Ljungskog takes World Cup lead

Susanne Ljungskog takes the lead in the World Cup series thanks to victory in the GP Castilla y Leon

Susanne Ljungskog takes the lead in the World Cup series thanks to victory in the GP Castilla y Leon

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Two-time world champion Susanne Ljungskog took the lead in the women's World Cup series when she won Sunday's GP Castilla y Leon in Spain, beating reigning world champion Judith Arndt in the final sprint, with Italy's Tatiana Guderz a couple of seconds behind.

The race took place in and around the city of Valladolid, concluding with five laps of a 7km circuit. The leading contenders overhauled a break with three laps of the finishing circuit remaining, at which point Ljungskog, Arndt and Nicole Brandli attacked, and were soon joined by Guderz.

The quartet worked hard to maintain their advantage on the chasers behind, who were led in by Arndt's team-mate Oenone Wood, whose fifth place was not enough to keep her in the World Cup lead. Ljungskog now has 196 points to Wood's 192 prior to the next World Cup event in Montreal on May 28. Britain's Nicole Cooke, who had been lying third in the World Cup series, did not start the Castilla y Leon race.

1 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 121km in 3.20.11 (38.19kph)
2 Judith Arndt (Ger) Nurnberger
3 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Top Girls 0.02
4 Nicole Brndli (Swi) Bigla 0.07
5 Oenone Wood (Aus) Nurnberger 0.13
6 Anita Valen (Nor) Vlaanderen 0.15
7 Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Spain
8 Joane Somarriba (Spa) Bizkaia
9 Suzanne de Goede (Hol) Van Bemmelen
10 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Nobili Rubinettierie

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