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Mactier wins Tour de l’Aude kickoff

Australian Katie Mactier won the prologue of the 24th Tour de l'Aude on Friday in the streets of Gruissan. The flat course clearly suited the Australian, despite a swirling wind at the seaside resort. Ellen Van Dijk was second in the 3.9km time trial with American Alison Powers third. Saturday brings the 106 racers a 113km road stage.

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By staff and wire reports

Australian Katie Mactier won the prologue of the 24th Tour de l’Aude on Friday in the streets of Gruissan.

The flat course clearly suited the Australian, despite a swirling wind at the seaside resort. Ellen Van Dijk was second in the 3.9km time trial with American Alison Powers third.

Saturday brings the 106 racers a 113km road stage.

Results

Tour de l’Aude
Prologue

1. Katie Mactier (Aus), 3.9km in 5:02:78
2. Ellen Van Dijk (Ned), at 0:01
3. Alison Powers (USA), at 0:02
4. Suzanne Ljungskog (Swe), same time
5. Mirjam Melcherg (Ned), at 0:03

Complete results (PDF)