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Arndt's season finally gets going

Following an injury-blighted first half of the season, Team Columbia-Highroad's Judith Arndt has taken her first victory of 2009 in stage one of the Bira in Spain. The Columbia-Highroad rider was the fastest in a 19-rider sprint that decided the 78-kilometre stage starting and finishing in Iurreta, and is now race leader of the Spanish event.

Second was Great Britain's Nicole Cooke and third Emma Johannson of Sweden.

"It was a great day's riding by the team and payday for Judith after working so hard to come back ," said team sports director Ronny Lauke. "Mara [Abbott] went for it with an attack on the last climb of the day, and then when part of the race came back together, [Kim] Anderson gave Judith the perfect lead-out in the sprint finish.

"We could see that she was getting better and better after taking second in a one-day race in Spain earlier this week," he added. "Then today it all came together in a big way."

Arndt had a very tough spring, in which she first broke a collarbone and then was unlucky enough to fracture her wrist in a crash in her first race back in April. She returned to racing in the GP Montreal in Canada and since then has made fast progress towards top condition.

Arndt was delighted to have taken her first victory since the Tour of Tuscany last September. "It was a tough sprint because you never know what's going to happen with rivals as tough as Johannsen and Cooke," she said. "But I thought I would give it a try and it all worked out fine in the end."

Results
1Judith Arndt (Ger) Columbia Highroad Women1:59:40
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Vision 1 Racing
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team
4Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands National Team
5Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
6Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team
7Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
8Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
9Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
10Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Vision 1 Racing
11Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
12Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint
13Christelle Ferrier (Fra) Vision 1 Racing
14Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team
15Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
16Rosane Kirch (Bra) Michela Fanini R. Rox
17Mara Abbott (USA) Columbia Highroad Women
18Kimberly Anderson (USA) Columbia Highroad Women
19Chantal Blaak (Ned) Netherlands National Team0:00:54
20Monia Baccaille (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox
21Marta Vilajosana (Spa) Team Cmax Dila
22Lucinda Brand (Ned) Netherlands National Team
23Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team
24Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team
25Valentina Carretta (Ita) Italian National Team
26Mirjan Melchers (Ned) Team Flexpoint
27Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
28Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi0:01:09
29Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Nürnberger Versicherung
30Rossella Callovi (Ita) Italian National Team
31Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
32Jessie Daams (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
33Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Selle Italia Ghezzi
34Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi
35Laure Werner (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team
36Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Netherlands National Team
37Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team
38Ana Garcia (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
39Catrine Josefsson (Swe) Bizkaia-Durango
40Linda Villumsen (Den) Columbia Highroad Women
41Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
42Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team
43Marie Lindberg (Swe) Nürnberger Versicherung
44Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
45Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Michela Fanini R. Rox
46Emilie Aubry (Swi) Cervelo Test Team
47Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team
48Marlen Johrend (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
49Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
50Alice Donadoni (Ita) Team Cmax Dila
51Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
52Romy Kasper (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
53Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team
54Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint
55Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox
56Chantal Beltman (Ned) Columbia Highroad Women
57Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
58Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:02:26
59Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Columbia Highroad Women
60Ester Alves (Por) 4 Life- Freebike
61Ane Santesteban (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi
62Loes Sels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
63Cristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
64Nikki Harris (GBr) Team Flexpoint
65Leticia Gil (Spa) Lointek
66Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Vision 1 Racing
67Debby Van Den Gerg (Ned) Vision 1 Racing
68Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Cmax Dila
69Sabrina Zogli (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
70Rossella Gobbo (Ita) Italian National Team
71Katrien Van Looy (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:04:36
72Cristina Navarro (Spa) Lointek
73Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
74Itsaso Leunda (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:04:40
75Eva Ledesma (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:05:03
76M R. Rodriguez (Spa) Lointek
77Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Italian National Team0:06:13
78Eleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
79Inma Rafael (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:07:02
80Katharina Alberti (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
81Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italian National Team
82Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team
83Arien Torsius (RSA) Team Cmax Dila
84Carly Hibberd (Aus) Michela Fanini R. Rox
85Silvia Tirado (Spa) Team Cmax Dila
86Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
87Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team
88Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team
89Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
90Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italian National Team
91Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Cmax Dila
92Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
93Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox
94Gema Pascual (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
95Diana Zamorano (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
96Mireia Epelde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
97Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint
98Christina Becker (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
99Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:08:29
100Debora Galvez (Spa) Lointek0:09:19
101Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint0:09:43
102Angela Fernandes (Por) 4 Life- Freebike0:11:41
103Ana Vicario (Por) 4 Life- Freebike
104Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek
105Rute Costa (Por) 4 Life- Freebike
106Maria Diez (Spa) Lointek
107Saioa Olite (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi
108Solera Mar (Spa) Tolosa C.F.0:13:29
109Helena Maillo (Spa) Tolosa C.F.
110Julia Alvarez (Spa) Tolosa C.F.
111Joana Patricio (Por) 4 Life- Freebike0:21:28
112Marta Barbero (Spa) Tolosa C.F.
113Ana Valido (Por) 4 Life- Freebike
114Izaro Lasa (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi
115Lide Larrañaga (Spa) Tolosa C.F.

