Nurnberger dominate at Newport

World champion Judith Arndt proved a high-class winner of the first-ever Grand Prix of Wales World C

World champion Judith Arndt proved a high-class winner of the first-ever Grand Prix of Wales World C

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The German Nurnberger team dominated proceedings in Saturday's inaugural Grand Prix of Wales World Cup event in Newport. World champion Judith Arndt won the 114km race, ahead of Susanne Ljungskog, while Arndt's Nurnberger team-mate Oenone Wood was third and maintained her overall World Cup lead, although the Australian's advantage was cut to just four points by Ljungskog.

The tough course included a hard 4.5km climb with a steep descent before another climb of around one kilometre, 300 metres from the finish line. On the final lap Arndt hit the front near the top of the final climb, setting up to lead out Wood, who was on her wheel. Ljungskog was next in line but the Australian opted to back off her team-mate and let Arndt ride for the victory and the maximum points, while the Australian made sure she retained the series lead.

In the absence of British champion Nicole Cooke due to a knee injury, the leading home rider was Rachel Heal, who finished 23rd, a place ahead of team-mate Emma Pooley, 30 seconds down on Arndt.

The series continues next Saturday with the GP Ouest France in the Breton town of Plouay.

1 Judith Arndt (Ger) Nrnberger Versicherung 114km in 3.13.11
2 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort 0.02
3 Oenone Wood (Aus) Nrnberger
4 Anita Valen (Nor) Vlaanderen
5 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Lit) Nobili Rubinetterie
6 Andrea Graus (Aut) Elk Haus
7 Mirjam Melchers (Hol) Buitenpoort
8 Theresa Senff (Ger) Van Bemmelen
9 Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Canada
10 Svetlana Bubenkova (Rus) PMB

23 Rachel Heal (GB) Great Britain 0.30
24 Emma Pooley (GB) Great Britain
25 Wendy Houvenaghel (GB) Raleigh 0.45
32 Helen Wyman (GB) Great Britain 0.54
34 Charlotte Goldsmith (GB)
39 Brenda Pennell (GB) Raleigh 5.06
40 Catherine Hare (GB) Great Britain
47 Emma Davies (GB) Vlaanderen 10.07

World Cup standings

1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Nrnberger Versicherung 277
2 Ljungskog 273
3 Melchers 217
4 Arndt 184
5 Nicole Cooke (GB) Safi Pasta 125
6 Suzanne de Goede (Hol) Van Bemmelen 115
7 Worrack 99
8 Graus 78
9 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Safi Pasta 75
10 Genevive Jeanson (Can) 75

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