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Stage 8 - March 7: Tumut Criterium, 30 km

Final stage to Ulmer, but Bruckner the champion

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Sarah Ulmer
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The final stage of the Tour de Snowy has been taken out by 24 year old rider, Sarah Ulmer. She was part of a four woman breakaway that managed to lap the field in the 30 kilometre criterium in Tumut. In second place was Jayco's Liz Tadich, who narrowly failed to beat the New Zealander as the two sprinted for the win, while third and fourth went to Sara Carrigan (AIS) and Roz Reekie-May (NZ) respectively. Saturn-Timex's Kim Bruckner had no trouble keeping Zinaida Stahurskaia in check, and took out the overall general classification.

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Stage 7 - March 7: Tumbarumba - Tumut, 69.1 km

Melchers finds her legs

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Mirjam Melchers wins
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Dutch champion, Mirjam Melchers has won the penultimate stage of the Tour de Snowy, her first win of the 2001 season. In an uphill sprint into Tumut, Melchers beat Australian Elizabeth Tadich (Jayco) and Rochelle Gilmore (NSWIS), with the rest of the bunch finishing in the same time. Saturn-Timex rider, Kim Bruckner held onto her leader's jersey, with one stage left.

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Stage 6 - March 6: Khancoban - Cabramurra, 110.8 km

Bruckner vaults into the lead

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Bruckner leads
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Team Saturn-Timex kept the overall race lead in the Tour de Snowy, recording their 5th stage win in the process as 30 year old Kim Bruckner rode into Cabramurra alone a winner. She beat Australian Institute of Sport rider, Margaret Hemsley, by over a minute and a half after the two had attacked at kilometre 64. In third place was Zinaida Stahurskaia (GAS), who put nearly 2 minutes into race leader Anna Millward, but was over 4 minutes behind Bruckner at the end - not enough to overhaul the American.

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Stage 5 - March 5: Thredbo - Khancoban, 77.3 km

World champion stage

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Go Zina!
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The Tour de Snowy took an interesting twist today with the first serious mountain stage from Thredbo to Khancoban. Despite a generally downhill profile, there was more than enough in the first category climb to Scammell's Ridge, with its summit at 62 kilometres, to completely split the bunch. On the climb, Belorussian World Champion Zinaida Stahurskaia (GAS) rode the legs off everyone and looked set for a solo win. That was until race leader Anna Millward caught her with 3 kilometres to go, eventually taking second place but keeping the overall lead.

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Stage 4 - March 4: Thredbo Circuit Race, 35.2 km

Millward second, but Saturn still triumph

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Anke Erlank
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Team Saturn have notched up their fourth stage victory in the Tour de Snowy, after South Africa's Anke Erlank took out stage 4 in Thredbo today. Erlank benefited from the generosity of her teammate Anna Millward, who allowed her to escape in the last kilometre while being satisfied with second place (and more bonus seconds). In third place was Zinaida Stahuskaia, who is probably one of the biggest threats to Millward's lead over the next two days.

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Stage 3 - March 4: Jindabyne - Thredbo, 35.9 km

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Anna Millward
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Triple Millward, can she do four?

Tour de Snowy race leader Anna Millward (Saturn) has recorded her third successive stage win in the race, putting paid to suspicions that she was just here for "some training and a stage or two". Millward won the uphill 36 kilometre leg from Jindabyne to Thredbo in almost identical fashion to last year - in a bunch sprint after catching a breakaway with a few kilometres to go.

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Stage 2 - March 3: Cooma - Jindabyne, 61.1 km

Millward makes the double

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Millward gets another
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As the skies cleared to brilliant blue for stage two, the riders took things a little steadier, with the outcome that a large group arrived in Jindabyne to to contest the finish. The downhill sprint was perfectly suited to Anna Millward (Saturn), who comfortably beat home Sara Carrigan (AIS) and Alfa Lum's Mari Holden. With the 20 second time bonus, Millward increased her lead in the general classification, but will have work to do tomorrow up to Thredbo.

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Stage 1 - March 3: Cooma Criterium, 30 km

Millward sprints to victory in Cooma

Saturn's Anna Millward has scored a win in the first stage of the Tour de Snowy, a 30 kilometre criterium around Cooma's town centre. The number one Australian rider beat Rochelle Gilmore (NSWIS) and Alison Wright (AIS) to make it a 1-2-3 finish for the Australians, although the European teams were quite prominent in their first race of the season.

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The World's greatest female cyclists will line up in Cooma for the start of the fourth staging of the internationally acclaimed Tour de Snowy on Saturday, March 3, 2001. Fourteen nations will be represented including current World road champion Zinaida Stahurskaia and the World Time Trial champion Mari Holden.

The race's ranking is equivalent to the highest in women's cycling in the world, equivalent to the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and HP Women's Challenge in the USA. The Tour de Snowy has been primarily supported by the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority, Snowy Hydro Trading and the NSW Sport & Recreation and has developed into a major world event on the Australian sporting calendar.

The five day race will commence in Cooma on Saturday, March 3 with a 30 kilometre criterium before heading to Jindabyne, 61 kilometres away, possibly the easiest of the five days of competition.

The following day the cyclists head to Thredbo and after the 36 kilometre road stage undertake 8 laps of a 4.4 kilometre circuit around Thredbo village, including the tough climb up Banjo Drive.
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On day 3, the cyclists race from Thredbo to Khancoban along the new Alpine Way, which has just been sealed and officially opened by the NSW Government. After climbing Dead Horse Gap (1582 m), the cyclists descend for more than 15 kilometres to just 300 metres above sea level, before climbing more than 700 metres and then descending into Khancoban.

The deciding factor of the race has always been the longest stage - 110.8 kilometres from Khancoban to Cabramurra and there will be little difference again this year. The riders start off from Khancoban at approximately 400 metres, and climb for the first 80 kilometres to just over 1000 metres, before descending back to 340 metres and then having to climb up past Tumut Power station and into Cabramurra, the highest village in Australia at 1540 metres.

On the final day, the cyclists will race 69.1 kilometres from Tumbarumba to Tumut, a slightly easier stage, before a criterium finish in the heart of Tumut's CBD.

The race is wide open this year, with more than 20 cyclists as real chances of overall victory. To view the start list and profiles of each rider, please click here.

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