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NZCT Women's Tour of New Zealand 22-26 Feb 2012
« on: February 10, 2012, 18:31 »
This starts soon and there's a few details out at the moment about the teams competing.

GreenEdge-AIS
The big drawcard, Linda Villumsen will be there. Judith Arndt will also ride to defend her victory from last year. Their team-mates will be Shara Gillow, Jessie McClean and Rowena Fry.

Italian National Team
Former women’s world road champion Tatiana Guderzo will headline the team. Joining her will be Monia Baccaille, Luisa Tamanini, Rossella Callovi and Elena Cecchini.

Live Text Commentary http://www.cycletournz.com/womens/live_feed.html

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Stage 1- TT 7.1km


Stage 2 - 137km (all stages around Palmerston North


Stage 3 - 121km


Stage 4 - 110km


Stage 5 - 119km

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Here's the official site:

http://www.cycletournz.com/womens/news/default.html

Got to give a big chappeau to Jorge - he is an "interesting character", but you can't fault his passion for both this race and the men's race that he organises ... and you have to give him heaps of credit for treating and organising each race on equal footings. The quality of some of the women's fields that he has managed to attract to such a far flung part of the world are testament to that ...

Yeah it seems to be a great field every year and for such a "low key" sport, its great.

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just had a dig around, seems that sadly nothing makes it onto youtube about from fans videos from roadside. We need someone in NZ who can record tv reports.

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Good to see Armstrong there, Jess Allen too, the Junior women's champion (TT). Neylan making an appearance, Carla Ryan and Grace Sulzberger in the Jayco-AIS team too.

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For the last 15 years or so  it has been the other way rond: there is a huge number of ways in which riders can dope, and any exploits are derisory.

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Armstrong wins the prologue


Top Ten
1   ARMSTRONG SIVOLA, Kristin (OPEN)   USA   10:15
2   STEVENS, Evelyn (OPEN)   USA   00:17
3   ARNDT, Judith (OPEN)   GEC   
4   VILLUMSEN, Linda (OPEN)   GEC   00:22
5   GILLOW, Shara (OPEN)   GEC   00:28
6   HEATHER, Taryn (OPEN)   JAI   00:36
7   NEYLAN, Rachel (OPEN)   ARM   00:37
8   RYAN, Carla (OPEN)   JAI   00:44
9   SMALL, Carmen (OPEN)   USA   
10   HOGAN, Joanne (OPEN)   VIS

Full Report http://www.cycletournz.com/womens/news/report_stage_1.html

Full Results http://www.cycletournz.com/womens/stage_1.html

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Was raining throughout the time trial apparently. Not nice weather, welcome to NZ. :D

Tomorrow's stage (today) is likely to start the same too.

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Wow, the battle of GreenEdge v USA ended rather anti-climatically with a win to the VIS. Well done Lisa Jacobs and team!

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Stage 2 Result

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Turns out it was Loren Rowney, which meant the bib number was right, just not who the ticker said correct. Good win regardless, there was a lot of crashes, rain and headwind on the course. Tough stage.

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Taken from the Greenedge website which does not let you link

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Judith Arndt Wins Sprint Finish on Tour of New Zealand Stage Three
Defending champion Judith Ardnt won the Tour of New Zealand third stage bunch sprint. A ten second bonus at the line accompanied the stage victory. Current race leader Kristin Armstrong (USA) managed second on the stage and, with it, a six second time bonus. Arndt now trails Armstrong by 11 seconds overall.

“The overall is the goal,” said Shara Gillow, who spent the day in the break and on the attack. “We have a strong team, and I reckon GC is within reach.”

“We knew that we would need to reel back Armstrong’s lead a little bit each day,” added Sports Director Rodney McGee. “It's that kind of course, and with only four riders, it’s hard to do it any other way. We’re taking the overall day-by-day and second-by-second. At this point, we’ve gotten a little bit back on both road stages. We’ll hope to continue this over the next two days.”

Gillow animated the 121 kilometre stage between Ashhurst and Apiti. She was part of a three-rider move turned four-strong that included two riders from Jayco-AIS and Evelyn Stevens (USA).

“I got into a break with two Jayco-AIS girls and then Evelyn Stevens made the move,” explained Gillow. “The break split up and come back together. We worked well together for some time until Evie was told to sit on. I sat on a bit, too. We were eventually brought back.”

Although fierce winds made solo moves near impossible, attacks flew fast and furious in the final 20 kilometres.

“I attacked some and so did the other GreenEDGE-AIS girls,” said Gillow, whose repeated attacks left the Americans chasing in her wake.

“It ended up working out perfectly for us,” Gillow added. “Linda [Villumsen] led Judith out, and Judith won. Yesterday, she was second, and it was awesome to get the win today.”

McGee called the stage win a team victory.

“We made good use of the four riders we have,” said McGee. “I find this very encouraging. I’m especially proud of Jessie [MacLean] who really suffered on the climbs yesterday but managed to hang on today to have an input in the finish.”

Two roads stages remain in Palmerston North.

“We have a few different plans that we can play with,” noted Gillow. “There are only four of us, but we are four strong riders. I can see us going for time bonuses or getting some of us the road or both. There are several possibilities.”

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Taken from the Greenedge website which does not let you link

GreenEdge Women owning the mens team so far

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GreenEdge Women owning the mens team so far

was always going to happen  ;D

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Taken from the Greenedge website which does not let you link

Best way to cheat, follow their twitter and get the link from there, hyper-links to a "node". For example

Yeah the women, Ardnt in particular, going very strong.

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Right...

The breakaway of 2 NZ riders win the stage, Emma Crum (1st) and Amy Bradley.

Evelyn Stevens in yellow apparently.

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ooh, need to update this. cobbles took over :D

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