Judith Arndt of Team High Road won the second stage of the Tour of Greater Montreal after breaking away with ten kilometres to go. It was close, though. "In the end I finished only five seconds ahead of the bunch," she said. "It really hurt."
The win left Arndt in second place, in the same time as first-stage winner Regina Schleicher of Equipe Nürnberger, who finished second in stage two. "That was a very hectic stage with a lot of attacks," Schleicher said. "We had to work a lot at the end, to reduce Arndt's lead. Of course we were hoping for a good sprint. I feel better all the time and see that my form is improving."
The duo has only a one-second lead over Schleicher's team-mate Suzanne de Goede, who is in third place and also has the sprinter's and climber's jerseys.
Wednesday features a two-part stage, with a 3.5-kilometre time trial to be followed by a 50-kilometre criterium in Montreal's "Petite Italie." (SW)