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  Amy Cure Wins Tour de Feminin-Krasna Lipa  
 
  July 8th 2013  
     
  Australian track star and 2012 Olympian Amy Cure was strong from start to finish at the Tour de Feminin-Krasna Lipa in the Czech Republic.

Three riders jumped away on the final climb and held off the field on the opening stage with Cure finishing second in the bunch sprint. Bonus seconds picked up at two of the sprint points saw her sitting fourth overall 20 seconds off the lead. With the leader in the young rider classification wearing the points jersey Cure would start stage two in white.

Like stage one the start was very fast and aggressive and the race would splinter on the climbs before coming back together. Impressive teamwork by the Australian team ensured Cure was always well protected. Well positioned heading in to the final corner and a perfectly timed sprint saw Cure take her first win of the year. Time bonuses saw Cure jump to second overall as well as take the lead in the points and young rider classification.

Stage three was a double day starting with a 17.8 kilometre time trial in the morning. Cure's track background saw her finish fourth on the stage 21 seconds behind winner Emma Pooley. More importantly the result saw her move in to the race lead by four seconds. Two teammates Taryn Heather and Rebecca Wiasak were also in the top 10 sitting third and sixth respectively. Jayco-AIS also moved in to the lead of the team classification

Cure started stage four in the yellow jersey as race leader while also continuing to lead the points and young rider classification. The stage saw Cure join stage three winner Pooley in a break that would contest the win. On twitter Cure praised teammate Ashlee Ankudinoff for ensuring she made the break over the first climb and the rest of the team for policing the peloton. Winning the stage gave Cure her second win of the race and allowed her to extend her lead to closest rival Pooley to 1:21.

Heading in to the final stage with a lead of over one minute on Pooley all that was needed to ensure the overall win was to keep Pooley in check. Pooley went on to win the stage solo with Cure finishing fifth in a chase group 12 seconds down. The gap was not enough, giving Cure and the team their first overall win of the year in their first UCI race.

Cure's two stage wins and consistent top five finishes also earned her the orange points jersey and the white young rider jersey. Three riders inside the top 10 also saw Jayco-AIS secure the team classification.

Two stage wins, three jerseys and the team classification sealed a successful campaign for the Australian team.

The overall win for Cure follows on from a stage win and second overall at Rabo Ster Zeeuwsche Eilanden to Kirsten Wild (who has been the dominate women's sprinter in 2013) last year and shows there is more to come for the 20 year old Tasmanian.

Jayco-AIS General Classification

1 Amy CURE 11:11:29
6 Taryn HEATHER +3:14
9 Rebecca WIASAKK +3:25
27 Ashlee ANKUDINOFF +5:27
35 Chloe MCCONVILLE +7:36
40 Jessica MUNDY +8:53
 
 
       
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