Evans upstages Corset on opening day

USA National Team leads from Australian champion

American Shelley Evans (USA National Team) spoiled the day for the home team by taking out the sprint from a group of 24 riders that formed a successful breakaway on the opening stage. Evans bested Australian National Champion Ruth Corset (Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team) and her teammate Cherise Taylor after taking advantage of a botched job by the New Zealand lead-out train.

Evans, previously known as Shelley Olds before her marriage, credited her team for putting her in a good position coming into the finale.

"Then I just jumped on the New Zealand train," said Evans, a World Cup medalist on the track. With the stage win she claimed the overall lead in the Women's Tour of New Zealand, and said she was confident her team could keep her in the yellow jersey.

"We definitely have some of the best riders in the world on our team and we aim to ride aggressively in this tour."

Results
1Shelley Evans (USA) USA National Team2:49:19 
2Ruth Corset (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team0:00:04 
3Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team0:00:06 
4Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:10 
5Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
6Karen Fulton (NZl) Litespeed Team  
7Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
8Xin Liu (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
9Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
10Rie Katayama (Jpn) Japan National Team  
11Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team  
12Amber Halliday (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
13Masami Morita (Jpn) Japan National Team  
14Janel Holcomb (USA) USA National Team  
15Linda Villumsen (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
16Serena Sheridan (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
17Toni Bradshaw (NZl) Litespeed Team  
18Min Gao (Chn) Giant Racing Team0:00:16 
19Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
20Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
21Catherine Cheatley (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
22Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
23Courteney Lowe (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:20 
24Kaytee Boyd (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:28 
25Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team0:01:50 
26Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
27Emily Collins (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
28Mel Burke (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
29Liza Rachetto (USA) R.A.C.E. Team  
30Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
31Kristine Saastad (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
32Sarah Roy (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
33Nimesha Smith (NZl) Lotto Ladies Team  
34Yiu Wong Wan (HKg) Giant Racing Team  
35Carly Light (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
36Gayle Brownlee (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
37Xiaoling Luo (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
38Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Prime Estate Team  
39Lana King (NZl) Mercedes Benz Team  
41Laura Luxford (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
42Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
43Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
44Rebecca Locke (Aus) Prime Estate Team  
45Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
46Shara Gillow (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
48Laura Medley (Aus) Mercedes Benz Team  
49Naila Hassan (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
50Sia Svendsen (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
51Josephine Tomic (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
52Bronwyn Ryan (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
47Irene Digenis (Aus) Prime Estate Team0:02:10 
40Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
53Felicity Wilson (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team0:13:09 
54Yvette Hill-Willis (NZl) Litespeed Team  
55Kate Chilcott (NZl) BP Team  
56Charlotte Van De Merwe (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
57Rebecca Domange (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team  
58Genevieve Whitson (NZl) BP Team  
59Tracy Best (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
60Jessica Phillips (USA) USA National Team  
61Chubby Hale (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
62Alison Starnes (USA) USA National Team  
63Rebecca Halliday (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
64Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Japan National Team  
65Jeannie Kuhajek (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
66Jessica Jolly (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
67Jessie Maclean (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
68Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
69Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Hitec Products UCK  
70Tracy Clark (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
72Emma Lawson (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team0:14:31 
73Anna Kauffmann (Aus) Mercedes Benz Team  
74Kanako Nishi (Jpn) Japan National Team  
75Davina Summers (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
71Carma Watson (NZl) Prime Estate Team0:14:51 
76Emma Petersen (NZl) Litespeed Team0:14:59 
77Anna Stevenson (NZl) Penny Cycling Team0:17:52 
78Yukiyo Hori (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
79Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Japan National Team  
80Huili Gu (Chn) Giant Racing Team0:19:02 
81Sakiko Sato (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
82Kazumi Yoneda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
83Josephine Giddens (NZl) Litespeed Team  
84Janine Copp (NZl) Mercedes Benz Team0:23:51 
85Waka Takeda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan0:28:20 
86Eyelien Bekkering (Ned) BP Team0:29:46 
87Kerri-Anne Torckler (NZl) BP Team  
88Kendelle Hodges (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team  
DNFAshleigh Moolman (Rsa) Lotto Ladies Team  
General Classification
1Shelley Evans (USA) USA National Team2:49:19 
2Ruth Corset (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team0:00:04 
3Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team0:00:06 
4Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:10 
5Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
6Karen Fulton (NZl) Litespeed Team  
7Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
8Xin Liu (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
9Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
10Rie Katayama (Jpn) Japan National Team  
11Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team  
12Amber Halliday (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
13Masami Morita (Jpn) Japan National Team  
14Janel Holcomb (USA) USA National Team  
15Linda Villumsen (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
16Serena Sheridan (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
17Toni Bradshaw (NZl) Litespeed Team  
18Min Gao (Chn) Giant Racing Team0:00:16 
19Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
20Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
21Catherine Cheatley (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
22Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
23Courteney Lowe (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:20 
24Kaytee Boyd (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:28 
25Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team0:01:50 
26Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
27Emily Collins (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
28Mel Burke (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
29Liza Rachetto (USA) R.A.C.E. Team  
30Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
31Kristine Saastad (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
32Sarah Roy (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
33Nimesha Smith (NZl) Lotto Ladies Team  
34Yiu Wong Wan (HKg) Giant Racing Team  
35Carly Light (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
36Gayle Brownlee (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
37Xiaoling Luo (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
38Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Prime Estate Team  
39Lana King (NZl) Mercedes Benz Team  
41Laura Luxford (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
42Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
43Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
44Rebecca Locke (Aus) Prime Estate Team  
45Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
46Shara Gillow (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
48Laura Medley (Aus) Mercedes Benz Team  
49Naila Hassan (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
50Sia Svendsen (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
51Josephine Tomic (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
52Bronwyn Ryan (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
47Irene Digenis (Aus) Prime Estate Team0:02:10 
40Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
53Felicity Wilson (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team0:13:09 
54Yvette Hill-Willis (NZl) Litespeed Team  
55Kate Chilcott (NZl) BP Team  
56Charlotte Van De Merwe (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
57Rebecca Domange (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team  
58Genevieve Whitson (NZl) BP Team  
59Tracy Best (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
60Jessica Phillips (USA) USA National Team  
61Chubby Hale (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
62Alison Starnes (USA) USA National Team  
63Rebecca Halliday (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
64Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Japan National Team  
65Jeannie Kuhajek (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
66Jessica Jolly (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
67Jessie Maclean (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
68Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
69Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Hitec Products UCK  
70Tracy Clark (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
72Emma Lawson (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team0:14:31 
73Anna Kauffmann (Aus) Mercedes Benz Team  
74Kanako Nishi (Jpn) Japan National Team  
75Davina Summers (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
71Carma Watson (NZl) Prime Estate Team0:14:51 
76Emma Petersen (NZl) Litespeed Team0:14:59 
77Anna Stevenson (NZl) Penny Cycling Team0:17:52 
78Yukiyo Hori (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
79Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Japan National Team  
80Huili Gu (Chn) Giant Racing Team0:19:02 
81Sakiko Sato (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
82Kazumi Yoneda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
83Josephine Giddens (NZl) Litespeed Team  
84Janine Copp (NZl) Mercedes Benz Team0:23:51 
85Waka Takeda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan0:28:20 
86Eyelien Bekkering (Ned) BP Team0:29:46 
87Kerri-Anne Torckler (NZl) BP Team  
88Kendelle Hodges (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team  
Under 23 Classification
1Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team2:49:29 
2Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
3Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:06 
4Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
5Courteney Lowe (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:10 
6Emily Collins (NZl) Cyclosport Team0:01:40 
7Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
8Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
9Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
10Josephine Tomic (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
11Kate Chilcott (NZl) BP Team0:12:59 
12Charlotte Van De Merwe (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
13Jessica Jolly (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
14Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Hitec Products UCK  
15Emma Lawson (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team0:14:21 
16Emma Petersen (NZl) Litespeed Team0:14:49 
17Waka Takeda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan0:28:10 
18Kendelle Hodges (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team0:29:36 
Teams Classification
1Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team8:28:27 
2USA National Team  
3New Zealand National Team  
4Japan National Team  
5AIS Australia National Team0:00:06 
6Giant Pro Cycling Team - China  
7Prime Estate Team - Australia0:01:40 
8Litespeed Team  
9Australia NTID Team0:01:46 
10Cyclosport Team0:03:20 
11Lotto Ladies Team  
12Hitec Products UCK  
13Handy Rentals Team0:05:00 
14Mecedes Benz Team  
15BP Team0:14:39 
16Penny Cycling Team0:21:02 
17Ready Go - Japan0:30:41 
18R.A.C.E Team - Australia0:32:21 

 

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