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By Rob Jones, VeloNews Correspondent
Julie Young (Autotrader.com) donned the leader’s jersey at the end of the first stage of the Grand Prix Feminin International du Quebec. Young was a member of a nine-rider breakaway that got away 18km into the 97km stage around the town of Farnham, south and east of Montreal.
The break was initially composed of Young, her teammate Sarah Ulmer, Julia Farell (VeriZon), Andrea Hannos (VeriZon), Pia Sundstedt (Intersports), Charlotte Hopkinson (Great Britain), Melissa Holt (Rona), Ina Teutenberg (Saturn) and Anke Erlank (Saturn). Holt was called back to the peloton to support an unsuccessful bridging attempt by her team leader Genevieve Jeanson, and Teutenberg was dropped by the other leaders during the mountain points sprint, leaving seven to duke it out at the end.
Young benefited from a strong leadout by Ulmer to take the stage and the leader’s jersey. Erlank took second and Sundstedt third. The pack rolled in approximately two minutes down.
1. Julie Young (USA), AutoTrader.com 97 km in 2:20:59;
2. Anke Erlank (RSA), Saturn;
3. Pia Sundstedt (Fin), Intersports;
4. Andrea Hannos (Can), VeriZon;
5. Julia Farell (Can), VeriZon;
6. Charlotte Hopkins (GB), Great Britain National;
7. Sarah Ulmer (NZ), AutoTrader.com, all s.t.;
8. Stacey Peters (USA), 800.com, at 0:12;
9. Catherine Marsal (F), Intersports, at 1:39;
10. Lyne Bessette (Can), Saturn, at 1:52