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Tour de Snowy: Saturn’s Arndt takes overall on final day

Saturn’s Judith Arndt overcame a 54-second deficit on the final day to take the overall win in Australia’s Tour de Snowy. Early race leader Mirjam Melchers had to settle for second, at 0:14, while Sweden’s Susanne Ljungskog (Vlaanderen) was third, at 0:29. Racing started Wednesday morning with an 87.2km run from Adaminaby to Cooma, and Arndt’s Saturn team came out swinging from the very beginning. After a series of attacks, Arndt shot off the front and quickly gained 30 seconds on the peloton. Behind her a group containing Melchers, Mari Holden (Cannondale-USA) and Ljungskog chased hard. But

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Saturn’s Judith Arndt overcame a 54-second deficit on the final day to take the overall win in Australia’s Tour de Snowy. Early race leader Mirjam Melchers had to settle for second, at 0:14, while Sweden’s Susanne Ljungskog (Vlaanderen) was third, at 0:29.

Racing started Wednesday morning with an 87.2km run from Adaminaby to Cooma, and Arndt’s Saturn team came out swinging from the very beginning. After a series of attacks, Arndt shot off the front and quickly gained 30 seconds on the peloton. Behind her a group containing Melchers, Mari Holden (Cannondale-USA) and Ljungskog chased hard. But Arndt proved stronger, using a 38-second gain, plus bonus time, to move to within one second of Melchers with just the stage 5 criterium to go.

Arndt’s breakaway partner, Australian Liz Tadich (AIS) took the stage 4 victory, crossing the line in 2:12:02. Another Australian, Rochelle Gilmore (NSWIS-Trek) led the bunch in to claim third.

In the evening’s 30km criterium, Saturn covered an early break, then maintained control of the front, with Arndt waiting until the final corners to make her move. On the second to last bend she powered away from the field with only Australian Rochelle Gilmore able to hang on her wheel. Gilmore passed Arndt in the final meters, but the German rider claimed the crucial 15-second time bonus to take the overall win.

With her win of the Tour de Snowy, Arndt retains her lead of the UCI world rankings, with Melchers in second, and Saturn’s Anna Millward in third.

Results

TOUR DE SNOWY, March 4-6. Australia; Stage 4: Adaminaby to Cooma; 1. Liz Tadich (Aus), AIS, 87.2km in 2:12:02 (39.55 kph); 2. Judith Arndt (G), Saturn; 3. Rochelle Gilmore (Aus), NSWIS-Trek, at 0:38; 4. Petra Rossner (G), Saturn; 5. Naomi Williams (Aus), AIS; 6. Susanne Ljungskog (Swe), Vlaanderen; 7. Priska Doppmann (Swi), International; 8. Briget Evans (Aus), Cycle Cooma; 9. Rosalind Reekie-May (NZ), New Zealand; 10. Hayley Rutherford (Aus), AIS, all same time; Also; 14. Kimberly Bruckner (USA), Saturn; 26. Jessica Phillips (USA), Saturn; 29. Kimberly Anderson (USA), Cannondale USA; 39. Mari Holden (USA), Cannondale USA, at 2:06; 41. Katrina Berger (USA), Cannondale USA, at 2:52; 53. Dorothy Cowden (USA), Cannondale USA, at 15:31

Stage 5: Cooma Criterium; 1. Rochelle Gilmore (Aus), NSWIS-Trek, 30km in 42:25 (42.4 kph); 2. Judith Arndt (G), Saturn; 3. Susanne Ljungskog (Swe), Vlaanderen; 4. Priska Doppmann (Swi), International; 5. Mirjam Melchers (Nl), The Netherlands; 6. Alison Wright (Aus), AIS; 7. Miho Oki (Jp), Japan 1; 8. Hayley Rutherford (Aus), AIS; 9. Naomi Williams (Aus), AIS; 10. Catherine Marsal (F), Saturn, all same time; Also; 21. Kimberly Bruckner (USA), Saturn; 29. Mari Holden (USA), Cannondale USA; 37. Jessica Phillips (USA), Saturn, at 1:56; 40. Katrina Berger (USA), Cannondale USA, at 4:06; 53. Dorothy Cowden (USA), Cannondale USA, at 6:02

Final overall; 1. Judith Arndt (G), Saturn, 8:35:50; 2. Mirjam Melchers (Nl), The Netherlands, at 0:14; 3. Susanne Ljungskog (Swe), Vlaanderen, at 0:29; 4. Priska Doppmann (Swi), International, at 0:38; 5. Kimberly Bruckner (USA), Saturn, at 0:52; 6. Margaret Hemsley (Aus), Australian National Team, at 1:19; 7. Emma James (Aus), NSWIS Trek, at 1:41; 8. Catherine Marsal (F), Saturn, at 1:56; 9. Rosalind Reekie-May (NZ), New Zealand, at 1:59; 10. Hanka Kupfernagel (G), Vlaanderen, at 2:35; Also; 21. Mari Holden (USA), Cannondale USA, at 5:59; 25. Jessica Phillips (USA), Saturn, at 9.44; 34. Katrina Berger (USA), Cannondale USA, at 17:02; 42. Dorothy Cowden (USA), Cannondale USA, at 28:26