Arndt's season finally gets going

Columbia-Highroad rider overcomes injuries to win stage 1 of Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira

Following an injury-blighted first half of the season, Team Columbia-Highroad's Judith Arndt has taken her first victory of 2009 in stage one of the Bira in Spain. The Columbia-Highroad rider was the fastest in a 19-rider sprint that decided the 78-kilometre stage starting and finishing in Iurreta, and is now race leader of the Spanish event.

Second was Great Britain's Nicole Cooke and third Emma Johannson of Sweden.

"It was a great day's riding by the team and payday for Judith after working so hard to come back ," said team sports director Ronny Lauke. "Mara [Abbott] went for it with an attack on the last climb of the day, and then when part of the race came back together, [Kim] Anderson gave Judith the perfect lead-out in the sprint finish.

"We could see that she was getting better and better after taking second in a one-day race in Spain earlier this week," he added. "Then today it all came together in a big way."

Arndt had a very tough spring, in which she first broke a collarbone and then was unlucky enough to fracture her wrist in a crash in her first race back in April. She returned to racing in the GP Montreal in Canada and since then has made fast progress towards top condition.

Arndt was delighted to have taken her first victory since the Tour of Tuscany last September. "It was a tough sprint because you never know what's going to happen with rivals as tough as Johannsen and Cooke," she said. "But I thought I would give it a try and it all worked out fine in the end."

Results
1Judith Arndt (Ger) Columbia Highroad Women1:59:40 
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Vision 1 Racing  
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team  
4Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
5Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
6Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team  
7Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
8Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
9Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
10Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Vision 1 Racing  
11Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
12Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint  
13Christelle Ferrier (Fra) Vision 1 Racing  
14Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team  
15Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
16Rosane Kirch (Bra) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
17Mara Abbott (USA) Columbia Highroad Women  
18Kimberly Anderson (USA) Columbia Highroad Women  
19Chantal Blaak (Ned) Netherlands National Team0:00:54 
20Monia Baccaille (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
21Marta Vilajosana (Spa) Team Cmax Dila  
22Lucinda Brand (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
23Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team  
24Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
25Valentina Carretta (Ita) Italian National Team  
26Mirjan Melchers (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
27Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
28Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi0:01:09 
29Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Nürnberger Versicherung  
30Rossella Callovi (Ita) Italian National Team  
31Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
32Jessie Daams (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
33Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
34Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
35Laure Werner (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team  
36Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
37Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
38Ana Garcia (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
39Catrine Josefsson (Swe) Bizkaia-Durango  
40Linda Villumsen (Den) Columbia Highroad Women  
41Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
42Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team  
43Marie Lindberg (Swe) Nürnberger Versicherung  
44Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
45Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
46Emilie Aubry (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
47Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team  
48Marlen Johrend (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung  
49Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung  
50Alice Donadoni (Ita) Team Cmax Dila  
51Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
52Romy Kasper (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung  
53Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team  
54Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
55Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
56Chantal Beltman (Ned) Columbia Highroad Women  
57Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
58Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:02:26 
59Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Columbia Highroad Women  
60Ester Alves (Por) 4 Life- Freebike  
61Ane Santesteban (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi  
62Loes Sels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
63Cristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
64Nikki Harris (GBr) Team Flexpoint  
65Leticia Gil (Spa) Lointek  
66Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Vision 1 Racing  
67Debby Van Den Gerg (Ned) Vision 1 Racing  
68Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Cmax Dila  
69Sabrina Zogli (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
70Rossella Gobbo (Ita) Italian National Team  
71Katrien Van Looy (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:04:36 
72Cristina Navarro (Spa) Lointek  
73Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
74Itsaso Leunda (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:04:40 
75Eva Ledesma (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:05:03 
76M R. Rodriguez (Spa) Lointek  
77Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Italian National Team0:06:13 
78Eleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
79Inma Rafael (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:07:02 
80Katharina Alberti (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
81Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italian National Team  
82Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
83Arien Torsius (RSA) Team Cmax Dila  
84Carly Hibberd (Aus) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
85Silvia Tirado (Spa) Team Cmax Dila  
86Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
87Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team  
88Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
89Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
90Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italian National Team  
91Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Cmax Dila  
92Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
93Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
94Gema Pascual (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
95Diana Zamorano (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
96Mireia Epelde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
97Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
98Christina Becker (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung  
99Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:08:29 
100Debora Galvez (Spa) Lointek0:09:19 
101Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint0:09:43 
102Angela Fernandes (Por) 4 Life- Freebike0:11:41 
103Ana Vicario (Por) 4 Life- Freebike  
104Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek  
105Rute Costa (Por) 4 Life- Freebike  
106Maria Diez (Spa) Lointek  
107Saioa Olite (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi  
108Solera Mar (Spa) Tolosa C.F.0:13:29 
109Helena Maillo (Spa) Tolosa C.F.  
110Julia Alvarez (Spa) Tolosa C.F.  
111Joana Patricio (Por) 4 Life- Freebike0:21:28 
112Marta Barbero (Spa) Tolosa C.F.  
113Ana Valido (Por) 4 Life- Freebike  
114Izaro Lasa (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi  
115Lide Larrañaga (Spa) Tolosa C.F.  
 
