Team Rocky Mountain climbs on

By Nic Lamond in George

Normalcy returned in the ladies' race after a troubled prologue Friday for Team Rocky Mountain's Alison Sydor and Pia Sundstedt. The pair lost two minutes in the fast-paced race after a flat that forced them to cede the coveted leaders' jerseys to Team Trek/VW's Susan Haywood and Jennifer Smith. But after five hours and 44 minutes in the saddle Saturday, the two were atop the podium and pulling the leaders' jerseys over their heads at the awards ceremony. They will go into stage two will a full 12 minutes clear of second-placed Team Dolphin Trek's Fabienne Heinzman and Katrin Schwing. Trek / VW is sitting 19 minutes back in third.

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