Arndt nails stage and overall

HTC Highroad team in control in New Zealand

HTC-Highroad's evergreen veterans Judith Arndt, Amber Neben and Ina Teutenberg took the Women's Tour of New Zealand by the horns this afternoon in Masterton, winning the stage, the sprinter's jersey and the bunch sprint respectively in a dominant performance from the squad.

Arndt and Neben made it to the stage-winning breakaway that held on to record another victory for the outfit, which enjoyed success at the Women's Tour of Qatar with Ellen Van Dijk, who took out the overall title while the team won the teams classification.

"It was incredible team work out there," said new HTC-Highroad recruit Ally Stacher, who made her debut for the American team today. "We all stuck to our jobs and we were in all the breaks. We shut everything down.

"Amber Neben has the sprinter's jersey and Judith Arndt won the stage after Amber led her out in the final 900 metres before Judith pinned it with 200 metres remaining," she explained.

Stacher said they key to the team's performance was the balanced squad directeur sportif Ronny Lauke has brought to the race, with the young American and her countrywoman Amanda Miller plus Australian speedster Chloe Hosking doing the lion's share of the work to ensure the team's tactics played out to perfection.

Miller also animated proceedings during the stage, attacking after 45km in a move that was eventually reeled in but set the tone of what was to come from the team.

"I was at the front a lot of the day with Chloe Hosking and Amanda Miller and we stuck together for a lot of the stage, working for the team," said Stacher. "We finished in the second group, behind Amber and Judith, and Ina [Teutenberg] won the bunch sprint."

The five-day event, which features four stages and two criteriums, kicked off with a testing parcours over 98km that suited Arndt well; the decorated German made the most of the hilly course to secure a vital initial win.

"The course was more rolling than I had expected after looking at the profile and there were two decent climbs. The climb to the KOM was pretty steep and brutal," said Stacher.

