MTN’s Carla Swart moves to 3rd place

It has been tough going for the MTN Women’s Team in their first 10 day stage race in Europe. The Tour de L’Aude is one of only two events over this many days for women’s cycling the other being the Giro d’Italia in July.

Yesterdays 5th stage over 104.5km’s from Amelie Les Bains to Amelie Les Bains proved to be both exhilarating and sad for the team. Carla rode into a brilliant 12th place on the stage moving her to 24th on the General Classification and into 3rd place in the Young Riders Competition. She is behind 2 great riders the one being Marianne Vos a multiple World Champion and the current World Cup Leader and Elizabeth Armitstead who rides for the Cervelo Test Team. Unfortunately Lylanie Lauwrens was unable to complete yesterday’s stage and will not finish the tour.

With 4 stages remaining and over 400km’s of racing of which 2 are still in the mountains lots can happen.

Team Manager Bruno Haemers says the team is riding very well in such a hard women’s stage race. Yesterday the race started up a 10km climb and the racing was fast from the start. With many transfers and late race starts which the South African women are not used too they are performing very well.

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