1Judith Arndt (Ger) Columbia Highroad Women25pts
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Vision 1 Racing20
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team16
4Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands National Team14
5Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.12
6Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team10
7Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team9
8Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.8
9Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi7
10Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Vision 1 Racing6
11Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5
12Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint4
13Christelle Ferrier (Fra) Vision 1 Racing3
14Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team2
15Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi1

Mountain 1 - Aretxabalagane, Cat 3, 48.6 km
1Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3pts
2Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi2
3Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1

Mountain 2 - Autzagane, Cat 3, 63.8 km
1Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3pts
2Mara Abbott (USA) Columbia Highroad Women2
3Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi1

Sprint - Elorrio, km 10.3
1Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team5pts
2Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3
3Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint1

Sprint - Larrabetzu, km 42.8
1Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team5pts
2Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint3
3Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team1

1Vision 1 Racing5:59:00
2Columbia Highroad.
3Red Sun Cycling Team5:59:54
4Cervelo Test Team
5Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.6:00:09
6Netherlans National6:00:48
7Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi6:01:03
8Michela Fanini R. Rox
9Team Flexpoint
10Selle Italia Ghezzi6:01:18
11Bigla Cycling Team
12Nürnberger Verscherung6:02:27
13Squadra N. Italia6:03:29
14Team Cmax Dila
15Bizkaia-Durango6:03:44
16Topsport Vlaanderen.6:05:01
17Lointek6:11:05
18Debabarrena-Kirolgi6:11:09
194 Life- Freebike6:24:48
20Tolosa C.F.6:39:27

