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Women's Tour of New Zealand 2010

Date range:
February 24-28, 2010

February 28, Stage 6: City of Wellington criterium 35km

Evans takes final stage, overall classification

By:
Greg Johnson
Published:
February 28, 2010, 15:52 GMT,
Updated:
February 28, 2010, 5:14 GMT

Australia's Broun second, much of field lapped

Shelley Evans (USA National Team) claimed the final stage sprint.

Shelley Evans (USA National Team) claimed the final stage sprint.

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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
1 Shelley Evans (USA) USA National Team 1:03:09  
2 Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport 0:00:04  
3 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0:00:06  
4 Ruth Corset (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team 0:00:10  
5 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport    
6 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products UCK    
7 Xin Liu (Chn) Giant Racing Team    
8 Masami Morita (Jpn) Japan National Team    
9 Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team    
10 Linda Villumsen (NZl) New Zealand National Team    
11 Serena Sheridan (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
12 Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team    
13 Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Australia NTID Team    
14 Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team    
15 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) Litespeed Team    
16 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport    
17 Carly Light (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport 0:00:27  
18 Jessica Phillips (USA) USA National Team 0:00:44  
19 Shara Gillow (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport 0:00:55  
20 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport 0:01:10  
Lapped riders
21 Davina Summers (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team    
22 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Japan National Team    
23 Rebecca Halliday (Aus) Australia NTID Team    
24 Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Prime Estate Team    
25 Tracy Best (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
26 Gayle Brownlee (NZl) Handy Rentals Team    
27 Liza Rachetto (USA) R.A.C.E. Team    
28 Kristine Saastad (Nor) Hitec Products UCK    
29 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team    
30 Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
31 Min Gao (Chn) Giant Racing Team    
32 Sarah Roy (Aus) Australia NTID Team    
33 Janel Holcomb (USA) USA National Team    
34 Kate Chilcott (NZl) BP Team    
35 Xiaoling Luo (Chn) Giant Racing Team    
36 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand National Team    
37 Rie Katayama (Jpn) Japan National Team    
38 Rebecca Locke (Aus) Prime Estate Team    
39 Rebecca Domange (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team    
40 Emily Collins (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
41 Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Hitec Products UCK    
42 Irene Digenis (Aus) Prime Estate Team    
43 Naila Hassan (NZl) Handy Rentals Team    
44 Laura Medley (Aus) Mercedes Benz Team    
45 Nimesha Smith (NZl) Lotto Ladies Team    
46 Charlotte Van De Merwe (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team    
47 Alison Starnes (USA) USA National Team    
48 Jeannie Kuhajek (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
49 Laura Luxford (Aus) Australia NTID Team    
50 Janine Copp (NZl) Mercedes Benz Team    
51 Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australia NTID Team    
52 Courteney Lowe (NZl) New Zealand National Team    
53 Genevieve Whitson (NZl) BP Team    
54 Kanako Nishi (Jpn) Japan National Team    
55 Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products UCK    
56 Lana King (NZl) Mercedes Benz Team    
57 Sia Svendsen (NZl) Handy Rentals Team    
58 Eyelien Bekkering (Ned) BP Team    
59 Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Racing Team    
60 Felicity Wilson (Aus) R.A.C.E. Team    
61 Sakiko Sato (Jpn) Ready Go Japan    
62 Kerri-Anne Torckler (NZl) BP Team    
63 Jessica Jolly (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
64 Waka Takeda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan    
65 Carma Watson (NZl) Prime Estate Team    
66 Mel Burke (NZl) Penny Cycling Team    
67 Jessie Maclean (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team    
68 Huili Gu (Chn) Giant Racing Team    
69 Josephine Giddens (NZl) Litespeed Team    
70 Chubby Hale (NZl) Penny Cycling Team    
71 Yukiyo Hori (Jpn) Ready Go Japan    
72 Kazumi Yoneda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan    
73 Bronwyn Ryan (Aus) Australia NTID Team    
74 Anna Kauffmann (Aus) Mercedes Benz Team    
75 Yvette Hill-Willis (NZl) Litespeed Team    
DNS Kaytee Boyd (NZl) New Zealand National Team    
DNS Yiu Wong Wan (HKg) Giant Racing Team    
DNS Tracy Clark (NZl) Penny Cycling Team    
Under 23 rider
1 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport 1:03:19  
2 Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team    
3 Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team    
4 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport 0:01:00  
Lapped riders
5 Emma Crum (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
6 Kate Chilcott (NZl) BP Team    
7 Xiaoling Luo (Chn) Giant Racing Team    
8 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand National Team    
9 Emily Collins (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
10 Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Hitec Products UCK    
11 Charlotte Van De Merwe (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team    
12 Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australia NTID Team    
13 Courteney Lowe (NZl) New Zealand National Team    
14 Kerri-Anne Torckler (NZl) BP Team    
15 Jessica Jolly (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
16 Waka Takeda (Jpn) Ready Go Japan    
17 Huili Gu (Chn) Giant Racing Team    
18 Chubby Hale (NZl) Penny Cycling Team    
Final classification
1 Shelley Evans (USA) USA National Team 1:03:09  
2 Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team 0:00:10  
3 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport    
4 Ruth Corset (Aus) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team    
5 Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Australia NTID Team    
6 Linda Villumsen (NZl) New Zealand National Team    
7 Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team    
8 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport    
9 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products UCK    
10 Xin Liu (Chn) Giant Racing Team    
11 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) Litespeed Team    
12 Serena Sheridan (NZl) Cyclosport Team    
13 Carly Light (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport    
14 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0:00:06  
15 Masami Morita (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:00:10  
16 Shara Gillow (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport    
17 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport    
18 Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team    
19 Jessica Phillips (USA) USA National Team    
20 Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport    
Under 23 rider classification
1 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport 12:33:45  
2 Cherise Taylor (RSA) Nashua Ladies Pro Cycling Team 0:00:39  
3 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australian Institute of Sport 0:05:06  
4 Rachel Mercer (NZl) Handy Rentals Team 0:07:10  
Teams classification
1 USA National Team 37:40:52  
2 AIS Australia National Team 0:02:05