Pursuiter Mactier excels at Tour de L'Aude prologue

By Ben Atkins in Gruissan

Katie Mactier (Australia) surprised herself by winning a blustery 3.9-kilometre prologue to take the first race leader's jersey in this year's Tour de l'Aude. The 2005 world pursuit champion found the distance to her liking and recorded a time of 5:02.78, just over half a second quicker than Dutch time trial champion and World scratch race champion Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands), with 2007 Aude champion Susanne Ljungskog (Menikini Selle Italia) six tenths of a second behind her. Alison Powers (United States National Team) and Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Netherlands) rounded out the top five.

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