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February 26/12 14:47 pm - Tour of New Zealand: Stage 4, 5 and Final GC


Posted by Editoress on 02/26/12
 

Linda Villumsen gave GreenEDGE-AIS a second stage win at the NZCT Women's Tour of New Zealand. The Kiwi soloed to a Stage 5 victory two minutes ahead of the peloton on the fifth and final day of racing. Back in the bunch, Shara Gillow managed third in the field sprint. The accompanying time bonus, four seconds for third place, left Gillow one second down on race winner Evelyn Stevens (USA).

"While we said the ultimate goal was the overall win, I can definitely leave this race happy," said Shara Gillow. "The way we worked as a team today - during the whole race, really - was amazing."

GreenEDGE-AIS planned to send Judith Arndt up the road during the first half of the race, hoping to bait Kristin Armstrong (USA) to follow.

"Armstrong went up the road with Judith, and they formed a lead group of five riders," explained Gillow. "This isolated Evelyn a bit. In the end, Armstrong was told to drop back to help with the chase. That's when Linda launched her attack."

With five riders up the road, Villumsen bridged to the break with Carla Ryan (Jayco-AIS) and Huang Dong Yan (China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling). The trio made contact with the leaders as did a second chase group of four. Villumsen attacked the break and slowly but confidently built up her advantage.

Ten kilometres from the finish, Villumsen had solidified a two minute gap. With the stage win seemingly settled, the overall would be decided with the field sprint.

At the stage start, Stevens led Gillow on the general classification by five seconds. The overall was within reach if Gillow could win the bunch sprint for second and Stevens did not finish in the top three. The six seconds on offer for second place would propel Gillow to the overall win by one second.

"Gracie Elvin (Jayco-AIS) managed to get away towards the finish," explained Gillow. "Jessie and Judith took turns on the front to first bring her back and then keep me in a good position. They gave me an incredible leadout. I trusted them completely. When Judith told me to stay on her wheel, I did my best to hold on. Monia [Baccille] (Italy) is a pure sprinter. I couldn't come around her to take second, and I ended up in third. I lost the overall by one second."

Gillow expressed satisfaction with the final result.

"I'm impressed with the way the team came together," said Gillow. "It was really an amazing collective effort. Sure, we wanted the overall, but I can't complain. We fully committed ourselves to a plan and a goal, and we did everything we could to make it happen. Plus, we got the stage win. It's a good way to end things here."

Report courtesy GreenEDGE-AIS

Stage 4 (February 25th): Palmerston North, 110km
1 Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport NZ 2:49:48
2 Amy Bradley (NZl) Wheelworks Racing at s.t.
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) US National Team 0:22
4 Shara Gillow (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS
5 Joanne Hogan (Aus) VIS Women Team
6 Miranda Griffiths (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team
7 Reta Trotman (NZl) New Zealand National Team
8 Elena Berlato (Ita) Italian National Team
9 Taryn Heather (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS all s.t.
10 Philippa Sutton (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 2:53
11 Carla Ryan (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS 7:33
12 Kristin Armstrong (USA) US National Team
13 Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS
14 Li Chen (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling
15 Jessica Allen (Aus) VIS Women Team all s.t.
16 Jessie MacLean (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS 8:02
17 Sue Forsyth (NZl) NZCT Team
18 Hannah Van Kampen (NZl) Wheelworks Racing
19 Loren Rowney (Aus) VIS Women Team
20 Huang Dong Yan (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling
21 Ashleigh Neave (NZl) Wheelworks Racing
22 Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Suzuki Team
23 Fiona MacDermid (NZl) NZCT Team
24 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Suzuki Team
25 Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) National Team Japan
26 Kanako Nishi (Jpn) National Team Japan
27 Sinead Noonan (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS
28 Emily Collins (NZl) New Zealand National Team
29 Mel Burke (NZl) NZCT Team
30 Carmen Small (USA) US National Team
31 Allison Rice (Aus) Suzuki Team
32 Laura Meadley (Aus) Suzuki Team
33 Kate Chilcott (NZl) New Zealand National Team
34 Kaytee Boyd (NZl) New Zealand National Team
35 Gloria Presti (Ita) Italian National Team
36 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team
37 Rachel Southee (NZl) Cyclosport NZ
38 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS
39 Luo Xialong (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling
40 Lucy Coldwell (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team
41 Chloe McConville (Aus) VIS Women Team
42 Sequoia Cooper (NZl) New Zealand National Team
43 Wan Yiu Wong (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling
44 Rosara Joseph (NZl) New Zealand National Team
45 Tracey Best (NZl) Cyclosport NZ
46 Linda Villumsen (NZl) GreenEdge-AIS
47 Stephanie Ives (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team
48 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Italian National Team
49 Ally Stacher (USA) US National Team
50 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Italian National Team
51 Emily Roper (Aus) Suzuki Team
52 Corrine Smit (Aus) Cyclosport NZ
53 Xin Liu (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling
54 Lisa Jacobs (Aus) VIS Women Team all s.t.
55 Nicole Justice (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team 9:21
56 Akatsuka Yurie (Jpn) National Team Japan 9:55
57 Janine Copp (NZl) Wheelworks Racing
58 Yuko Myochin (Jpn) National Team Japan
59 Addyson Albershardt (USA) US National Team
60 Hayley Giddens (NZl) NZCT Team
61 Ailie McDonald (Aus) Suzuki Team all s.t.
DNF Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) US National Team
DNF Chisako Harigai (Jpn) National Team Japan
DNF Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS
 
