Last year, Judith Arndt (High Road) crashed at 300 meters from the finish line at the Montreal World Cup and finished in third place.
This year, with the help of her teammates including Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, the current World Cup leader Arndt came through by outsprinting defending champion Fabiana Luperini (Menikini), after three hours, eleven minutes and thirty-three seconds in the saddle to win the 11e Coupe du monde de cyclisme féminin de Montréal (Montreal World Cup). Thirty-two seconds later, Leigh Hobson (Canadian National Team) finished in third place.
“Today was really hard, especially with the weather and the roads but our plan was to be aggressive and we did that. Ina [Teutenberg] was out there solo for most of the race and when she got caught, Chantal [Beltman] and Kim [Anderson] attacked.” said Arndt in the High Road team report.
Under pouring rain which stopped during the race, the 123 women started off on very wet and slippery roads for the eleven laps of the seventh World Cup in Montreal. No attacks were successful until Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (High Road) launched from the field on the second lap, and she was off the front gaining a maximum gap of a bit over one minute before being reeled in six laps later, which allowed Arndt and her teammates to rest as much as possible in the field.
With only 2 laps to go, American Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce) attacked, and immediately Arndt, Luperini, Emma Pooley (Specialized Designs for Women) and Sara Carrigan (Australian National Team) jumped on her wheel. Canadians Anne Samplonius, Erinne Willock and Leigh Hobson bridged up to create a group of eight. Arndt attacked on the final climb and only Luperini was able to follow, and the one-on-one sprint was on with Arndt taking the victory.
This is the fifth time in six years that Arndt has been on the podium in Montreal, and her second time on the top step after her win in 2006.
Arndt, with this second World Cup win, after Ronde van Vlaaderen, has increased her lead on top of the overall World Cup Standings with four races left on the calendar.
With her podium placement, Hobson should have ensured her spot at the Olympic Games with Alex Wrubelski, the third rider is still to be named.