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Women’s World Cup 6 - Montreal (CDM)
By Bart Hazen
Date: 6/2/2008
Women’s World Cup 6 - Montreal (CDM)

Women’s World Cup - Montreal CDM)
Team High Road continues its winning ways on Sunday: Judith Arndt bests Menikini's Fabiana Luperini in the final sprint as the duo evades the peloton to the finish. 

The Women’s World Cup in Montreal didn’t have all the top European teams at the start, but the field was still strong with world class riders like Judith Arndt, Kristin Armstrong, Suzanne de Goede, Chantal Beltman, Oenone Wood, Sara Carrigan and others. The course featured 11 laps on a 10 km circuit, tough enough but with rain pouring down at the start it was certain the race would be a demanding one.

Like the rain brakes poured forth from the front of the peloton for the first two laps; none succeeded in evading the peloton. In the third lap of the race double stage winner at the recent Tour de L’Aude Ina-Yoko Teutenberg attacked. Teutenberg got no more than 45 seconds on the bunch as Cervelo-Lifeforce and Team Specialized Designs for Women came to the front to chase.

Remarkably, Teutenberg kept the combined efforts of the teams at bay for five laps. With four laps to go Teutenberg was caught. Attacks followed after the catch of Teutenberg decimating the peloton to 20/30 riders in the lead group.

In the penultimate lap five women attacked out of the bunch namely, Judith Arndt (High Road), last years winner Fabiana Luperini (Menikini), Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo), Emma Pooley (Team Specialized) and Sara Carrigan (Lotto-Belisol). Not much later the five got company of three Canadian women with Leigh Hobson, Anne Samplonius and Erinne Willock. Behind the race became one of attrition, only half of the starters would finish the race.

In the final lap the Canadians attacked, Samplonius went first, in order to try to win the World Cup race on home soil. Kristin Armstrong tried it as well but also without success. On the final climb of the day Arndt attacked and only Luperini was able to follow. After the climb the others couldn't follow; their race became one for third place...  the race ended in a sprint with Arndt and Luperini.

Judith Arndt was the fastest as she outsprinted Fabiana Luperini. Leigh Hobson finished  third at 32 seconds leading a group of six survivors with Sara Carrigan and Kristen Armstrong completed the top 5. Both Arndt and Luperini are former winners of this event. Arndt increases her overall lead in the World Cup with this victory.

Team High Road Report
High Road's Judith Arndt has just won the Montreal World Cup for the second time in three years, extending her current lead in the Series. Arndt attacked on the final climb of the 11 lap circuit and only last year's winner Fabiana Luperini (Menikini) was able to follow. Arndt won the two person sprint to take her second World Cup win this season.

“I love coming to Montreal,” explained Arndt before the race, “even though I’m always really tired when I get here [after coming straight from Tour de l‘Aude]. It’s a really great race and a great atmosphere. Today was hard, especially with the weather and the bumpy roads but our plan was to be aggressive and we did that. Ina [Teutenberg] was out there solo for most of the race and when she got caught, Chantal [Beltman] and Kim [Anderson] attacked.”

The race started in pouring rain and was aggressive from the start. High Road’s Teutenberg and Kate Bates followed several break attempts early in the race before Teutenberg finally attacked solo on the second climb of the day opening a convincing lead. With the gap hovering between 30 sec and a minute over the next six laps, Teutenberg managed to stay away until the climb on lap eight when Luperini attacked. Teutenberg was caught as the bunch shattered to pieces and at the bottom of the descent Anderson attacked. A move which was later countered by Beltman.

Cervelo Lifeforce continued to chase, along with Specialized rider Emma Pooley and eventually the bunch of only 24 remaining riders came back together. On the penultimate climb Kristen Armstrong attacked and split the small field again. A group of eight consisting of all the favorite's held a small lead over the rest. On the final climb Arndt attacked, taking only Luperini with her. The pair managed to hold off a chase group of six riders to the finish.

“It just goes to show that even in the really hard races of attrition like this, it is still a team effort,” commented High Road’s director Petra Rossner. “All of the girls were amazing today and racing aggressively paid off for us again. It feels really great that we have won three World Cups this year,” she added. “It’s exciting to be a part of that.”

Montreal World Cup Results
1 Judith Arndt (Ger) High Road Women 3.11.34
2 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Menikini-Selle Italia Master colors
3 Leigh Hobson (Can) Equipe Nationale Canada 0.32

4 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Equipe Nationale Australia 0.34
5 Kristen Armstrong (USA) Cervelo-Lifeforce
6 Anne Samplonius (Can) Equipe Nationale Canada
7 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders

8 Emma Pooley (GBr) Specialized Designs for Women 0.38
9 Priska Doppman (Swi) Cervelo-Lifeforce 0.51
10 Nikki Egyed (Aus) Equipe Nationale Australia
11 Edwige Pittel (Fra) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz 0.53
12 Lauren Franges (USA) Team TIBCO 1.10
13 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO 1.23
14 Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
15 Chantal Beltman (Ned) High Road Women
16 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
17 Felicia Gomez (Can) Aaron's Professional Cycling Team
18 Kimberly Anderson (USA) High Road Women
19 Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Equipe Nationale Mexique
20 Alex Wrubleski (Can) Webcor Builders
21 Ruth Corset (Aus) Equipe Nationale Australia
22 Julie Beveridge (Can) Aaron's Professional Cycling Team
23 Kori Kelley Seehafer (USA) Menikini-Selle Italia Master colors 1.26
24 Monika Schachl (Aut) UNIQA 3.00
25 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Menikini-Selle Italia Master colors 9.11
26 Nathalie Bates (Aus) Menikini-Selle Italia Master colors 9.13
27 Karin Aune (Swe) UNIQA
28 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 9.15
29 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
30 Sarah Grab (Swi) Specialized Designs for Women
31 Victoria Bastide (Swe) Team TIBCO
32 Christine Majerus (Lux) ESGL 93 GSD Gestion
33 Sue Schlatter (Can) EMD SERONO STEVENS
34 Rachel Heal (GBr) Team TIBCO
35 Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo-Lifeforce
36 Brooke Miller (USA) Team TIBCO
37 Oenone Wood (Aus) High Road Women
38 Lorian Graham (Aus) Equipe Nationale Australia
39 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Equipe Nationale Australia
40 Yeugeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Equipe Nationale Ukraine 14.18
41 Johanne Cyr (Can) Equipe Cascades
42 Kristin Sanders (USA) Aaron's Professional Cycling Team 17.17
43 Bettina Hold (Can) Equipe Nationale Canada
44 Moriah Jo Macgregor (Can) Equipe Nationale Canada
45 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo-Lifeforce
46 Julie Bellerose (Can) Equipe Cascades
47 Min Gao (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
48 Sufen Ma (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
49 Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) UNIQA
50 Jen Stephenson (Can) Ultralink
51 Svitlana Galyuk (Ukr) Equipe Nationale Ukraine 17.20

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