By VeloNews Interactive
Saturn’s Judith Arndt completed Saturn’s dominant run at the Tour de L’Aude on Sunday, taking the overall title, while teammate Petra Rossner won the final stage in Limoux, France. Arndt finished the 10-day race 1:16 ahead of Russia’s Valentina Polkhanova (Itera) and 1:24 over Lithuania’s Edita Pucinskaite (Figurella).
On Sunday, the five-woman Saturn team set things up perfectly for Rossner, chasing down late breakaway Pia Sunstedt (Figurella) and then leading out Rossner for the sprint win over Angela Brodtka (Redbull). The win was the sixth in 10 stages for Saturn.
The Saturn run began with Teutenberg, who took the yellow jersey with her victory on stage 1, and then held it for seven more days, including two more stage wins. When the race hit the Pyrénées, Saturn made a smooth transition, passing the leader’s jersey from Teutenberg to Arndt. Arndt escaped with Pucinskaite and Polkhanova on the mountainous stage 8, and climbed into the leader’s yellow jersey after finishing third on the day. She would hold the lead through stage 9, and then Saturn capped off the race with Rossner’s win on the 10th and final stage.
1. Judith Arndt (G); 2. Valentina Polkhanova (Rus), at 1:16; 3. Edita Pucinskaite (Lit), at 1:24; 4. Ina Teutenberg (G), at 3:50; 5. Susanne Ljungskog (S), at 4:44; 6. Mirjam Melchers (Nl), at 5:53; 7. Sandrine Marcuz (F), at 7:50; 8. Jenny Algelid Bengtsson (S), at 7:53; 9. Rasa Polikeviciute (Lit), at 7:59; 10. Aline Camboulives (F), at 8:58.