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Tour du Grand Montreal – Women (2.1): Stage 5
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 6/7/2008
Tour du Grand Montreal – Women (2.1): Stage 5
 

2008 Le Tour du Grand Montreal - Women: Stage 5

The 2008 Tour du Grand Montreal is dominated by Team High Road. German Judith Arndt was very impressive winning three stages and the overall ranking by defeating De Goede on the final day. Australian Road Champion and last year's winner Oenone Wood completed the podium.

The Women's Tour du Grand Montreal from June 2 to June 5 is a 2.1 UCI event in Canada. Dutch youngster Suzanne de Goede went into the final stage with a small lead on Judith Arndt. The German was the strongest as she won her third stage this week and the overall win in the Tour du Grand Montreal.

Stage 5: Mont-Saint-Hilaire road race, 115km

The fifth and final stage in the Tour du Grand Montreal the Mont-Saint-Hilaire road race over 115 km. Suzanne de Goede (Equipe Nürneberger) started the stage as leader with a small gap on the High Road trio Judith Arndt, Oenone Wood and Katherine Bates.

The first attack of the day came Canadian legend Clara Hughes. Clara Hughes is both a cyclist and a speed skater and won medals at both summer and winter Olympic Games. In 2006 she won the Gold Medal (5000 meter) and Silver Medal (Team Pursuit) during the winter Olympics in Torino. In 2002 she won the bronze medal (5000 meter) at the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and won two bronze medals in 1996 during the Olympics in Atlanta in both the road race and the time-trial. Further she is a 18th times Canadian national cycling champion and won lots of other races both in cycling as on the ice.

Hughes was quickly joined by Victoria Bastide (TIBCO) and Beatrice Thomas (ESGL). At the top of the first climb of the Mont Saint-Hilaire the trio got company of Felicia Gomez (Aaron's), Erinne Willock (Webcor), Emma Pooley (Team Specialized) and Mara Abbott (High Road).

The seven riders worked well together and they rode in the lead for about 100 km. In the final lap of the race Equipe Nürnberger chased down the break. On the final ascent of the Mont-Saint-Hilaire Judith Arndt (High Road) attacked and Suzanne de Goede wasn't able to follow the German as she chased down several other attacks on the climb of other riders from High Road.

In the remaining of the stage Arndt was able to keep her lead on the bunch and won her third stage in this race. Eight seconds later it was Brooke Miller (Tibco) who won the sprint for second ahead of Audrey Cordon. Rochelle Gilmore and Dalila Rodriguez rounded off the top 5.

Due to her stage win and the time bonuses Arndt defeated De Goede for the overall win. The Dutch finished as second 16 sec. down on Arndt. Australian Road Champion and last year's winner in Montreal Oenone Wood completed the podium. Brooke Miller and Katherine Bates finished as fourth and fifth.

High Road Report: High Road Women win Tour of Montreal

Arndt takes final stage and Tour win
Montreal, Canada, 5 June 2008 - High Road's Judith Arndt won her third stage of the Tour of Montreal today giving her the overall tour win. The win was Arndt's fourth victory in six days including her amazing ride the the Montreal World Cup on Saturday.

"Judith won today," said High Road director Petra Rossner. "But it was really the team that won. They were all amazing."

After the previous days criterium, where Suzanne de Goede (Nuernberger) took the stage win and moved into the yellow jersey by two secons over Arndt, Team High Road had to go into the final stage on the attack.

Starting in the first lap with Mara Abbott, High Road started their offense. Abbott was in a small break for 75km forcing Equipe Nuernberger to chase hard from the start.

"It was so exciting to know that I had five of the best riders in the world sitting back in the bunch," explained Abbott, "and that I was able to support them and that when the break came back they would be right there. Such a rush to be a part of something so FABULOUS."

"In the second last lap," explained Rossner, "the gap started coming down so we started to attack from behind. Chantal, Kate, Oenone and Kim all just kept attacking to make Nuernberger chase."

On the final climb Arndt made her move taking only Sara Carrigan with her. Towards the top she dropped Carrigan and soloed to the finish gaining 26 second on the bunch.

Team-mate Kate Bates explained the excitment after the stage. "Everyone really brought their A game today," she said, "and we rode off each others confidence and motivation. Its just so cool when the race goes exactly to plan, very satisfying."

"They did a brilliant job," added Rossner. "It wasn't that they won. It was the way they did it that makes me proud."

Result
1 Judith Arndt (Ger) High Road Women 2.59.34
2 Brooke Miller (USA) Team TIBCO 0.08
3 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope

4 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Menikini-Selle Italia Master colour
5 Dalila Rodriguez (Cub) Cuban National Team
6 Tanja Hennes (Ger) Specialized Designs for Women
7 Meredith Miller (USA) Aaron's Professional Cycling
8 Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93 GSD Gestion
9 Nikki Egyed (Aus) Australian National Team
10 Yeima Torres (Cub) Cuban National Team
11 Lorian Graham (Aus) Australian National Team
12 Yong Li Liu (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
13 Karin Aune (Swe) UNIQA
14 Christine Majerus (Lux) ESGL 93 GSD Gestion
15 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian National Team

Final Ranking (top 30)
1 Judith Arndt (Ger) High Road Women 8.48.54
2 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicher 0.16
3 Oenone Wood (Aus) High Road Women 0.29

4 Brooke Miller (USA) Team TIBCO 0.35
5 Katherine Bates (Aus) High Road Women
6 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders 0.36
7 Felicia Gomez (Can) Aaron's Professional Cycling
8 Trine Schmidt (Den) Menikini-Selle Italia Master colour 0.40
9 Larissa Kleinmann (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicher 0.41
10 Anne Samplonius (Can) Canadian National Team
11 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Australian National Team 0.44
12 Kori Kelley Seehafer (USA) Menikini-Selle Italia Master colour 0.45
13 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Menikini-Selle Italia Master colour 0.47
14 Chantal Beltman (Ned) High Road Women
15 Meredith Miller (USA) Aaron's Professional Cycling 0.49
16 Lauren Franges (USA) Team TIBCO 0.50
17 Lorian Graham (Aus) Australian National Team 0.53
18 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian National Team
19 Karin Aune (Swe) UNIQA 0.54
20 Nikki Egyed (Aus) Australian National Team
21 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders
22 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 0.55
23 Yong Li Liu (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 0.56
24 Dalila Rodriguez (Cub) Cuban National Team 0.57
25 Leigh Hobson (Can) Canadian National Team 0.58
26 Monika Schachl (Aut) UNIQA 1.01
27 Christine Majerus (Lux) ESGL 93 GSD Gestion 1.02
28 Joelle Numainville (Can) ESGL 93 GSD Gestion
29 Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93 GSD Gestion 1.03
30 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicher

 
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