Columbia-HTC’s Kim Anderson claimed overall victory of the Route de France Friday. The American rider and her teammates celebrated the win after the 132km stage from Blanzat to Chatelguyon.
“This is such a fantastic outcome, and it’s great to be in this position,” Anderson said. “The stage was a lot less stressful than I thought it would be. I only really had to watch Evelyn (Stevens of the U.S. national team) who was in second. Once we got into the circuits my teammates really kept the pace. I just held on, stayed patient, and when Evelyn finally did attack, I just thought ‘I really can do this.'”
Anderson said she had great confidence in Friday’s stage, feeling the support of her team.
“The team and (sports director) Ronny (Lauke) had so much confidence in me going into today,” she said. “I just focused on that and didn’t want to disappoint after all the work they did for me.”
Anderson’s victory marks the Columbia-HTC women’s 43rd win of the 2009 season.