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29th August - 3rd September

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Stage Review - Stage 5

It has been unseasonably warm in the Netherlands this week. Although the weather forecast for today was for rain and possible thunder, the day just got hotter and sunnier. As the riders rolled away, thermometers at banks and filling stations showed the temperature to be 26'C. Later on, around Almelo town centre and the finish line, the high cloud had burned away and the temperature was reading 29'C. 

It was not an easy ride today for the 136 starters. There were at least two crashes and the pace was high for most of the day. As has been the case all week, the early part of the stage saw the pace rise, resulting in riders being lost out of the back of the bunch. Later on, however, a break did get away and caused the pace to rise even further. Race leader, Tanja Hennes, was determined to defend her jersey and as the race entered Almelo for the first of 3 town centre circuits, the whole of the Buitenpoort-Flexpoint team was at the front chasing down the breakaways. They reduced the gap, but were unable to tow Hennes across to the escapees, who were preparing for a sprint.

Still in the bunch with a lap to go was Team Safi's Nicole Cooke. As the group took the bell, she made a huge effort and crossed the gap to the leaders. As the group came onto the finishing straight  lap (3km) later, her white British Champion's jersey could be seen bursting out of the front of the group. With 75m to go, she glanced around to see if anyone was with her - noone. For the next 25m - 30m, she continued to accelerate away. Then, with 30m to go, it was time to celebrate, she raised her arms, glanced once again over her shoulder and then coasted to the line, arms still raised. 

The bunch sprinted in 6 seconds later, led by Judith Arndt (Nrnberger) from Andrea Bosman (Vrienden van het Platteland). There was a further gap of another 8 seconds until the main group was home - the split had occurred during the chases in the final lap. 

The result means that Cooke moves up from 43rd to 33rd, her time gap still over 2 1/2 minutes. Overall leader is still Tanja Hennes, with a lead of 44 seconds over next rival, Regina Schleicher who is fourth at 44 seconds. Hennes does not need to worry about the second and third placed riders, they are team-mates, Melchers van Poppel and Ljungskog.

 

Post Race Comment - Nicole Cooke

Speaking after the race, Nicole Cooke was pleased with her win, but it had been hard won. Cooke came off twice in crashes on stage 5.  Her run down on the stage was this :  "There were a couple of crashes today - one major one after about 45 minutes, I came off there, then after the break had gone, another one. I got caught behind that one, but I didn't come down. I chased back onto the break and just as I got on, some riders made contact with a (race) motorbike and I fell again too.  With a lap to go, I went across the gap, I think the bunch didn't bother to chase me, they could of done and made it hard for me, but they didn't bother. I tried really hard and it paid off in the end."  When asked if she was happy with her form, happy with the recovery to her knee, she replied "Yes I am. I'm not happy if I keep falling off, but I'm going well. I'm happy with my knee. I'm riding with it strapped as a precaution at the moment." 

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Results - Stage 5  - Almelo - Almelo  124.8km -   40.751km/h

