Tour de l' Aude
Villegly - Grotte de Limousis 69km
The second stage of the day was a real test. Covering similar roads to those climbed on Stage 3, the bunch faced a mountaintop finish this afternoon. An early breakaway saw Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile) and Suzanne De Goede (AA Drink) gain an advantage of over a minute on the bunch before the first real climb started.
In the village of Lastours, at the foot of the climb, an attempt by Trine Hanson (Bianchi Aliverti) to chase the pair down was being watched by the bunch and one rider in particular. Obvious at the front and looking fresh was Olga Zabelinskaya (Colnago Fenixs). She bided her time and when Teutenberg was caught, she slipped away.
On the climb to the Grotte de Limousis, Zabelinskaya caught Suzanne De Goede and took the win. She had obviously put a lot into the effort in the strong wind, barely raising a one-handed victory salute as she crossed the line. De Goede came in 1'24" later, just managing to stay ahead of the bunch. Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) sprinted in for third, whilst Priska Doppmann was not far behind, finishing in fourth.
Defending yellow jersey, Marina Jaunatre finished in obvious distress, her face contorted with the effort. For her, though, there was the added disappointment of losing the race lead to Doppmann by just 20 seconds.
T-Mobile's Lyne Bessette was a non-starter, as was World road Champion, Regina Schleicher. World track Champion, Maria Calle retired from the race today also.
Priska Doppmann >> " I am so happy to be in the yellow jersey", How does she feel about Friday's stage? "I am pleased to be in the jersey, any more days are a bonus. I am feeling good, I am recovering well overnight, so who knows?"
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