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Canada, May 27, 2006

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Arndt out sprints Cooke at the top of Mount Royal

By Kirsten Robbins from Montreal, Canada

A happy Judith Arndt
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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.

Elodie Touffet (Nobili)
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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.

The podium
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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                          

World Cup standings after round 7

1 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Univega