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Le Tour du Grand Montréal - 2.1

Canada, June 4-7, 2007

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Stage 1 - June 4: Châteauguay, 107 km

Schleicher's triple lead

By Kirsten Robbins in Montreal, Canada

Regina Schleicher (Nürnberger) had no time
Photo ©: CJ Farquharson
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Unfavorable weather condition greeted the Le Grand Tour du Montreal's inaugural road stage opener, the event having commenced with an individual time trial in years past. Equipe Nurnberger-Versicherung went up against T-Mobile and Safi-pasta in pursuit of the opening stage win. In the final kilometre Equipe Nurnberger proved it had the stronger lead out, with former world champion Regina Schleicher blazing across the finish line ahead of Oenone Wood (T-Mobile) and Georgia Bronzini (Safi-Pasta).

Of the 24 squads to start Saturday's women's World Cup round, some 22 stuck around to contest the tour and the large number of sprinters favoured the event's new start. The stage was changed from a speedy prologue to a 107 kilometre race where the women completed eight laps of a technical circuit.

The race goes through Chateauguay.
Photo ©: Mitch Friedman
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Sprint laps were held with five and three laps remaining and were hotly contested by both T-Mobile and Nurnberger. In the end it was Schleicher who reigned supreme, with two second places accumulating the German enough points to take the sprint jersey, and the points jersey, in addition to the overall leader's jersey.

The new race format ensured a flurry of activity in the opening stage as teams vied to get the jump on one another. "We were trying to gain as much time as we could," Wood said. "We were going for the intermediate sprints too. But, the whole race was pretty fast and there were a lot of attacks even though nothing was able to stay away for longer than a few seconds."

Constant attacks kept the race alive but all attempted getaways were scooped up by the speeding peloton before the sprint finale. Equipe Nurnberger executed its lead out flawlessly, beginning with Trixi Worrack through the last corner and Schleicher nestled in tight on her wheel. "Coming into the last corner it was very chaotic," Wood said. "It was a very technical finish with lots of corners but with six hundred meters to go I was able to get into good position behind Regina [Schleicher]. Trixi [Worrack] was the first through the corner to lead her out and I wasn't able to come around her."


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Images by CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net

