May 16, 2005 — It was another sprint victory for Oenone Wood (Nurnberger), who took the win in a crash-filled, short first portion of the day’s split stage, which saw all of Canada’s riders finish comfortably in the pack. The stage was marked with a single attack, by Chantal Beltman (Vrienden-Therm), who tried to go solo on a climb but was shut down by the pack.
In the day’s second stage portion, American Amber Neben counterattacked an earlier break by Olympic champ Sara Carrigan (Van Bemmelen) to score a tremdnous solo win and the race leader’s yellow jersey, outpacing Carrigan by 34 seconds and the rest of the pack by over a minute.
Canadian Lyne Bessette put in a strong performance, taking 11th on the stage, 1:10 down on the winning time, and moving in to 15th overall. Erinne Willock’s performance was also a highlight for the Canadians, as she took 14th on the stage, 1:15 down, and now stands in 17th overall.
Stage 3A Results:
1.Oenone WOOD (NURNBERGER) 1h 9:53
2. Youlia MARTISSOVA (P.M.B.) s.t.
3. Joanne KIESANOWSKI (NOBILI RUBINETTERIE)
4. Sarah DÃœSTER (GERMANY)
5. Debby MANSVELD (VLAANDEREN)
24. Lisa SWEENEY (CANADA) s.t.
35. Leigh HOBSON (CANADA)
52. Erinne WILLOCK (CANADA)
61. Lyne BESSETTE (CANADA)
82. Felicia GREER (CANADA)
Stage 3B Results:
1. Amber NEBEN (BUITENPOORT) 1h17:52
2. Sara CARRIGAN (VAN BEMMELEN) :34
3. Svetlana BOUBNENKOVA (P.M.B.) 1:05
4. Kristin ARMSTRONG (USA)
5. Theresa SENFF (VAN BEMMELEN)
11. Lyne BESSETTE (CANADA) 1:10
14. Erinne WILLOCK (CANADA) 1:15
54. Felicia GREER (CANADA) 2:19
66. Leigh HOBSON (CANADA) 2:32
73. Lisa SWEENEY (CANADA) 2:52
Overall after 3 stages:
1. Amber NEBEN (BUITENPOORT) 8h54:41
2. Sara CARRIGAN (VAN BEMMELEN) :31
3. Christiane SOEDER (UNIVEGA) 1:00
4. Dorte RASMUSSEN (TEAM S.A.T.S.) 1:03
5. Oenone WOOD (NURNBERGER) s.t
6. Kristin ARMSTRONG (USA) 1:04
7. Mirjam MELCHERS (BUITENPOORT) 1:06
8. Karin THÃœRIG (UNIVEGA) 1:08
9. Edita PUCINSKAITE (NOBILI) s.t
10. Susanne LJUNGSKOG (BUITENPOORT) 1:08
15. Lyne BESSETTE (CANADA) 1:18
17. Erinne WILLOCK (CANADA) 1:25
52. Leigh HOBSON (CANADA) 3:02
55. Felicia GREER (CANADA) 3:20
88. Lisa SWEENEY (CANADA) 20:26