High Road’s Judith Arndt won her second consecutive stage of the Tour du Grand Montréal this morning and moved herself into the overall race lead.
Just like last year, Arndt set the fastest time over the short and flat individual time trial of just over 2.8km in René Lévesque park in Lachine. She crossed the line after 4 minutes and 11 seconds averaging a speed of 50.2 km/hr. Suzanne de Goede (Nürnberger Versicherung) was second and Trine Schmidt (Menikini-Selle Italia) was third, both four seconds slower than Arndt. Regina Schleicher (Nurnberger Versicherung) was 23 seconds back and lost her leader’s jersey.
The results shuffled the general classification going into the evening’s 50km criterium in the Little Italy district. Arndt take over the top, with de Goede on her heels at 5 seconds back, and her teammate Kathy Bates in third place, at 14 seconds back.
Last year, the crit was won by Oenone Wood (High Road) who sits in fourth place on the general classification, also at 14 seconds down.
There is also a serious battle going on between Canadians Erinne Willock (Webcor) and Anne Samplonius (Canadian Team) as both as candidates for the third and last spot on the Canadian Olympic team. So far, both have raced aggressively, and after three stages Willock is in seventh place with 21 seconds off the leader, and Samplonius is in eleventh place at 23 seconds down.