Stage 5 (February 26th): Palmerston North, 119km
1 Linda Villumsen (NZl) GreenEdge-AIS 2:39:35
2 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Italian National Team at 1:55
3 Shara Gillow (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS
4 Evelyn Stevens (USA) US National Team
5 Loren Rowney (Aus) VIS Women Team
6 Emily Collins (NZl) New Zealand National Team
7 Xin Liu (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling
8 Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Suzuki Team
9 Taryn Heather (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS
10 Joanne Hogan (Aus) VIS Women Team
11 Chloe McConville (Aus) VIS Women Team
12 Jessica Allen (Aus) VIS Women Team
13 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Suzuki Team
14 Reta Trotman (NZl) New Zealand National Team
15 Emily Roper (Aus) Suzuki Team
16 Sue Forsyth (NZl) NZCT Team
17 Mel Burke (NZl) NZCT Team
18 Wan Yiu Wong (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling
19 Kate Chilcott (NZl) New Zealand National Team
20 Huang Dong Yan (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling
21 Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) National Team Japan
22 Nicole Justice (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team
23 Stephanie Ives (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team
24 Carmen Small (USA) US National Team
25 Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS
26 ARMSTRONG-SIVOLA, Kristin (OPEN)
27 Laura Meadley (Aus) Suzuki Team
28 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team
29 Kanako Nishi (Jpn) National Team Japan
30 Hannah Van Kampen (NZl) Wheelworks Racing
31 Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport NZ
32 Lucy Coldwell (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team
33 Ally Stacher (USA) US National Team
34 Tracey Best (NZl) Cyclosport NZ
35 Allison Rice (Aus) Suzuki Team
36 Luo Xialong (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling
37 Miranda Griffiths (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team
38 Hayley Giddens (NZl) NZCT Team
39 Fiona MacDermid (NZl) NZCT Team
40 Sinead Noonan (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS
41 Corrine Smit (Aus) Cyclosport NZ
42 Gloria Presti (Ita) Italian National Team
43 Rosara Joseph (NZl) New Zealand National Team
44 Philippa Sutton (NZl) Wheelworks Racing
45 Amy Bradley (NZl) Wheelworks Racing
46 Lisa Jacobs (Aus) VIS Women Team
47 Janine Copp (NZl) Wheelworks Racing
48 Rachel Southee (NZl) Cyclosport NZ all s.t.
49 Carla Ryan (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS 2:06
50 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Italian National Team s.t.
51 Sequoia Cooper (NZl) New Zealand National Team 2:11
52 Kaytee Boyd (NZl) New Zealand National Team s.t.
53 Elena Berlato (Ita) Italian National Team 2:18
54 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS 2:25
55 Jessie MacLean (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS 2:35
56 Ashleigh Neave (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 3:01
57 Li Chen (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling 9:40
58 Addyson Albershardt (USA) US National Team 0:16:50
59 Akatsuka Yurie (Jpn) National Team Japan 0:21:21
60 Ailie McDonald (Aus) Suzuki Team
61 Yuko Myochin (Jpn) National Team Japan
 
