Cervélo TestTeam dominated Tour du Grand Montréal

Posted on 05. Jun, 2009 by in race

Kirsten Wild

Kirsten Wild

After winning the Montreal World Cup, the Cervélo TestTeam dominated the Tour du Grand Montréal by winning four stages, three competition including the overall and the overall team classification. Kirsten Wild grabbed the leader’s jersey on the first day and never let go – and did the same for the Sprints classification.  Her teammate Regina Bruins won the Best Young Rider competition.

Second in GC was Trixi Worrack (Nürnberger Versicherung) at 46 seconds back with American Lauren Tamayo (TIBCO) in 3rd at 55 seconds from the leader.

Carla Swart (MTN Energade-Liga) took the lead in the QOM competition after stage 2 and never let go of the polka-dot jersey. Erinne Willock (Webcor) won the Best Canadian classification and Véronique Labonté (Équipe Cascades) won the Best Quebecoise competition.

The stage was set on the first day, the 85.5 km circuit race in Châteauguay on Monday June 1st. The rainy conditions and cool weather didn’t put a damper on the speed as the 108 women in the field blasted around the 15 laps of the flat 5.7 km course. Twelve riders, including Joëlle Numainville (ESGL93–GES Gestion), were involved in a crash on the third lap which caused them to be dropped and lapped by the field. The finale came down to a bunch sprint won by  Wild ahead of  Tamayo and Martine Bras (Selle Italia-Ghezzi). Wild not only picked up bonus seconds on the finish line but also also won two intermediate sprints given herself a 11 second cushion over Suzanne de Goede (Nürnberger Versicherung) on GC with Tamayo in 3rd spot.

The domination continued on the second day where Wild took her second stage, the 11 laps of the 9.46 km course in Granby . The Cervélo TestTeam controlled the race throughout the stage, keeping riders out in front to help Wild win each sprint bonus before winning the final sprint as well. Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto-Belisol) and Regina Schleicher (Nürnberger Versicherung) rounded off the podium. No changes in GC except that Wild’s lead was 28 seconds over de Goede.

The third day was a split-stage day. The Cervélo team went 1-2 in the morning’s 2.8km Lachine Individual time-trial with  Bruins clocking the fastest time of 03:57 moving her up to second spot on GC. Wild was one second slower and  Eleonora Van Dijk (Columbia-High Road) was third at 8 seconds back.  The day finished with the 50km Little Italy Criterium in the evening where once again Wild won the bunch sprint beating  Worrack  and Brooke Miller (TIBCO) at the line. The Cervélo squad controlled the front of the peloton for the full race especially Pooley who slayed herself at the front for most of the race. Worrack contested the intermediate sprints and combined with the time bonuses at the finish, moved the German rider  up to second spot on GC at 42 seconds from the leader Wild. Tamayo dropped down to fourth spot with only one second down from Bruins.

Hanka Kupfernagel of the German National Team cracked  the stranglehold to take win in a bunch sprint at the final stage, the 115 km road circuit at Mont-Saint-Hilaire. Finishing second and third were  Bras and Denise Zuckermandel (Germany). Wild finished safely in the field with the same time to win the Tour du Grand Montréal. Worrack finished second overall and Tamayo craftily grabbed an intermediate time bonus and finished in third place with a slim one second over fourth spot.

Complete results here

Photos available on official site, on veloptimum.net, on WomensCycling.net


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