Points
 
1Judith Arndt (Ger) Columbia Highroad Women25pts
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Vision 1 Racing20 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team16 
4Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands National Team14 
5Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.12 
6Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team10 
7Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team9 
8Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.8 
9Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi7 
10Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Vision 1 Racing6 
11Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5 
12Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint4 
13Christelle Ferrier (Fra) Vision 1 Racing3 
14Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team2 
15Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi1 
 
Mountain 1 - Aretxabalagane, Cat 3, 48.6 km
1Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3pts
2Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi2 
3Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1 
 
Mountain 2 - Autzagane, Cat 3, 63.8 km
1Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3pts
2Mara Abbott (USA) Columbia Highroad Women2 
3Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi1 
 
Sprint - Elorrio, km 10.3
1Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team5pts
2Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3 
3Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint1 
 
Sprint - Larrabetzu, km 42.8
1Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team5pts
2Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint3 
3Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team1 
 
Teams
 
1Vision 1 Racing5:59:00 
2Columbia Highroad.  
3Red Sun Cycling Team5:59:54 
4Cervelo Test Team  
5Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.6:00:09 
6Netherlans National6:00:48 
7Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi6:01:03 
8Michela Fanini R. Rox  
9Team Flexpoint  
10Selle Italia Ghezzi6:01:18 
11Bigla Cycling Team  
12Nürnberger Verscherung6:02:27 
13Squadra N. Italia6:03:29 
14Team Cmax Dila  
15Bizkaia-Durango6:03:44 
16Topsport Vlaanderen.6:05:01 
17Lointek6:11:05 
18Debabarrena-Kirolgi6:11:09 
194 Life- Freebike6:24:48 
20Tolosa C.F.6:39:27 
 
