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Arndt's GreenEdge-AIS teammates do enough to unseat Werner in Hyde Park

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Rhodes completes a solid week for the GreenEdge-AIS team.

Rhodes completes a solid week for the GreenEdge-AIS team.
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Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS) leads Claudia Hausler (GreenEDGE-AIS) and Loren Rowney (Specialized SA).

Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS) leads Claudia Hausler (GreenEDGE-AIS) and Loren Rowney (Specialized SA).
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Close to the finishing laps and still leading, Loes Gunnewijk (GreenEDGE-AIS) on her own.

Close to the finishing laps and still leading, Loes Gunnewijk (GreenEDGE-AIS) on her own.
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Taryn Heather (SASI) raised the pace of the peloton to chase Gunnewijk. She was marked by Arndt.

Taryn Heather (SASI) raised the pace of the peloton to chase Gunnewijk. She was marked by Arndt.
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The final rider from the GreenEDGE-AIS squad to go away was Alexis Rhodes, in the last 7 minutes of the 30 minute race.

The final rider from the GreenEDGE-AIS squad to go away was Alexis Rhodes, in the last 7 minutes of the 30 minute race.
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Preparing for her victory, Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) was almost 150 metres ahead at the finish.

Preparing for her victory, Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) was almost 150 metres ahead at the finish.
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Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) punches the air on winning the final race in the Santos Cup for women with a trademark solo break.

Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) punches the air on winning the final race in the Santos Cup for women with a trademark solo break.
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Judith Arndt beat Loren Rowney to second place and thereby took overall victory in the Santos Cup for women 2012

Judith Arndt beat Loren Rowney to second place and thereby took overall victory in the Santos Cup for women 2012
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The race winner, who is, fittingly, the Australian criterium Champion Alexis Rhodes, with GreenEDGE-AIS financial backer Gerry Ryan.

The race winner, who is, fittingly, the Australian criterium Champion Alexis Rhodes, with GreenEDGE-AIS financial backer Gerry Ryan.
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Overall series winner on points, Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) in the bunch.

Overall series winner on points, Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) in the bunch.
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The penultimate GreenEDGE-AIS rider to attack was Loes Gunnewijk.

The penultimate GreenEDGE-AIS rider to attack was Loes Gunnewijk.
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Grace Sulzberger (Jayco-AIS) chases another GreenEDGE-AIS break.

Grace Sulzberger (Jayco-AIS) chases another GreenEDGE-AIS break.
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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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Eventual race winner, Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) corners into the start / finish straight.

Eventual race winner, Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) corners into the start / finish straight.
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Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS) leads the race.

Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS) leads the race.
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Loren Rowney (Specialized SA) chases Spratt.

Loren Rowney (Specialized SA) chases Spratt.
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Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) worked hard to defend her series lead.

Rebecca Werner (Specialized SA) worked hard to defend her series lead.
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A very recognisable style - Skye-Lee Armstrong (Giant) has just returned to racing after illness and injury for over a season.

A very recognisable style - Skye-Lee Armstrong (Giant) has just returned to racing after illness and injury for over a season.
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Rowena Fry (GreenEDGE-AIS) was next to make a gap and raise the pace.

Rowena Fry (GreenEDGE-AIS) was next to make a gap and raise the pace.
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Jessie Maclean (GreenEDGE-AIS) goes off the front.

Jessie Maclean (GreenEDGE-AIS) goes off the front.
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There has been considerable TV interest in the series this year.

There has been considerable TV interest in the series this year.
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The equation was simple at the start of the day for GreenEdge-AIS. The team had two riders in the picture for the overall, Judith Arndt, who won on Monday, and Amanda Spratt. Nothing less than the victory would suffice and to do that they had to unseat a stubborn Rebecca Werner (Specialized Women SA).

Werner to her credit was admirable in her defense of the overall. Despite being out numbered 3-1 woman to woman she rode like a rider possessed – covering everything, riding smart, and making good use of her teammates.

But it was tough going from the start for Werner. GreenEdge-AIS threw rider after rider up the road, Rowena Fry, Jessie Maclean even Spratt herself all had digs which caused massive carnage. Chloe Hosking and Liz Phillipou were quickly casualties on the fast Unley circuit which made the going no easier.

It was GreenEdge-AIS attack after attack, and each lap the field reduced. Jayco-AIS were also there with Sinead Noonan one of the most active from her team. But even with Loren Rowney pulling out the ride of the day, a GreenEdge-AIS move finally stuck, this time with Australian criterium champion Alexis Rhodes.

Rhodes soloed to the finish, with a determined five laps off the front, but it was the race behind that became the focus. Arndt launched her "diesel" sprint from about 500 metres to go to take second, with an exhausted Werner too far back.

“Yeah I’m not much of a sprinter, so it’s like my only tactic,” smiled Rhodes at the finish. “We had confidence in Judith so we just had to work to try and set her up in any way we could. The stage was a bonus.”

Arndt meanwhile was caught unawares that she'd even taken the overall.

"I won, did I?" she asked at the end of the race. "It's great, I'm really happy to have taken it. We really wanted to win today and to actually get it is a perfect end to the week. Now we're off to Qatar."

Brief Results

1. Alexis Rhodes (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS

2. Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS

3. Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized SA

Overall winner

1. Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS

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