Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Feminin


 Day Five



On Tuesday 18th May the tour tackled the mountainous 97km Osseja stage.  A six rider break away in the mountains contained the American rider Mara Abbot (US National Team) and Britain's Emma Pooley (Cervelo).  These two launched an attack away from the others and working together they managed to gain a substantial lead. 


The team work between the two paid off for both of them as Mara claimed the stage win. Whilst Emma took the leaders jersey in the overall General Classications, placing her a full 2m 34s behind second placed Dutch rider Adrie Visser (HTC Columbia).


Sharon Laws also managed to increase her standing in the GC moving into 6th place, whilst Lizzie Armitstead moved into 19th position. Two riders did not finish the stage, leaving a field of 88 riders.




Day Six


Throughout this years Tour de l'Aude American rider Katheryn Mattis (USA National Team) has consistantly attacked and been in break aways.  She was part of the break away on day two and was the first rider on day five to attack in the mountains.  Day six was no different and she attacked early on the 1st catagory Col de Corsavy in this 104.5km Amelie Les Bains stage.  A number of the main riders followed her, including Emma Pooley. 


Emma, along with team mate Claudia Hausler from Germany and the American Evelyn Stevens (HTC Columbia) managed to drop Katheryn in the final kilometer of the mountain.  But she went over the summit just 22s behind the other three. 


However the lead of the front riders was soon ended when a number of other riders caught up with them.  This allowed Katheryn to reposition herself and in a final break she did a solo ride to victory and the stage win.


Despite this Emma Pooley managed to retain her overall lead with a comfortable 2m 49s over Katheryn Mattis who moved into second place in the GC.


Sharon Laws remained in 6th place, whilst Lizzie Armitstead dropped to 22nd position.  Five riders did not finish this stage, reducing the field to 83 riders.

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