Posn Name Team Time / Gap
1 COOKE, Nicole MIX3 3h03'45"
2 GUNNEWIJK, Loes VVP 00"
3 GRIMBERG, Arenda TSC 00"
4 VAN ALEBEEK, Sissy BAA 00"
5 LUTZ, Eva GER 00"
6 VAN DONGEN-COOLS,Jolanda MIX6 00"
7 ARNDT, Judith NUR 06"
8 BOSMAN, Andrea VVP 06"
9 VALEN, Anita VLL 06"
10 HENNES, Tanja MIX1 06"
11 TEUTENBERG, Ina-Yoko GER 06"
12 BRODTKA, Angela BAA 06"
13 VOS, Janneke TSC 06"
14 DSTER, Sarah TSC 06"
15 HENRION, Ludivine TSC 06"
16 VERMEIREN, Katleen MIX5 06"
17 BELTMAN, Chantal VVP 06"
18 OKI, Miho NMC 06"
19 LJUNGSKOG, Susanne MIX1 06"
20 MELCHERS-V POPPEL,Mirjam MIX1 06"
21 CAZZANIGA, Barbara ALI 06"
22 MANSVELD, Debby VLL 06"
23 DE GOEDE, Suzanne BAA 06"
24 MIGGELS, Kristy VVP 06"
25 VAN DONGEN, Minke VVP 06"
26 WALLAARD, Jaccolien MIX8 06"
27 BRANDLI, Nicole MIX10 06"
28 SENFF, Theresa BAA 06"
29 GROENVELD, Josephine BAA 06"
30 LINTHORST, Francis TSC 14"
31 URBONAITE, Zita MIX3 14"
32 MOORE, Amy MIX9 14"
33 BRAAM, Elisabeth WWV 14"
34 AZZINI, Emanuela NMC 14"
35 VAN ESSEN, Sharon VVP 14"
36 PROFIJT, Marije WWV 14"
37 VISSER, Adrie BAA 14"
38 ROMBOUTS, Sandra MIX1 14"
39 SERUP, Linda MIX1 14"
40 KELLY, Helen MIX8 14"
41 ZUGNO, Anna MIX3 14"
42 CARRIGAN, Sara BAA 14"
43 CHRISTENSEN, Lise ALI 14"
44 PIETERS, Cindy VLL 14"
45 GRAB, Sarah MIX2 14"
46 ADAMSEN, Maja MIC 14"
47 VANDROMME, Sharon VLL 14"
48 DE VOCHT, Liesbet MIX5 14"
49 WICHMANN, Anke NUR 14"
50 WORRACK, Trixi NUR 14"
51 KNETEMANN, Roxane NED 14"
52 KLEP, Inge MIX9 14"
53 SCHLEICHER, Regina NUR 14"
54 SLAPPENDEL, Iris VVP 14"
55 VAN DIJK, Ellen NED 14"
56 ZILIUTE, Diana MIX3 14"
57 BAHLER, Liane NUR 14"
58 KARAMI, Miyoko MIX3 14"
59 GUSMINI, Anna NMC 14"
60 DOPPMANN, Priska MIX2 14"
61 RICKARDS, Emma MIX2 14"
62 AUNE, Karin MIX6 14"
63 BATES, Katherine BAA 14"
64 MARKERINK, Loes MIX8 14"
65 GOLLAN, Olivia NUR 14"
66 JOHANSON, Emma ALI 14"
67 ROTMENSEN, Moniek TSC 14"
68 SLLER, Birgit MIX2 14"
69 ARCANGELI, Lidia MIX10 14"
70 VAN DER BIJL, Karen MIX9 14"
71 SPIJKERMAN, Bertine MIX8 14"
72 ARMSTRONG, Kristin USA 14"
73 CANTELE, Noemi MIX10 14"
74 RINGLEVER, Linda MIX11 14"
75 ZABIROVA, Zoulfia MIX10 14"
76 FRANGES, Lauren USA 14"
77 SANDIG, Madeleine MIX1 14"
78 WANNIJN, Ine VLL 14"
79 BEKKERING, Eyelien MIX9 14"
80 RUITER, Chrissy USA 14"
81 HUNT, Amy MIX3 14"
82 VAN DER WIEL, Frederika MIX5 14"
83 WILD, Kirsten MIX8 14"
84 LEEZER, Yvonne NED 14"
85 DAVIES, Emma VLL 14"
86 LINDBERG, Madeleine NUR 14"
87 BLUM, Katharina MIX11 14"
88 BEKKERING, Danille MIX9 14"
89 SLYUSAREVA, Olga NMC 14"
90 FOSS, Line MIX12 14"
91 KNECHT, Andrea MIX10 14"
92 KELLER, Louise MIX1 14"
93 THRIG, Karin MIX2 14"
94 JHREND, Marlen GER 14"
95 KORTEKAAS, Esther WWV 14"
96 HULSHORST, Ellis MIX5 1'42"
97 FURRER, Monika MIX10 1'42"
98 V.D. BROEK, Irene TSC 1'42"
99 TAMANINI, Luisa ALI 1'42"
100 WIERTSEMA, Suzanne WWV 4'38"
101 BRAAM, Joukje WWV 4'38"
102 LARSEN, Linda MIX12 5'44"
103 PALLAND, Marit MIX9 7'37"
104 WYMAN, Helen MIX11 7'37"
105 EIE, Hege Linn MIX12 7'37"
106 TURATO, Gessica MIX3 7'37"
107 LONGHIN, Katia MIC 7'37"
108 VILUNAITE, Erika ALI 7'37"
109 SEEHAVER, Kori USA 7'37"
110 BORCHI, Alessandra MIC 7'37"
111 BEUTLER, Annette MIC 7'37"
112 DIJKMAN, Petra MIX4 7'37"
113 GIARDINELLI, Letizia MIC 7'37"
114 GLASBERGEN, Jessica MIX7 7'37"
115 VAN DEN BERG, Debby MIX4 7'37"
116 BAKKER, Liesbeth TSC 12'07"
117 SIMONS, Suzan NED 12'07"
118 HELMINK, Judith MIX8 12'07"
119 NIJHOF, Femke MIX7 12'07"
120 HASSINK, Areke MIX8 12'07"
121 BECKER, Christina MIX1 12'07"
122 HOEVE, Daphne MIX7 12'07"
123 VERHOEVEN, Marieke MIX7 12'07"
124 DIRKX, Linda MIX7 12'07"

 

 

 

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General Classification  Full GC - click here

 

Posn Name Team Time / Gap
1 HENNES, Tanja MIX1 13h41'44"
2 LJUNGSKOG, Susanne MIX1 29"
3 MELCHERS-V POPPEL,Mirjam MIX1 32"
4 SCHLEICHER, Regina NUR 44"
5 BRODTKA, Angela BAA 47"
6 DE GOEDE, Suzanne BAA 50"
7 VAN ALEBEEK, Sissy BAA 56"
8 GROENVELD, Josephine BAA 1'00"
9 GUNNEWIJK, Loes VVP 1'01"
10 BELTMAN, Chantal VVP 1'05"

 

 

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