The HTC-Highroad team displayed a well drilled team ethic as they lead Judith Arndt home to overall victory during a challenging final stage of Tour of New Zealand.
The finale was taken out by the Ukraine’s Alona Andruk (Team Diadora-Pasta Zara), who beat Kendelle Hodge (Jayco/Vis) and Emily Collins (Cyclosport NZ) in a sprint after being part of a seven-rider move.
Arndt finished eighth on the day right at the head of the peloton. She finished four seconds ahead of our own Catherine Cheatley who was ridng for the New Zealand National Team and 12 seconds ahead of Ruth Corset (Team Jayco – AIS), Corset is no stranger to the NZ roads as she competed for two seasons as leader of the Jazz Apple Team.
"Today was quite hard for my teammates. With so many attacks and breakaways it was difficult to keep control," Arndt said in a press release from her team.
"They worked hard to bring back breaks and keep other breaks down to within a minute. It was a tough job today because we weren't getting a lot of time gaps."
"Several more attacks followed and we were always present until we finally let a group of non-GC riders get up to one minute to assure that the bonuses would be taken away at the finish. The girls kept everything under control and managed to celebrate a well deserved overall win. It was a display of true teamwork as each of the girls contributed to the victory."
With the Tour now all wrapped up the entire field will now ride a separate criterium in Wellington on Sunday.