22 Jul 2008

NZ cyclist looking good with second in French tour race

12:39 pm on 22 July 2008

Christchurch cyclist Joanne Kiesanowski continued some excellent form in her Olympic build-up to finish second in the Tour de Bretagne Feminin in France.

Kiesanowski surrendered the lead in the morning time trial on the final day and despite leading the peloton sprint in the final stage had to settle for second place in the four day tour won by Great Britain's Emma Pooley.

Pooley won the previous day's 99km third stage to move into third place while Kiesanowski remained in front after finish seventh in the main bunch in the stage from Kernilus to Le Drennec.

Olympic mountainbike representative Rosara Joseph also impressed, finishing in 31st place 4min 38sec down with Kaytee Boyd 39th, Sarah Murdoch 65th, Kerrienne Torckler 70th and Yvette Hill-Willis 87th.