Images by Andrea Brewer Photography/www.andreabrewer.com


1 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung    2.45.43
2 Oenone Wood (Aus) T-mobile                                       
3 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Manhattan               
4 Chantal Beltman (Ned) T-mobile                                   
5 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Menikini - Selle Italia - Gysko           
6 Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) Colavita Sutter Home                       
7 Brooke Miller (USA) Team TIBCO                                   
8 Gina Grain (Can) Team expresscopy.com                            
9 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung               
10 Lorian Graham (Aus) Australian National Team                    
11 Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint                             
12 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Getranke-Hoffmann                           
13 Annette Butler (Swi) Vinci-Specialized-Menikini                 
14 Catherine Cheatley (NZl) Cheerwine                              
15 Anne Samplonius (Can) Team expresscopy.com                      
16 Élodie Touffet (Fra) Menikini - Selle Italia - Gysko            
17 Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint                                
18 Judith Arndt (Ger) T-mobile                                     
19 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Manhattan             
20 Elena Novikova (Rus) Russian Cyclist Federation                 
21 Karin Aune (Swe) Menikini - Selle Italia - Gysko                
22 Fei Wang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                                
23 Alex Wrubleski (Can) Colavita Sutter Home                       
24 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Menikini - Selle Italia - Gysko             
25 Katherine Bates (Aus) T-mobile                                  
26 Leigh Hobson (Can) Cheerwine                                    
27 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Manhattan            
28 Andrea Graus (Aut) Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung               
29 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Russian Cyclist Federation          
30 Yoanka Gonzalez (Cub) Cuba National Team                        
31 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Team UNIQA                                   
32 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung             
33 Kristin Armstrong (USA) TEAm Lipton                             
34 Venera Absalyamova (Rus) Russian Cyclist Federation             
35 Alison Powers (USA) Colavita Sutter Home                        
36 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team                 
37 Dalila Rodriguez (Cub) Cuba National Team                       
38 Gina Waibl (NZl) New Zealand National Team                      
39 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Manhattan                
40 Betina Hold (Can) Cheerwine                                     
41 Stacy Marple (USA) Team TIBCO                                   
42 Liza Rachetto (USA) Team TIBCO                                  
43 Christine Ruiter (USA) Cheerwine                                
44 Theresa Senff (Ger) Getranke-Hoffmann                           
45 Helen Kelly (Aus) Webcor Builders                               
46 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Australian National Team                    
47 Yudelmis Dominguez (Cub) Cuba National Team                     
48 Serena Sheridan (NZl) New Zealand National Team                 
49 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Australian National Team                   
50 Jocelyn Loane (Aus) Australian National Team                    
51 Candice Sullivan (Aus) Australian National Team                 
52 Yalia Arustamova (Rus) Russian Cyclist Federation               
53 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Manhattan                 
54 Kristen Lasasso (USA) TEAm Lipton                               
55 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders                        
56 Iona Wynter (Jam) Colavita Sutter Home                          
57 Jenipher Stevenson (Can) Cascades                               
58 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint                            
59 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra) Team UNIQA                         
60 Marisa Asplund (USA) Team TIBCO                                 
61 Tina Liebig (Ger) Getranke-Hoffmann                             
62 Victoria Bastide (Swe) Team TIBCO                               
63 Suzanne Van Veen (Ned) Team Flexpoint                           
64 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Menikini - Selle Italia - Gysko             
65 Carla Ryan (Aus) Australian National Team                       
66 Natalie Bates (Aus) Getranke-Hoffmann                           
67 Mara Abbott (USA) Webcor Builders                               
68 Anke Wichmann (Ger) T-mobile                                    
69 Megan Guarnier (USA) Terry Precision                            
70 Katheryn Curi (USA) Webcor Builders                             
71 Dotsie Bausch (USA) Colavita Sutter Home                        
72 Rachel Heal (GBr) Webcor Builders                               
73 Lauren Franges (USA) TEAm Lipton                                
74 Meredith Miller (USA) TEAm Lipton                           0.17
75 Monika Schachl (Aut) Team UNIQA                                 
76 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung            
77 Kori Kelley Seehafer (USA) TEAm Lipton                          
78 Brei Gudsell (NZl) New Zealand National Team                    
79 Lara Kroepsch (USA) TEAm Lipton                                 
80 Brooke Ourada (NZl) Cheerwine                                   
81 Karol-Ann Kanuel (Can) Vinci-Specialized-Menikini               
82 Erinne Willock (Can) Team expresscopy.com                       
83 Elisa Gagnon (Can) Advil/Chapstick                              
84 Claudia Stumpf (Ger) Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung             
85 Joanie Caron (Can) Cascades                                     
86 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) T-mobile                                    
87 Yumari Gonzalez (Cub) Cuba National Team                        
88 Amber Rais (USA) Webcor Builders                                
89 Hiroko Shimada (Jpn) Target Training                            
90 Kathleen Billington (USA) Target Training                   0.59
91 Stacy Spencer (Can) Colavita Sutter Home                    1.10
92 Melissa Holt (NZl) Team expresscopy.com                         
93 Marina Duvnjak (NZl) New Zealand National Team                  
94 Katie Lambden (USA) Team TIBCO                              2.56
95 Jennifer Reither (USA) Marinoni-Cadence                     3.12
96 Jennifer Wilson (USA) Marinoni-Cadence                      5.36
97 Geneviève Gagnon (Can) Cascades                             8.35
98 Joelle Numainville (Can) Team expresscopy.com              10.55
99 Marie-Pier Bédard (Can) Vinci-Specialized-Menikini              
100 Anna Milkowski (USA) Target Training                           
101 Su Fen Ma (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                              
102 Kirsten Robbins (Can) Advil/Chapstick                          
103 Veronika Sprugl (Aut) Team UNIQA                               
104 Ekaterina Malomura (Rus) Russian Cyclist Federation            
105 Yeima Torres (Cub) Cuba National Team                          
106 Virginia Hennig (Ger) Getranke-Hoffmann                        
107 Kerry Litka (USA) Terry Precision                              
108 Xiao Ning Gao (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                          
109 Bernadette Schober (Aut) Team UNIQA                            
110 Natasha Elliot (Can) Terry Precision                           
111 Véronique Labonté (Can) Cascades                          11.26
112 Lila Fraser (Can) Cascades                                16.02
113 Ireen Wieditz (Can) Terry Precision                            
114 Julie Marceau (Can) Marinoni-Cadence                           
115 Johanne Cyr (Can) Cascades                                     
116 Elena Gayun (Rus) Russian Cyclist Federation              16.53
117 Kathleen Villeneuve (Can) Marinoni-Cadence                     
118 Ann Hansgate (USA) Terry Precision                        16.57
119 Magali Tisseyre (Can) Marinoni-Cadence                         
120 Tara Ross (Can) Advil/Chapstick                                
121 Mandy Lozanno (USA) Target Training                       23.26
122 Naomi Cermak (Can) Terry Precision                        23.28
123 Amanda Sin (Can) Advil/Chapstick                               
124 Carissa Wilkes (NZl) New Zealand National Team                 
125 Xiong Ying Ruan (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                   30.04
126 Karine Tessier (Can) Marinoni-Cadence                     32.52
127 Émilie Roy (Can) Vinci-Specialized-Menikini               41.18
DNF Andrea Meyers (USA) Target Training                            
DNS Jessica Phillips (USA) Team expresscopy.com                    

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