Lithuanian Cyclist Diana Ziliute takes home the first edition of the Tour de PEI



    An exciting criterium won by her teammate Giorgia Bronzini

    CHARLOTTETOWN, June 15 /CNW/ - Diana Ziliute, from team Safi Pasta Zara
Manhattan, took home this first edition of the Tour de PEI. The Lithuanian of
31 years won the tour with a 1 minute 19 second lead over Russian cyclist
Alexandra Burchenkova (Russian National Team) and a 1 minute 22 seconds lead
over Australian cyclist Olivia Gollan (Menikini - Selle Italia - Gysko).
    The last stage, a criterium taking place around the Confederation Centre
of the Arts in downtown Charlottetown, was won by Italian cyclist Giorgia
Bronzini. Rochelle Gilmore of Australia (Menikini - Selle Italia - Gysko) came
in second, followed by Elena Novikova from Russia. With this win, Giorgia
Bronzini was able to capture both sprinter and points jerseys. Swiss athlete
Annette Beutler won the cumulative points total, holding onto the Queen of the
Mountain jersey. The energetic crowd of 7,000 spectators cheered on the 77
athletes as they raced around the 1 kilometer circuit 50 times.
    Michel Le Chasseur of Confederation Bridge and Daniel Manibal of the
Montreal Women's World Cup Cycling and Tour du Grand Montreal were extremely
satisfied with the tremendous work that has been done. "My hat is off to all
the volunteers, sponsors and employees involved in this organisation", says
Michel Le Chasseur. "Islanders were warm and welcoming, the scenery was
unbelievable and the athletes were thrilled by the quality of this event",
continues Mr. Manibal.
    Tour de PEI presented by ScotiaBank was a 5-stage cycling race held from
June 10 to 14. Results can be found at www.tourdepei.com.




For further information:

For further information: Jacinthe Lemire, Project Director, Tour de PEI,
(514) 947-5657, jlemire@cycling-events.com


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