Monday, March 1, 2010
#1002 ... On yer bike
American Shelley Evans won the Tour of New Zealand women's cycling race in style by taking out today's sixth and final stage, a criterium in the streets of Wellington. It was a fourth stage win of the tour for the United States team rider, who again waited until the last few hundred metres before unleashing her power to cross the line first. That tactic saw her win stages one, two and five in tight bunch finishes, setting up the first road win of her career.
Today's criterium was run under a pall of sadness following last night's massive earthquake in Chile, the homeland of tour director Jorge Sandoval.His home town of Tome, a fishing village, is near Chile's second largest city Concepcion, which was close to the epicentre of the 8.8 magnitude quake. Sandoval had a sleepless night vainly trying to contact family, particularly his elderly parents, relatives and friends.Evans dedicated her win to the people of Chile.
Second in the criterium, run over an hour plus three laps on an 850m circuit in central Wellington, was Australian Institute of Sport rider Kirsty Broun, with New Zealand's Joanne Kiesanowski third.