The High Road women had a very good day today. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won the Reading Classic (again), and High Road’s Judith Arndt took the final stage, her third stage win of the week, and won the overall of the Tour du Grand Montréal.
All eyes were on High Road before the final 115 km stage, as leader Suzanne de Goede (Nurnberger Versicherung) only had a scant 2 seconds lead over Arndt in the overall. And the team was aggressive from the beginning of the 5-lap circuit race to force the Nurnberger to expend energy in chasing.
The first one to go was Mara Abbott, who joined the first big break that was off for 45km.
“It was so exciting to know that I had five of the best riders in the world sitting back in the bunch,” explained Abbott in the team report, “and that I was able to support them and that when the break came back they would be right there. Such a rush to be a part of something so FABULOUS.”
The break was caught in the penultimate lap, and the High Road riders kept the pressure on. Finally, on the final climb Arndt made her move taking only Sara Carrigan with her. Towards the top she dropped Carrigan and soloed to the finish gaining 26 second on the bunch. Brooke Miller (Tibco) won the bunch sprint for second place and Andrey Cordon (Vienne Futuroscope) was third.
With the time bonuses on the line, Arndt won the overall classification, de Goede dropped down to second at 16 seconds back, and last year’s winner Oenone Wood (High Road) was third.
Canadian Felicia Gomez (Aaron’s) won the QOM classification, and Suzanne de Goede took home the Sprinter’s jersey, and High Road won the overall team classification.
“They did a brilliant job,” said High Road director Petra Rossner. “It wasn’t that they won. It was the way they did it that makes me proud.”