2009 Tour de P.E.I.: Photo finish for Stage 4

Steve Sharratt
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GEORGETOWN -- It was a nail-biter.
And in a blur of colour and speed, the mass cyclists in the Tour de P.E.I. roared across the finish line like a solid mass here Wednesday.

GEORGETOWN -- It was a nail-biter.
And in a blur of colour and speed, the mass cyclists in the Tour de P.E.I. roared across the finish line like a solid mass here Wednesday.
So close, that organizers deemed it a photo finish and a hush fell over the crowd as officials determined just who won Day 4 of the adventure. When the riders were called to the stage, it was the exact same names as Tuesday.
Italian Giorgia Bronzini just clipped the first-place finish over Rochelle Gilmore of Sydney, Australia, while Netherlands-born Martine Bras claimed third.
Tara Whitten of Edmonton won the yellow jersey and is leading overall and was the top Canadian of the day.
"I had a bit of a crash," she said after claiming her jersey at the stage set up in the Macdonald Gardens near the Kings Playhouse. "A few of us got caught up, but it was nothing serious.
"However, it delayed me a bit."
Meanwhile, Gilmore claimed the red jersey to lead the day as all cyclists prepare for the final stage of the race in Charlottetown today at 5:30 p.m.
The Wednesday leg of the race -- all 120 kilometres -- took the tour from Dalvay to Mount Stewart and from Montague through the hills of Caledonia and back to Poole's Corner and Georgetown.
"I came off her wheel just a wee bit late," offered Gilmore about the nail-biting finish. "But every day I'm getting closer and maybe tomorrow I'll get by her.
"I'm starting to feel better every day."
Despite the hills of Caledonia -- steep even for vehicles -- Gilmore said the third leg was actually flatter overall than Tuesday's course through central Queens.
"I found the racing quite calm today and I just stayed with the pack until the end," added Gilmore.

Geographic location: GEORGETOWN, Caledonia, Sydney Australia Netherlands Edmonton Macdonald Gardens Charlottetown Mount Stewart Queens

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