Evans takes final stage, overall classification

Australia's Broun second, much of field lapped

USA National Team’s Shelley Evans has claimed the Women’s Tour of New Zealand overall victory on debut in an International Cycling Union (UCI) ranked stage race. Evans sealed the overall title in emphatic style, winning a 20-strong sprint to claim her fourth stage victory and add another 10 seconds to her winning margin.

Evans won the final stage ahead of Australia’s Kristy Broun (Australian Institute of Sport) and Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand National Team). Kiesanowski was just the third New Zealand rider to finish on a stage podium at their home race this week.

Behind Evans the top riders on general classification experienced no change on the final stage. Her team-mate Amber Neben took second place, while Tiffany Cromwell’s (Australian Institute of Sport) third place secured her the best young rider classification win.

Just 20 riders finished the final criterium stage, after 55 riders were lapped by the lead group throughout the stage. The small number of riders finishing the event meant the overall classifications looked remarkably lean, with the USA National Team claiming the teams victory over the only other squad with enough finishing riders to classify – Australian Institute of Sport.

Evans’ victory is the second consecutive overall win by a rider making her UCI stage race debut, after Amber Halliday’s victory in 2009. While Halliday snuck away to a solo victory on one of last year’s road stages, Evans victory came thanks to her accumulation of time bonuses from stage victories coupled with a strong second place in the 11 kilometre time trial on stage four.

Results
1Shelley Evans (USA) USA National Team1:03:09 
2Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport0:00:04 
3Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:06 
4Ruth Corset (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team0:00:10 
5Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
6Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
7Xin Liu (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
8Masami Morita (Jpn) Japan National Team  
9Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team  
10Linda Villumsen (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
11Serena Sheridan (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
12Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
13Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
14Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
15Toni Bradshaw (NZl) Litespeed Team  
16Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
17Carly Light (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport0:00:27 
18Jessica Phillips (USA) USA National Team0:00:44 
19Shara Gillow (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport0:00:55 
20Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport0:01:10 
Lapped riders
21Davina Summers (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
22Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Japan National Team  
23Rebecca Halliday (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
24Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Prime Estate Team  
25Tracy Best (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
26Gayle Brownlee (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
27Liza Rachetto (USA) R.A.C.E. Team  
28Kristine Saastad (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
29Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
30Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
31Min Gao (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
32Sarah Roy (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
33Janel Holcomb (USA) USA National Team  
34Kate Chilcott (NZl) BP Team  
35Xiaoling Luo (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
36Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
37Rie Katayama (Jpn) Japan National Team  
38Rebecca Locke (Aus) Prime Estate Team  
39Rebecca Domange (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team  
40Emily Collins (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
41Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Hitec Products UCK  
42Irene Digenis (Aus) Prime Estate Team  
43Naila Hassan (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
44Laura Medley (Aus) Mercedes Benz Team  
45Nimesha Smith (NZl) Lotto Ladies Team  
46Charlotte Van De Merwe (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
47Alison Starnes (USA) USA National Team  
48Jeannie Kuhajek (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
49Laura Luxford (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
50Janine Copp (NZl) Mercedes Benz Team  
51Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
52Courteney Lowe (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
53Genevieve Whitson (NZl) BP Team  
54Kanako Nishi (Jpn) Japan National Team  
55Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
56Lana King (NZl) Mercedes Benz Team  
57Sia Svendsen (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
58Eyelien Bekkering (Ned) BP Team  
59Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
60Felicity Wilson (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team  
61Sakiko Sato (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
62Kerri-Anne Torckler (NZl) BP Team  
63Jessica Jolly (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
64Waka Takeda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
65Carma Watson (NZl) Prime Estate Team  
66Mel Burke (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
67Jessie Maclean (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
68Huili Gu (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
69Josephine Giddens (NZl) Litespeed Team  
70Chubby Hale (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
71Yukiyo Hori (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
72Kazumi Yoneda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
73Bronwyn Ryan (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
74Anna Kauffmann (Aus) Mercedes Benz Team  
75Yvette Hill-Willis (NZl) Litespeed Team  
DNSKaytee Boyd (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
DNSYiu Wong Wan (HKg) Giant Racing Team  
DNSTracy Clark (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
Under 23 rider
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport1:03:19 
2Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
3Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
4Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport0:01:00 
Lapped riders
5Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
6Kate Chilcott (NZl) BP Team  
7Xiaoling Luo (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
8Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
9Emily Collins (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
10Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Hitec Products UCK  
11Charlotte Van De Merwe (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
12Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
13Courteney Lowe (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
14Kerri-Anne Torckler (NZl) BP Team  
15Jessica Jolly (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
16Waka Takeda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan  
17Huili Gu (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
18Chubby Hale (NZl) Penny Cycling Team  
Final classification
1Shelley Evans (USA) USA National Team1:03:09 
2Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team0:00:10 
3Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
4Ruth Corset (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
5Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Australia NTID Team  
6Linda Villumsen (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
7Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team  
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
9Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
10Xin Liu (Chn) Giant Racing Team  
11Toni Bradshaw (NZl) Litespeed Team  
12Serena Sheridan (NZl) Cyclosport Team  
13Carly Light (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
14Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:06 
15Masami Morita (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:10 
16Shara Gillow (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
17Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
18Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team  
19Jessica Phillips (USA) USA National Team  
20Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport  
Under 23 rider classification
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport12:33:45 
2Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team0:00:39 
3Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport0:05:06 
4Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team0:07:10 
Teams classification
1USA National Team37:40:52 
2AIS Australia National Team0:02:05 

 

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