Full Results
1Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women2:45:19 
2Catherine Cheatley (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
3Ruth Corset (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS  
4Joanne Hogan (Aus) Jayco/VIS  
5Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Jayco/VIS  
6Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Diadora-Pasta Zara  
7Linda Villumsen (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
8Amber Neben (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
9Shara Gillow (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS0:00:04 
10Ina- Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women0:00:35 
11Shelley Olds (USA) Team Diadora-Pasta Zara  
12Zhao Na (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
13Emily Collins (NZl) Cyclosport NZ  
14Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women  
15Sheng Yongyan (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
16Meng Lang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team – China  
17Kate Chilcott (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
18Chisako Harigai (Jpn) Japan National Team  
19Shi Li Na (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
20Belinda Goss (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS  
21Huang Li (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
22Alexandra Carle (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS  
23Serena Sheridan (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
24Rebecca Locke (Aus) Prime States Buyers Team - Australia  
25Kendelle Hodge (Aus) Jayco/VIS  
26Ally Stacher (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
27Naila Hassan (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
28Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS  
29Luo Xiao Ling (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
30Philippa Sutton (NZl) Japan National Team  
31Courteney Lowe (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
32Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS  
33Amanda Miller (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
34Zoe Watters (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group  
35Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport NZ  
36Jeanne Kuhajek (NZl) Team Mini NZ0:00:41 
37Melanie Burke (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
38Yuko Myochin (Jpn) Japan National Team  
39Minami Uwano (Jpn) Japan National Team  
40Alona Andruk (Ukr) Team Diadora-Pasta Zara  
41Clare Dallat (Irl) TDT RACE - Australia  
42Laura Medley (Aus) NZCT Team  
43Paula McCoy (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
44Rachel Larner (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
45Chloe McConville (Aus) TDT RACE - Australia  
46Naomi Williams (Aus) Prime States Buyers Team - Australia  
47Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Jayco/VIS  
48Janine Coop (NZl) NZCT Team  
49Shanice Nitis (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group  
50Genevieve Whitson (NZl) NZCT Team  
51Rachel Doody (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
52Ashleigh Neave (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
53Amber Pierce (USA) Team Diadora-Pasta Zara  
54Amy Bradley (Aus) TDT RACE - Australia0:05:02 
55Sarah Riley (Aus) TDT RACE - Australia  
56Ingrid Trotter (Aus) Prime States Buyers Team - Australia  
57Gayle Brownlee (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
58Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Prime States Buyers Team - Australia  
59Emma Grant (GBr) Cyclosport NZ0:05:29 
60Nikolina Orlic (Aus) NZCT Team0:05:32 
61Maddison Vit (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group0:07:00 
62Corrinne Smit (NZl) Cyclosport NZ  
63Tracy Best (NZl) Cyclosport NZ  
64Anna Kauffmann (Aus) NZCT Team0:11:00 
65Delphine Astier (Fra) TDT RACE - Australia  
DNSMyfanwy Galloway (Aus) TDT RACE - Australia  
DNSMelisa Holt (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
DNSSia Svendsen (NZl) Team Orbea NZ  
DNSDonna Sibley (NZl) Team Orbea NZ  
DNSSarah Smallman (NZl) Team Orbea NZ  
DNSAimee Burns (GBr) Team Orbea NZ  
DNSAmanda Minty (NZl) Team Orbea NZ  
DNSJosie Gidden (NZl) Team Orbea NZ  
General classification after stage 1
1Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women2:45:09 
2Catherine Cheatley (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team0:00:04 
3Ruth Corset (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS0:00:06 
4Joanne Hogan (Aus) Jayco/VIS0:00:10 
5Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Jayco/VIS  
6Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Diadora-Pasta Zara  
7Linda Villumsen (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
8Amber Neben (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
9Shara Gillow (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS0:00:14 
10Ina- Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women0:00:45 
11Shelley Olds (USA) Team Diadora-Pasta Zara  
12Zhao Na (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
13Emily Collins (NZl) Cyclosport NZ  
14Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women  
15Sheng Yongyan (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
16Meng Lang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team – China  
17Kate Chilcott (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
18Chisako Harigai (Jpn) Japan National Team  
19Shi Li Na (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
20Belinda Goss (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS  
21Huang Li (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
22Alexandra Carle (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS  
23Serena Sheridan (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
24Rebecca Locke (Aus) Prime States Buyers Team - Australia  
25Kendelle Hodge (Aus) Jayco/VIS  
26Ally Stacher (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
27Naila Hassan (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
28Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS  
29Luo Xiao Ling (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
30Philippa Sutton (NZl) Japan National Team  
31Courteney Lowe (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
32Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS  
33Amanda Miller (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
34Zoe Watters (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group  
35Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport NZ  
36Jeanne Kuhajek (NZl) Team Mini NZ0:00:51 
37Melanie Burke (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team  
38Yuko Myochin (Jpn) Japan National Team  
39Minami Uwano (Jpn) Japan National Team  
40Alona Andruk (Ukr) Team Diadora-Pasta Zara  
41Clare Dallat (Irl) TDT RACE - Australia  
42Laura Medley (Aus) NZCT Team  
43Paula McCoy (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
44Rachel Larner (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
45Chloe McConville (Aus) TDT RACE - Australia  
46Naomi Williams (Aus) Prime States Buyers Team - Australia  
47Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Jayco/VIS  
48Janine Coop (NZl) NZCT Team  
49Shanice Nitis (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group  
50Genevieve Whitson (NZl) NZCT Team  
51Rachel Doody (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
52Ashleigh Neave (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
53Amber Pierce (USA) Team Diadora-Pasta Zara  
54Amy Bradley (Aus) TDT RACE - Australia0:05:12 
55Sarah Riley (Aus) TDT RACE - Australia  
56Ingrid Trotter (Aus) Prime States Buyers Team - Australia  
57Gayle Brownlee (NZl) Team Mini NZ  
58Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Prime States Buyers Team - Australia  
59Emma Grant (GBr) Cyclosport NZ0:05:39 
60Nikolina Orlic (Aus) NZCT Team0:05:42 
61Maddison Vit (Aus) Armstrong Motor Group0:07:10 
62Corrinne Smit (NZl) Cyclosport NZ  
63Tracy Best (NZl) Cyclosport NZ  
64Anna Kauffmann (Aus) NZCT Team0:11:10 
65Delphine Astier (Fra) TDT RACE - Australia  
Sprint classification
1Amber Neben (USA) HTC Highroad Women3pts
2Ruth Corset (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS2 
3Linda Villumsen (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team1 
Mountains classification
1Ruth Corset (Aus) Team Jayco - AIS6pts
2Amber Neben (USA) HTC Highroad Women4 
3Catherine Cheatley (NZl) NZCT New Zealand National Team2 
Teams classification
1HTC Highroad Women8:16:32 
2NZCT New Zealand National Team  
3Jayco/VIS  
4Team Jayco - AIS0:00:04 
5Team Diadora-Pasta Zara0:00:41 
6Giant Pro Cycling Team - China0:01:10 
7Japan National Team0:01:16 
8Team Mini NZ  
9Armstrong Motor Group0:01:22 
10NZCT Team0:01:28 
11Prime States Buyers Team - Australia0:05:43 
12TDT RACE - Australia0:05:49 
13Cyclosport NZ0:06:04 

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