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Montreal World Cup - CDM
Canada, May 27, 2006
Arndt out sprints Cooke at the top of Mount Royal
By Kirsten Robbins from Montreal, Canada
T-Mobile’s former world champion Judith Arndt won the 2006 Montreal World Cup today in a two up sprint with current World Cup leader Nicole Cooke of Univega; TEAm Lipton’s Kristin Armstrong climbed close behind for third place.
The Montreal World Cup is the seventh of a twelve-cup series. Coming into the event Cooke held two hundred and nineteen points, just seventy-four points ahead of Arndt. Arndt’s win today brought her gap down to forty-nine points behind Cooke in the World Cup standings.
Arndt told Cyclingnews that T-Mobile’s strategy was difficult with the loss of two riders to illness, reducing the team to four starters. “We were really lucky today because we can’t cover all of the breaks with such a small team,” said Arndt.
“It was such good teamwork and the staff was so good. The three girls were to go with early moves focusing on teams like Univega and Nurnberger because of Nicole Cooke. Nicole wants to win the overall World Cup series and she was fresh today because she did not race the Tour de L’Aude.
“My strategy was to go with Univega riders Cooke or Doppmann but I thought it will be a bunch sprint at the end like all the other years,” Arndt said.
This round of the world cup started without two of its traditional main attractions as Lyne Bessette recently announced her retirement and and last year's winner Genevieve Jeanson retired last year after being suspended for doping. However, the start line hosted 120 women at the top of Mount Royal at midday, a record number of starters for this world cup.
The fans of the event came in with full force this year and many of them watched the world-class athletes at the new addition of the course – the hairpin turn along Avenue Du Parc at the base of the climb. The additional segment of the event made the circuit ten kilometers long, and riders rode eleven laps instead of the previous twelve.
With three laps remaining in the race the field was reduced to approximately twenty riders. There was a solo break by Nobili's Elodie Touffet that remained off the front until the finishing climb.
“There were maybe twenty girls at the bottom of the climb but I never looked back after that,” said Arndt. “We caught the poor Nobili girl [Elodie Touffet] who was off the front for the last two laps. I felt bad for her because she had a one minute and thirty second gap at one point and was working so hard. We caught her with one kilometer to go.”
During the final climb the remaining group shattered under the pressure of Arndt and Cooke’s battle. “So much happened in the last five hundred meters and I just tried to be on the good wheel. Then with two hundred meters to go I could feel that I had a good chance to win,” said Arndt.
“I was not sure with Nicole Cooke because sometimes she can look so bad during a race and then she will win. She was my favourite today and I thought she was going to win.”
Sweden will host the eighth round of the World Cup, the Open Le Suede Vargarda on July 28th, 2006.
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1 Judith Arndt (Ger) T-Mobile 3.11.52 2 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Univega 3 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Lipton 0.03 4 Annette Beutler (Swi) Elk Haus No 5 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Nurnberger Versicherung 0.13 6 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor-Platinum 7 Sue Palmer-Komar (Can) Équipe du Canada 0.19 8 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor-Platinum 9 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Pruneaux d'Agen- Bianchi Aliverti Kookai 0.24 10 Kori Seehafer (USA) Lipton 0.30 11 Rachel Heal (GBr) Victory Brewing 12 Alex Wrubleski (Can) Canadian national team 13 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Univega 0.32 14 Kimberly Baldwin (USA) T-Mobile 0.35 15 Patricia Schwager (Swi) Elk Haus No 0.37 16 Christiane Soeder (Aut) Univega 0.41 17 Elisabeth Chevanne Brunel (Fra) Pruneaux d'Agen- Bianchi Aliverti Kookai 18 Xiang Yin Ruan (Chn) Giant pro cycling 0.46 19 Johanna Buick (NZl) New Zealand national team 0.48 20 Leigh Hobson (Can) Victory Brewing 0.55 21 Anne Guzman (Can) Diet Cheerwine 1.00 22 Anne Samplonius (Can) Biovail 23 Elodie Touffet (Fra) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 1.03 24 Min Gao (Chn) Giant pro cycling 1.20 25 Amy Moore (Can) T-Mobile 1.30 26 Toni Janne Bradshaw (NZl) Pruneaux d'Agen- Bianchi Aliverti Kookai 1.33 27 Katie Mactier (Aus) Argon 18 -Champion system 1.38 28 Katherine Bates (Aus) Nurnberger Versicherung 29 Jennifer Stephenson (Can) Biovail 30 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Univega 2.36 31 Grace Fleury (USA) Lipton 2.53 32 Alexandra Le Henaff (Fra) Pruneaux d'Agen- Bianchi Aliverti Kookai 4.07 33 Marisa Asplund (USA) Colorado Premier Training 4.31 34 Betina Hold (Can) Webcor-Platinum 35 Miho Oki (Jpn) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 5.25 36 Tina Liebig (Ger) Nurnberger Versicherung 6.11 37 Gussepina Grassi (Mex) Mexican national team 8.43 38 Stephanie Bourbeau (Can) Biovail 10.17 39 Johanne Cyr (Can) Équipe du Québec 12.05 40 Veronica Leal (Mex) Mexican national team 12.38 41 Alison Shanks (NZl) New Zealand national team 13.27 42 Katharine Carroll (USA) Victory Brewing 13.30 43 Kirsten Robbins (Can) Victory Brewing 44 Gina Grain (Can) Giant pro cycling 45 Nicky Wangsgard (USA) Colorado Premier Training 13.37 46 Hiroko Shimada (Jpn) Diet Cheerwine 13.40 47 Audrey Lemieux (Can) Équipe du Québec 13.42 48 Karin Russo (Aut) Elk Haus No 13.56 49 Christina Ruiter (USA) Victory Brewing OTL Phillips Jessica (USA) Argon 18 -Champion system 14.03 OTL Yun Mei Wu (Chn) Giant pro cycling 14.06 OTL Yan Xia Jiang (Chn) Giant pro cycling 14.20 OTL Michelle Beltran (USA) Diet Cheerwine 19.11 OTL Julie Bellerose (Can) Ann Arbor Velo club 19.14 OTL Amanda Shaw (Can) Biovail 19.15 OTL Maribel Diaz (Mex) Mexican national team 19.20 OTL Kerry Litka (USA) Diet Cheerwine 20.41 OTL Julie Marceau (Can) équipe mixte Cascades 21.17 OTL Claudia Hecht (Ger) Nurnberger Versicherung 28.10 DNF Emma Rickards (Aus) Univega DNF Christiana Becker (Ger) T-Mobile DNF Anke Wichmann (Ger) Nurnberger Versicherung DNF Oenone Wood (Aus) Nurnberger Versicherung DNF Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas DNF Milena Pirola (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas DNF Olivia Gollan (Aus) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas DNF Andreu Vilajosana (Spa) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas DNF Marina Duvnjak (NZl) New Zealand national team DNF Dale Tye (NZl) New Zealand national team DNF Amy Mosen (NZl) New Zealand national team DNF Helen Kelly (Aus) Elk Haus No DNF Lang Meng (Chn) Giant pro cycling DNF Tamara Jayne Boyd NSZ19800213 Pruneaux d'Agen- Bianchi Aliverti Kookai DNF Alison Testroete (Can) Canadian national team DNF Anna Tratnyek (Can) Canadian national team DNF Heather Lamson (Can) Canadian national team DNF Moriah Macgregor (Can) Canadian national team DNF Rosario Peralta (Mex) Mexican national team DNF Annet Rios (Mex) Mexican national team DNF Berenice Castro (Mex) Mexican national team DNF Emilie Roy (Can) Équipe du Québec DNF Joanie Caron (Can) Équipe du Québec DNF Marie-Pier Bédard (Can) Équipe du Québec DNF Krystal Jeffs (Can) Équipe du Québec DNF Joëlle Numainville (Can) Biovail DNF Lisa Sweeney (Can) Colorado Premier Training DNF Kami Tremblay (USA) Colorado Premier Training DNF Aimee Vasse VAS19780722 Colorado Premier Training DNF Alena Radomsky (Can) BC Coastal DNF Christina Briante (Can) BC Coastal DNF Lee Darling (Can) BC Coastal DNF Barbara Zimich (Can) BC Coastal DNF Leah Guloien (Can) BC Coastal DNF Lauren Franges (USA) Victory Brewing DNF Wendy Caldwell (USA) Ann Arbor Velo club DNF Laura Johnson (USA) Ann Arbor Velo club DNF Dawn Lovejoy (USA) Ann Arbor Velo club DNF Gutierrez Hilda Mota (Mex) Ann Arbor Velo club DNF Megan Elliott (USA) Argon 18 -Champion system DNF Christen King (USA) Argon 18 -Champion system DNF Meredith Miller (USA) Lipton DNF Liza Rachetto (USA) Lipton DNF Felicia Gomez (Can) Webcor-Platinum DNF Katheryn Curi (USA) Webcor-Platinum DNF Rebecca Nelson (Can) Diet Cheerwine DNF Marie-Caroline Côté (Can) équipe mixte Cascades DNF Jodi Bilek-Deville (Can) équipe mixte Cascades DNF Amanda Cox (Can) équipe mixte Cascades DNF Jessica Burns (Can) équipe mixte Cascades DNF Marie-Michèle Richard (Can) équipe mixte Cascades
1 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Univega