|- Race report courtesy of Giana Roberge of the Saturn Cycling Team and Daniel Larouche of RONA/Esker.|
June 4, 2003 (Montreal, Quebec) - The Tour de Grand Montreal wrapped up today in Terrbonne, Quebec. Newly crowned National Road Champion, T-Mobile's Amber Neben gave T-Mobile their first major international win by bringing home the Yellow Leader's jersey by three seconds over Lyne Bessette (Saturn). Today's stage winner, Diana Ziliute (Acca Due O Pasta) was victorious on the final 80 kilometer stage, an 8 lap circuit race in this small town east of Montreal. Ziliute's win garnered her the overall title for the Sprinter's Competition.
In an effort to overcome Neben, Bessette's Saturn team attacked repeatedly in the early part of the stage, but was not able to dislodge either T Mobile or Genèvieve Jeanson (Rona-Esker).
Jeanson confirmed her green Queen of the Mountain jersey while Canadian Sue Palmer Komar earned the "best 35-years old or more" jersey.
"We had a good Tour," said Jeanson after the race. "The team did an awesome quantity and quality of work, and we have a lot to show for it. Two RONA/Eskers among the top five in G.C., two stage wins out of four, and the mountain jersey are nothing to be ashamed of. If you add our performance at the World Cup, we had an excellent week in Montreal, in fact much better than last year!"
Bessette was realistic about her race today saying, "I tried to get the bonus sprints in the stage, but there were other teams trying for the stage win, so it was not possible. The hill was not enough to break it up."
The Saturn, T-Mobile and Rona teams all head to Philadelphia tomorrow in preparation for Sunday's Wachovia Liberty Classic held conjunction with the men's Wachovia US PRO Championships. The action kicks off in downtown Philadelphia on Logan Circle at 9 AM (EST) on Sunday.
Final Stage Results
1 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O Pasta 1.57.32
2 Regina Schleicher (Ger) German National Team
3 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
4 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
5 Annette Beutler (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team
Final general classification
1 Amber Neben (USA) T-Mobile 6.07.10
2 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn Cycling Team +.03
3 Magali Le Floch (Fra) Rona - Esker +.16
4 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O Pasta +.19
5 Geneviève Jeanson (Can) Rona - Esker +.38
6 Manon Jutras (Can) Saturn Cycling Team +.42
7 Deirdre Demet-Barry (USA) T-Mobile +.48
8 Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Genesis Scuba/FFCC +.50
9 Kimberly Bruckner (USA) T-Mobile +.51
10 Amy More (Can) Saturn Cycling Team +.52
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