1Judith Arndt (Ger) Columbia Highroad Women1:59:40
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Vision 1 Racing
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team
4Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands National Team
5Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
6Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team
7Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
8Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
9Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
10Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Vision 1 Racing
11Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
12Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint
13Christelle Ferrier (Fra) Vision 1 Racing
14Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team
15Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
16Rosane Kirch (Bra) Michela Fanini R. Rox
17Mara Abbott (USA) Columbia Highroad Women
18Kimberly Anderson (USA) Columbia Highroad Women
19Chantal Blaak (Ned) Netherlands National Team0:00:54
20Monia Baccaille (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox
21Marta Vilajosana (Spa) Team Cmax Dila
22Lucinda Brand (Ned) Netherlands National Team
23Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team
24Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team
25Valentina Carretta (Ita) Italian National Team
26Mirjan Melchers (Ned) Team Flexpoint
27Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
28Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi0:01:09
29Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Nürnberger Versicherung
30Rossella Callovi (Ita) Italian National Team
31Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
32Jessie Daams (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
33Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Selle Italia Ghezzi
34Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi
35Laure Werner (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team
36Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Netherlands National Team
37Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team
38Ana Garcia (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
39Catrine Josefsson (Swe) Bizkaia-Durango
40Linda Villumsen (Den) Columbia Highroad Women
41Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
42Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team
43Marie Lindberg (Swe) Nürnberger Versicherung
44Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
45Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Michela Fanini R. Rox
46Emilie Aubry (Swi) Cervelo Test Team
47Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team
48Marlen Johrend (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
49Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
50Alice Donadoni (Ita) Team Cmax Dila
51Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi
52Romy Kasper (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
53Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team
54Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint
55Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox
56Chantal Beltman (Ned) Columbia Highroad Women
57Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
58Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:02:26
59Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Columbia Highroad Women
60Ester Alves (Por) 4 Life- Freebike
61Ane Santesteban (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi
62Loes Sels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
63Cristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
64Nikki Harris (GBr) Team Flexpoint
65Leticia Gil (Spa) Lointek
66Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Vision 1 Racing
67Debby Van Den Gerg (Ned) Vision 1 Racing
68Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Cmax Dila
69Sabrina Zogli (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
70Rossella Gobbo (Ita) Italian National Team
71Katrien Van Looy (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:04:36
72Cristina Navarro (Spa) Lointek
73Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
74Itsaso Leunda (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:04:40
75Eva Ledesma (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:05:03
76M R. Rodriguez (Spa) Lointek
77Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Italian National Team0:06:13
78Eleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
79Inma Rafael (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi0:07:02
80Katharina Alberti (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
81Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italian National Team
82Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team
83Arien Torsius (RSA) Team Cmax Dila
84Carly Hibberd (Aus) Michela Fanini R. Rox
85Silvia Tirado (Spa) Team Cmax Dila
86Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
87Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team
88Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team
89Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
90Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italian National Team
91Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Cmax Dila
92Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.
93Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) Michela Fanini R. Rox
94Gema Pascual (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
95Diana Zamorano (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
96Mireia Epelde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
97Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint
98Christina Becker (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
99Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:08:29
100Debora Galvez (Spa) Lointek0:09:19
101Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint0:09:43
102Angela Fernandes (Por) 4 Life- Freebike0:11:41
103Ana Vicario (Por) 4 Life- Freebike
104Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek
105Rute Costa (Por) 4 Life- Freebike
106Maria Diez (Spa) Lointek
107Saioa Olite (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi
108Solera Mar (Spa) Tolosa C.F.0:13:29
109Helena Maillo (Spa) Tolosa C.F.
110Julia Alvarez (Spa) Tolosa C.F.
111Joana Patricio (Por) 4 Life- Freebike0:21:28
112Marta Barbero (Spa) Tolosa C.F.
113Ana Valido (Por) 4 Life- Freebike
114Izaro Lasa (Spa) Debabarrena-Kirolgi
115Lide Larrañaga (Spa) Tolosa C.F.

1Judith Arndt (Ger) Columbia Highroad Women25pts
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Vision 1 Racing20
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team16
4Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands National Team14
5Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.12
6Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team10
7Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team9
8Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.8
9Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi7
10Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team6
11Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Vision 1 Racing6
12Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team5
13Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5
14Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint4
15Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint4
16Christelle Ferrier (Fra) Vision 1 Racing3
17Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3
18Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team2
19Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi1

1Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi6pts
2Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi3
3Mara Abbott (USA) Columbia Highroad Women2
4Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1

1Adrie Viser (Ned) Netherlands National Team6pts
2Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team5
3Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint4
4Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi3

1Vision 1 Racing5:59:00
2Columbia Highroad
3Red Sun Cycling Team5:59:54
4Cervelo Test Team
5Gauss Rdz Ormu-C.6:00:09
6Netherlans National6:00:48
7Safi-Pasta Zara Titanedi6:01:03
8Michela Fanini R. Rox
9Team Flexpoint
10Selle Italia Ghezzi6:01:18
11Bigla Cycling Team
12Nürnberger Verscherung6:02:27
13Squadra N. Italia6:03:29
14Team Cmax Dila
15Bizkaia-Durango6:03:44
16Topsport Vlaanderen T.6:05:01
17Lointek6:11:05
18Debabarrena-Kirolgi6:11:09
194 Life- Freebike6:24:48
20Tolosa C.F.6:39:27

 

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