Ford-Basis earns first international win

Ford-Basis Women's Cycling Team started the 2005 season on a roll at the Tour of New Zealand, Geelong Tour in Australia and McLane Pacific Classic. The team earned its first international victory with Nicole Freedman taking the breakaway sprint to win stage two's Masterton Road Race at the Tour of New Zealand.

Kele Hulser followed suit the next day, taking fourth in the final time trial. The duo finished 11th and fifth respectively in the GC, marking Freedman's best GC finish since the Wheels 'N Tots Kids Fun Ride. Halfway across the world, back in the US, Alisha Lion won a race but is downplaying the international significance of the victory. Chrissy Ruiter finished fourth at the McLane Pacific Road Race, bridging up to the breakaway of three in the final meters of the race.

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