-trial.

Result
1 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain National Team 3.15.04 (32.911 km/h)
2 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
3 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini - Selle Italia

4 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road Women
5 Sharon Laws (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0.01
6 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.39
7 Luise Keller (Ger) Team High Road Women
8 Carla Ryan (Aus) Australian National Team
9 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 0.43
10 Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team
11 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team 2.41
12 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team
13 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
14 Lorian Graham (Aus) Australian National Team
15 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) French National Team
16 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Team DSB Bank
17 Sophie Goor (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
18 Regina Bruins (Ned) Dutch National Team
19 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu
20 Alexandra Wrubleski (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team

Stage 2 (TTT): Port La Nouvelle - Port La Nouvelle, 27 km

The 27 km team time-trial from Port La Nouvelle to Port La Nouvelle was won by the Dutch National Team. They were 6 seconds faster than favorites Team High Road and 8 seconds faster than Equipe Nürnberger. Judith Arndt of Team High Road had enough with the teams second place to get the leaders jersey. Trixi Worrack is second at 12 seconds and Nicole Cooke third at 40 seconds.

The winning Dutch team consists of Ellen van Dijk, Regina Bruins, Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel, Loes Gunnewijk, Martine Bras and Sanne van Paassen.

The third stage will be from Lezignan Corbières to Lezignan Corbières over 111 km.

Result
1. Dutch National Team
2. Team High Road
3. Equipe Nürnberger

4. USA National Team
5. Great Britain National Team

Individual results
1 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Dutch National Team 35.44 (45.33 km/h)
2 Regina Bruins (Ned) Dutch National Team
3 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Dutch National Team

4 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Dutch National Team 0.03
5 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team High Road Women 0.06
6 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road Women
7 Linda Villumsen (Ger) Team High Road Women
8 Luise Keller (Ger) Team High Road Women
9 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Team High Road Women
10 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.08
11 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
12 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
13 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
14 Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team 0.40
15 Alison Powers (USA) USA National Team
16 Amber Rais (USA) USA National Team
17 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0.50
18 Emma Pooley (GBr) Great Britain National Team
19 Jessica Allen (GBr) Great Britain National Team
20 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 1.00

Ranking after stage 2 (top 20)
1 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road Women 3.56.00
2 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.12
3 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0.40

4 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini - Selle Italia 0.53
5 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.56
6 Luise Keller (Ger) Team High Road Women 0.57
7 Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team 1.16
8 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 1.40
9 Sharon Laws (GBr) Great Britain National Team 2.21
10 Carla Ryan (Aus) Australian National Team 2.34
11 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Dutch National Team
12 Regina Bruins (Ned) Dutch National Team 2.46
13 Linda Villumsen (Ger) Team High Road Women 2.47
14 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 3.00
15 Emma Pooley (GBr) Great Britain National Team 3.38
16 Jessica Allen (GBr) Great Britain National Team 3.48
17 Alexandra Wrubleski (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 3.49
18 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 3.56
19 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team 3.59
20 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) French National Team 4.00

 
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