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May 18/07 5:56 am - Tour de l'Aude: Prologue

Posted by Editoress on 05/18/07

Tour de l'Aude France
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The 3.9km Prologue in Gruissan has just ended. The flat circular loop was buffeted by strong gusty winds, although it didn't seem to hamper Christiane Soeder of Raleigh LifeForce who won by a good margin finishing in 4.43 minutes.'s best finisher was Anne Samplonius finishing in 5.05 minutes, followed by Jess (5.15), Meshy (5.18), Amanda (5.23), Erinne (5.25) and Joelle (5.54).

"It was really tough to find any rhythm, because the course was a loop the wind direction was constantly changing", said Amanda after her ride, echoing the sentiments of the other riders.

The girls are now on their way back to their chalets for a relaxing evening before the real racing starts tomorrow with the stage one, 115km Port la Nouvelle, where they will be planning to stir it up and make things happen!!

Prologue: Gruissan ITT, 3.9 km
1. Christiane Soeder (Aut) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team4:43.50
2. Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germanyat 0:05.40
3. Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Plattelands.t.
4. Zoulfia Zabirova (Kaz) Bigla Cycling Team0:08.30
5. Judith Arndt (Ger) T-Mobile Team - Women0:08.70
6. Alexandra Sontheimer (Ger) Germany0:08.80
7. Marianne Vos (Ned) Team DSB Bank0:09.70
8. Andrea Thurig (Sui) Bigla Cycling Team0:09.90
9. Linda Villumsen Serup (Den) T-Mobile Team - Women0:10.10
10. Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint0:12.20
11. Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:12.80
12. Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoints.t.
13. Priska Doppmann (Sui) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team0:14.30
14. Sarah Duster (Ger) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team0:14.60
15. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:15.70
16. Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Teams.t.
17. Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:16.40
18. Ina Teutenberg (Ger) T-Mobile Team - Women0:16.70
19. Andrea Graus (Aut) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:17.00
20. Maryline Salvetat (Fra) France0:19.10
27. Anne Samplonius (Can) Team Expresscopy.com0:22.10
35. Kimberly Anderson (USA) T-Mobile Team - Women0:26.80
48. Jessica Phillips (USA) Team Expresscopy.com0:31.90
55. Melissa Holt (NZl) Team Expresscopy.com0:35.20
66. Amanda Shaw (Can) Team Expresscopy.com0:40.50
90. Erinne Willock (Can) Team Expresscopy.com0:51.90
107. Joelle Numainville (Can) Team Expresscopy.com1:10.90


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