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Arndt laps field to take first win in GreenEdge colours

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Series leader, Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) before the start.

Series leader, Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) before the start.
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Prospect Road, the start of the hot dog circuit.

Prospect Road, the start of the hot dog circuit.
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GreenEDGE-AIS' Claudia Hausler was in Prospect to watch the race.

GreenEDGE-AIS' Claudia Hausler was in Prospect to watch the race.
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Chloe Hosking (Specialized SA) crashed and broke her handlebars.

Chloe Hosking (Specialized SA) crashed and broke her handlebars.
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Stephanie Ives (Carnegie Caulfield CC) in the heat of the Adelaide evening.

Stephanie Ives (Carnegie Caulfield CC) in the heat of the Adelaide evening.
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Gracie Elvyn (Jayco-AIS) leads fellow breakaway, Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS).

Gracie Elvyn (Jayco-AIS) leads fellow breakaway, Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS).
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Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) was safe in the bunch.

Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) was safe in the bunch.
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Lauren Rowney (Specialized) raises the pace and chases the leaders.

Lauren Rowney (Specialized) raises the pace and chases the leaders.
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Chloe Hosking (Specialized) calls it a day.

Chloe Hosking (Specialized) calls it a day.
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The women raced in front of decent crowds in Prospect.

The women raced in front of decent crowds in Prospect.
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Series leader, Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) protected her jersey.

Series leader, Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) protected her jersey.
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Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) chased the leading pair.

Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) chased the leading pair.
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Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS) on the first corner.

Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS) on the first corner.
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Although she was hurting, Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) and caught them during the 40 minutes race.

Although she was hurting, Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) and caught them during the 40 minutes race.
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Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) in the Santos jersey of series leader.

Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) in the Santos jersey of series leader.
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Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) continued when she caught Spratt and Elvyn.

Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) continued when she caught Spratt and Elvyn.
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Gracie Elvyn (Jayco-AIS) re-caught Arndt and the three riders stayed together for a couple of laps.

Gracie Elvyn (Jayco-AIS) re-caught Arndt and the three riders stayed together for a couple of laps.
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Tiffany Cromwell (GreenEDGE-AIS) leads the bunch in the growing shadows of the evening.

Tiffany Cromwell (GreenEDGE-AIS) leads the bunch in the growing shadows of the evening.
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Tiffany Cromwell (GreenEDGE-AIS) controlled the front of the bunch.

Tiffany Cromwell (GreenEDGE-AIS) controlled the front of the bunch.
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Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) could see the bunch in front of her on the short circuit.

Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) could see the bunch in front of her on the short circuit.
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Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) caught the bunch, which was her lapping the field.

Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) caught the bunch, which was her lapping the field.
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Loren Rowney (Specialized SA) won the sprint for fourth place.

Loren Rowney (Specialized SA) won the sprint for fourth place.
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Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) finished in the bunch and retained her lead in the Santos Cup.

Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) finished in the bunch and retained her lead in the Santos Cup.
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A strange situation, the race winner celebrating at the back the of the bunch - a luxury Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) granted herself by lapping the field.

A strange situation, the race winner celebrating at the back the of the bunch - a luxury Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) granted herself by lapping the field.
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Gracie Elvyn (Jayco-AIS) sprinted to second place, ahead of Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS).

Gracie Elvyn (Jayco-AIS) sprinted to second place, ahead of Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS).
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Applause from Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS), generous as ever at the finish.

Applause from Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS), generous as ever at the finish.
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A happy Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) after her superb ride.

A happy Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) after her superb ride.
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There was considerable media interest in Judith Arndt's victory in Prospect.

There was considerable media interest in Judith Arndt's victory in Prospect.
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Judith Arndt (GreenEdge-AIS) won the second round of the women's criterium series in Prospect today, but it was the performance of GreenEdge as a whole that really raised eyebrows.

"I feel dead," said Arndt at the finish. "I killed myself out there. I feel dizzy at the moment, the heat was really hard to get used to. But I'm happy to have taken the result today in the GreenEdge colours."

On the back of a confusion plagued opening criterium that saw the majority of the women's field not contest what was in fact the final sprint in Rymill Park, GreenEdge-AIS, who to their credit actually rode a good race on Sunday came out in round two to make sure the same "mistake" didn't happen again.

"I was confident yesterday that the girls were going to pull it off." said GreenEdge-AIS director Dave McPartland at the stage finish. "But with the confusion at the finish, we didn't get the result and that put a dampener on things last night. I just made sure the girls bounced back in the best possible way today."

GreenEdge tore the main field to pieces in the 40 minute criterium, and by the fifth lap, more than two thirds of the field had either retired or been lapped.

Arndt ended up out in front almost by accident after initially bridging to the lead group of two riders, Amanda Spratt (GreenEdge-AIS) and Gracie Elvin (Jayco-AIS) to help out her teammate. Spratt and Elvin had toiled together in the lead for the majority of the race, but as Arndt closed, Spratt started to sit on, allowing the German to close and eventually catch up to the break.

But when she caught the leaders, the Elvin and Spratt were so fatigued from their efforts in the hot afternoon sun, that Arndt simply continued right past them. Arndt was going so well that she continued on her motoring pace and evenutally lapped the main field, who's chase was lethargic at best.

By the finish the world time trial champion had a margin of more than 30 seconds, with Elvin besting Spratt in the sprint for second.

"Full credit to Judith today," said McPartland. "Because her condition is a long way behind a lot of the Australians who have already done really good preparation through December. It's a great sign of her class when she can win like that [lapping the field] on the form she's got at the moment."

Results

1. Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS

2. Gracie Elvin (Aus) Jayco-AIS

3. Amanda Spratt (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS

Overall leader

1. Rebecca Werner (Aus)

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