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Armstrong takes over in New Zealand

Kristin Armstrong leads in New Zealand

Kristin Armstrong leads in New Zealand (Image credit:

34-year-old American Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team) won the queen stage of the Women's Tour of New Zealand on Friday on her way to overtaking the overall ranking which she now leads by 21 seconds ahead of Australian Oenone Wood (Team High Road).

The women covered 125km from Masterton to Admiral Hill in stage three, including six mountains along the way and a final seven kilometer climb where Armstrong showed her strength and finished 27 seconds ahead of Ruth Corset (Tabak Team International). Former GC leader Wood finished third for the day and dropped to second in the overall.

The Women's Tour continues through Sunday with one stage Saturday and two on the final day. Armstrong will defend her lead in the fourth stage Saturday on the Miramar Circuit.