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Cycling - 03. March 2008.

Armstrong wins Tour of New Zealand, Carroll claims points title

Wellington, New Zealand (March 3, 2008)—American women completed a highly-successful Women’s Tour of New Zealand on Sunday as Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho) won two stages and the final overall classification and Katharine Carroll (Sausalito, Calif.) won the Points Classification.

Following a victory in the 125-kilometer third stage on Friday, Armstrong overtook Australia’s Oenone Wood for the overall lead and never relinquished control. After stage four ended in a field sprint, Armstrong also won stage five, a seven-kilometer time trial, to add to her overall lead.

In Sunday’s sixth and final stage, Armstrong placed 24th, 45 seconds back from an inconsequential eight-woman breakaway to claim the overall victory, finishing 23 seconds ahead of Wood in the final overall classification.

Riding for USA Cycling’s Women’s National Team program, Carroll finished the overall Points Classification in first place with 18 points, tied with National Team teammate Lauren Franges (Asheville, N.C.).

A handful of additional top-five stage finishes were also among the strong performances turned in by American athletes. Brooke Miller (Los Altos, Calif.) recorded a pair of fourth-place finishes for the U.S. National Team, finishing fourth in Sunday’s criterium in Wellington and in the field-sprint finish of the 124-kilometer fourth stage.

In addition to finishing second in the Points Classification, Franges also scored a top-five stage finish with a fourth-place effort in stage one.

Additionally, Armstrong’s fourth-place finish in stage two put an American in the top-five of all six stages.

Chrissy Ruiter (Bend, Ore.) also turned in a strong performance for the National Team, finishing ninth overall, 3:12 off the pace of Armstrong.
2008 Women’s Tour of New Zealand – UCI 2.2

U.S. Highlights:
Kristin Armstrong – 1st place overall and two stage wins, 4th place, stage 2
Katharine Carroll – 1st place, points classification
Lauren Franges – 2nd place, points classification, 4th place, stage 1
Chrissy Ruiter – 9th place overall
Brooke Miller – 4th place, stages 4 & 6

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