General Classification after Stage 1
 
1Judith Arndt (Ger) Columbia Highroad Women1:59:40 
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Vision 1 Racing  
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team  
4Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
5Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
6Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team  
7Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
8Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
9Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
10Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Vision 1 Racing  
11Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
12Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint  
13Christelle Ferrier (Fra) Vision 1 Racing  
14Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team  
15Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
16Rosane Kirch (Bra) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
17Mara Abbott (USA) Columbia Highroad Women  
18Kimberly Anderson (USA) Columbia Highroad Women  
19Chantal Blaak (Ned) Netherlands National Team0:00:54 
20Monia Baccaille (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
21Marta Vilajosana (Spa) Team Cmax Dila  
22Lucinda Brand (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
23Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team  
24Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
25Valentina Carretta (Ita) Italian National Team  
26Mirjan Melchers (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
27Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
28Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi0:01:09 
29Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Nürnberger Versicherung  
30Rossella Callovi (Ita) Italian National Team  
31Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
32Jessie Daams (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
33Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
34Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
35Laure Werner (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team  
36Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
37Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
38Ana Garcia (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
39Catrine Josefsson (Swe) Bizkaia-Durango  
40Linda Villumsen (Den) Columbia Highroad Women  
41Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
42Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team  
43Marie Lindberg (Swe) Nürnberger Versicherung  
44Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
45Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
46Emilie Aubry (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
47Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team  
48Marlen Johrend (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung  
49Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung  
50Alice Donadoni (Ita) Team Cmax Dila  
51Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi  
52Romy Kasper (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung  
53Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team  
54Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
55Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
56Chantal Beltman (Ned) Columbia Highroad Women  
57Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
58Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:02:26 
59Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Columbia Highroad Women  
60Ester Alves (Por) 4 Life- Freebike  
61Ane Santesteban (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi  
62Loes Sels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
63Cristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
64Nikki Harris (GBr) Team Flexpoint  
65Leticia Gil (Spa) Lointek  
66Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Vision 1 Racing  
67Debby Van Den Gerg (Ned) Vision 1 Racing  
68Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Cmax Dila  
69Sabrina Zogli (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
70Rossella Gobbo (Ita) Italian National Team  
71Katrien Van Looy (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:04:36 
72Cristina Navarro (Spa) Lointek  
73Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
74Itsaso Leunda (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:04:40 
75Eva Ledesma (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:05:03 
76M R. Rodriguez (Spa) Lointek  
77Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Italian National Team0:06:13 
78Eleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
79Inma Rafael (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:07:02 
80Katharina Alberti (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
81Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italian National Team  
82Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
83Arien Torsius (RSA) Team Cmax Dila  
84Carly Hibberd (Aus) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
85Silvia Tirado (Spa) Team Cmax Dila  
86Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
87Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team  
88Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
89Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
90Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italian National Team  
91Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Cmax Dila  
92Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.  
93Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox  
94Gema Pascual (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
95Diana Zamorano (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
96Mireia Epelde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
97Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
98Christina Becker (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung  
99Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:08:29 
100Debora Galvez (Spa) Lointek0:09:19 
101Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint0:09:43 
102Angela Fernandes (Por) 4 Life- Freebike0:11:41 
103Ana Vicario (Por) 4 Life- Freebike  
104Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek  
105Rute Costa (Por) 4 Life- Freebike  
106Maria Diez (Spa) Lointek  
107Saioa Olite (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi  
108Solera Mar (Spa) Tolosa C.F.0:13:29 
109Helena Maillo (Spa) Tolosa C.F.  
110Julia Alvarez (Spa) Tolosa C.F.  
111Joana Patricio (Por) 4 Life- Freebike0:21:28 
112Marta Barbero (Spa) Tolosa C.F.  
113Ana Valido (Por) 4 Life- Freebike  
114Izaro Lasa (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi  
115Lide Larrañaga (Spa) Tolosa C.F.  
 
Points classification
 
 
1Judith Arndt (Ger) Columbia Highroad Women25pts
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Vision 1 Racing20 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team16 
4Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands National Team14 
5Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.12 
6Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team10 
7Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team9 
8Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.8 
9Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi7 
10Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team6 
11Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Vision 1 Racing6 
12Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team5 
13Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5 
14Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint4 
15Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint4 
16Christelle Ferrier (Fra) Vision 1 Racing3 
17Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3 
18Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team2 
19Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi1 
 
Mountains classification
 
1Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi6pts
2Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi3 
3Mara Abbott (USA) Columbia Highroad Women2 
4Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1 
 
Sprints classification
 
1Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team6pts
2Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team5 
3Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint4 
4Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3 
 
Teams classification
 
1Vision 1 Racing5:59:00 
2Columbia Highroad  
3Red Sun Cycling Team5:59:54 
4Cervelo Test Team  
5Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.6:00:09 
6Netherlans National6:00:48 
7Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi6:01:03 
8Michela Fanini R. Rox  
9Team Flexpoint  
10Selle Italia Ghezzi6:01:18 
11Bigla Cycling Team  
12Nürnberger Verscherung6:02:27 
13Squadra N. Italia6:03:29 
14Team Cmax Dila  
15Bizkaia-Durango6:03:44 
16Topsport Vlaanderen T.6:05:01 
17Lointek6:11:05 
18Debabarrena-Kirolgi6:11:09 
194 Life- Freebike6:24:48 
20Tolosa C.F.6:39:27 

 

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