By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2001
Saturn’s Anna Millward pulled on the leader’s jersey of the 10-day Tour de l’Aude after putting in the fastest time on the 3km prologue course in Gruissan, France, on May 18. The Australian’s time was 4:23, with New Zealand’s Sarah Ulmer the surprise of the day, coming in for second place, three seconds back. Germany’s Judith Arndt and Petra Rossners — two know as TT specialists, finished third and fourth, 4 and 8 seconds slower.
Canadian Lyne Bessette (Saturn) was the day’s top North American, finishing sixth, 9 seconds slower than Millward.
Tomorrow’s first stage is a 106km loop at Coursan. The race concludes on May 27.
Copyright AFP 2001
TOUR de l’AUDE, France. May 18-27.
Prologue: 1. Anna Millward (Aus), Saturn, 3km in 4:23 (40.931kph); 2. Sarah Ulmer (NZ), 4:26; 3. Judith Arndt (G), 4:27; 4. Petra Rossner (G), 4:31; 5. Susy Pryde (NZ), 4:31; 6. Lyne Bessette (Can), Saturn, 4:32; 7. Chantal Beltman (Nl), 4:32; 8. Edita Pucinshaite (Lit); 4:33; 9. Katie Mactier (Aus), 4:33; 10. Marielle Van Scheppingen (Nl), 4:34.