Navarra, Spain, April 21-23, 2000
Stage 1 - April 21: Noain-Tudela 127 km
Stage one of Navarra was 127 kilometres with, if I remember correctly, 3 climbs. On climb one, Longo went to the front hoping to string things out a bit. Ziliute immediately took her wheel while myself, Tatiana Stiajkina, and Vera Hohlfeld set her up for the GPM. The climb was fairly smooth, awesome roads -wide, no potholes to speak of!
The second climb was fairly uneventful - Ziliute took the points easily and then we began approaching the finish. At five km things were getting a bit frantic, the front of the pack was like a slalom. the Norwegians had a good team and were working hard for Monica Valen. Zita Urbonite was at the front with Hohlfield and Stiajkina powering away for Ziliute. I managed to weasel in with 3km to go to try and help out as well as slide in 5th I think.