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By VeloNews Interactive
Saturday’s double stage of the Grand Prix Feminin du Quebec saw Saturn sweep the two stages, Intersports Pia Sunstedt move into the race lead, and Canadian teenager Genevieve Jeanson withdraw from the race due to a knee injury.
Saturn won each of the day’s stages, with Lyne Bessette winning the morning’s 19.1km time trial, seven seconds ahead of AutoTrader.com’s Amber Neben and 31 seconds better than Sunstedt. With her third place, Sunstedt moved ahead of another Saturn rider, Anke Erlank, into the overall lead.
In the afternoon, Sunstedt protected her 21 second lead in the 40km criterium. Unable to spring either Bessette or Erlank clear of Sundstedt to gain time in the overall standings, Saturn instead settled for another stage win, with German Petra Rossner beating out Nicole Cooke (Great Britain) and Julie Young (AutoTrader.com) out of a group of five.
Stage 4, time trial;
1. Lyne Bessette (Can), Saturn Timex, 19.1km in 25:19; 2. Amber Neben (USA), AutoTrader.com, 25:26; 3. Pia Sunstedt (Fin), Intersports, 25:50; 4. Katrina Berger (USA), AutoTrader.com, 25:57; 5. Clara Hughes (Can), Saturn Timex, 26:07;
1. Petra Rossner (G), Saturn Timex; 2. Nicole Cooke (GB), British National Team; 3. Julie Young (USA), AutoTrader.com; 4. Melissa Holt (NZ), Rona; 5. Nicole Freedman (USA), CSFB, all s.t.;
1. Sunstedt; 2. Anke Erlank (SA), Saturn Timex, at 0:21; 3. Bessette, at 1:18; 4. Berger, at 4:15; 5. Nicole Demars (Can), at 5:32.