Final GC
1 Evelyn Stevens (USA) US National Team 13:08:56
2 Shara Gillow (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS at 0:01
3 Taryn Heather (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS 0:13
4 Joanne Hogan (Aus) VIS Women Team 0:22
5 Reta Trotman (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0:27
6 Miranda Griffiths (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team 2:58
7 Linda Villumsen (NZl) GreenEdge-AIS 5:34
8 Kristin Armstrong (USA) US National Team 6:37
9 Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS 6:48
10 Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport NZ 7:09
11 Carla Ryan (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS 7:43
12 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team 7:54
13 Jessica Allen (Aus) VIS Women Team 8:05
14 Loren Rowney (Aus) VIS Women Team 8:06
15 Huang Dong Yan (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling 8:15
16 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Italian National Team 8:21
17 Carmen Small (USA) US National Team 8:27
18 Sue Forsyth (NZl) NZCT Team 8:34
19 Xin Liu (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling 8:38
20 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS 8:41
21 Kaytee Boyd (NZl) New Zealand National Team 8:45
22 Lucy Coldwell (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team s.t.
23 Kate Chilcott (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0:10:30
24 Rosara Joseph (NZl) New Zealand National Team 10:52
25 Chloe McConville (Aus) VIS Women Team 12:01
26 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Suzuki Team 13:13
27 Amy Bradley (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 14:34
28 Laura Meadley (Aus) Suzuki Team 17:03
29 Jessie MacLean (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS 20:37
30 Luo Xialong (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling s.t.
31 Kanako Nishi (Jpn) National Team Japan 21:15
32 Allison Rice (Aus) Suzuki Team 22:35
33 Monica Baccaille (Ita) Italian National Team 23:13
34 Emily Collins (NZl) New Zealand National Team 23:21
35 Elena Berlato (Ita) Italian National Team 23:56
36 Corrine Smit (Aus) Cyclosport NZ 25:50
37 Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) National Team Japan 26:20
38 Fiona MacDermid (NZl) NZCT Team 27:11
39 Emily Roper (Aus) Suzuki Team 34:57
40 Ally Stacher (USA) US National Team 35:11
41 Stephanie Ives (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team 35:14
42 Sinead Noonan (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS 37:00
43 Philippa Sutton (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 38:07
44 Lisa Jacobs (Aus) VIS Women Team 41:27
45 Wan Yiu Wong (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling 43:24
46 Gloria Presti (Ita) Italian National Team 43:30
47 Rachel Southee (NZl) Cyclosport NZ 43:40
48 Sequoia Cooper (NZl) New Zealand National Team 43:48
49 Tracey Best (NZl) Cyclosport NZ 44:12
50 Mel Burke (NZl) NZCT Team 47:20
51 Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Suzuki Team 55:08
52 Hannah Van Kampen (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 1:06:53
53 Nicole Justice (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group Team 1:07:39
54 Ashleigh Neave (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 1:10:48
55 Li Chen (Chn) China Chongming Island Giant Pro Cycling 1:24:14
56 Hayley Giddens (NZl) NZCT Team 1:25:57
57 Janine Copp (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 1:26:00
58 Addyson Albershardt (USA) US National Team 1:40:17
59 Akatsuka Yurie (Jpn) National Team Japan 1:45:00
60 Yuko Myochin (Jpn) National Team Japan 1:47:48
61 Ailie McDonald (Aus) Suzuki Team 1:48:00

 


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