Denekamp, The Netherlands (September 9, 2007)—Reigning world time trial champion Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/Team Lipton) scored an overall win Saturday for USA Cycling’s Women’s National Team at the Holland Ladies Tour. Armstrong won the final stage, a 20-kilometer time trial from Nordhorn to Denekamp, to jump 16 places and win the overall title by five seconds over Judith Arndt (GER).
Armstrong also won the Mountains Classification with 36 points over current world road race champion Marianne Vos (NED), who scored 17 points.
The victory was a sign of Armstrong’s form less than three weeks before she defends her world title in the race against the clock at the 2007 UCI Road World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany later this month.
Entering the final stage in 17th place, 43 seconds off the pace of Vos and 39 seconds down on Arndt, Armstrong averaged 45.113 k.p.h. to win the final stage by 18 seconds over runner-up Christiane Soeder (AUT). Armstrong’s biggest threat to the overall, Arndt finished 44 seconds of the pace.
Other American finishers included Lauren Franges (Asheville, N.C./Team Lipton) in 47th place overall and Katharine Carroll (Sausalito, Calif./Aaron’s) in 59th.
Following the Holland Ladies Tour, USA Cycling’s Women’s National Team program will continue its preparation for the UCI Road World Championships with several key European races including the Memorial Davide Fratelli Time Trial on Sept. 9 in Italy, the Tour Cycliste Feminin International Ardeche, Sept. 11-15 in France and the Giro della Toscana, Sept. 18-23 in Italy. The late-summer European campaign will help to determine the roster that will represent the United States at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 26-30.
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