Women's Cycling - Wellington Criterium

The Women's Cycle Tour of New Zealand finished with a 'Criterium' around the streets of Wellington on Sunday.


1 - Betina Hold (Canada) waiting for the start


2 - the field lined up, and ready to go


3 - race start, complete with commentators in the background


4 - one of the riders tries to make an early break


5 - a few motion studies


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7 - there were sprints every 10 minutes, so there was plenty of action


8 - Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Germany) managed to break free


9 - Sarah Ulmer in pursuit


10 - Teutenberg wins, I had to do some rather drastic cropping thanks to the official photographer who stepped out and blocked the view of about 900 TV and still cameras


11 - Sarah Ulmer (New Zealand) crosses the line in 2nd


12 - Ulmer is one of NZ's most popular sportspeople - she won a gold medal at the Athens Olympics (3000 metres individual pursuit), and set a world record time


13 - nice trophy...


14 - ...and the sprint ace jersey. Hmmm. The look (it isn't quite 'blue steel') featured on Stuff.co.nz courtesy of a similarly minded Dominion Post photographer.


15 - winners on the podium. Cycling New Zealand kindly has the full results here.