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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
Germany’s Judith Arndt won the final round of the UCI Women’s World Cup, the 140km Rotterdam Tour in the Netherlands on Sunday. Saturn’s Anna Millward took the overall World Cup title, despite abandoning the final round on a rainy, windy day in the Netherlands.
At the start of the final finishing circuit, with about 20km to go, Arndt escaped from a group of seven which had gone off earlier in the race. Despite the wind and the rain, the German powered away on the final lap, putting more than three minutes on the closest chaser in those closing kilometers. At the finish, Arndt had her first World Cup win of the season, coming in 3:24 ahead of the Netherlands Debby Mansveld and Norway’s Monica Valen.
In the overall standings, Millward topped the charts with 324 points, with the Netherlands Mirjam Melchers second (285 points) and Sweden’s Susanne Ljungskog third (240).
1. Judith Arndt (G), 140km in 3:33:56; 2. Debby Mansveld (Nl), at 3:24; 3. Monica Valen (N), s.t.; 4. Sharon Van Essen (Nl), at 4:11; 5. Sandra Missbach (G), s.t.; 6. Edith Moerenhout-Klep (Nl), at 4:23; 7. Ghita Beltman (Nl), at 4:29; 8. Mirjam Melchers (Nl), at 5:33; 9. Rochelle Gilmore (Aus); 10. Chantal Beltman (Nl), both s.t.