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Tour de l'Aude

Stage 9

Axat - Station de ski Majanes Donezan, 98km

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Race Writeup

This was the hardest stage of the race - 98km and a lot of them uphill. There were 2 'hors category' climbs and a lot of rolling countryside in-between. The ride from Axat to Majanes Donezan took a picturesque course through beautiful Pyrenean valleys and villages. There was a strong headwind again today, just to add to the rider's challenge.

The attacks came early, with Trixi Worrack (Nurnberger) making an early attempt to get away, but the Buitenpoort-Flexpoint pair of Amber Neben and Susanne Ljungskog went after her. They put in a big effort at the foot of the first HC climb (Col du Garaval) and went away together. By the summit, they were away by over a minute, a gap which they maintained to the finish. 

At the finish, there was a double celebration; Neben raised a celebratory fist as she became the new race leader and Ljunskog took the stage with a punch in the air. 

The race was blown apart, Judith Arndt (T-Mobile), Claudia Hauser (Nurnberger), Priska Doppmann (Univega), Edita Puckinskaite (Nobili), and jersey leaders, Svetlana Bubnenkova (Colnago Fenixs) (mountains) and Madeleine Sandig (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint) (young rider) were the only to manage a finsih within 10 minutes of the leading pair. 

Edwige Pitel (Bianchi Aliverti) finished next, she is going to be sore overnight. A fall on some train tracks very early in the stage meant that she has grazed much of the skin from her right thigh. Those remaining in the race finished in small groups. 

 

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Post Race Comments

When asked whether it is possible to defend the yellow jersey on the final stage on Sunday, Amber Neben replied "Its possible, but its going to be difficult." Neben took over the race lead today and could be back-to-back winner of the Tour overall, depending upon the result of Stage 10.

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Surname Name Team E = U23 Time / Gap Bonus
1 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BFL 3h 17' 37" 10"
2 NEBEN Amber BFL same 6
3 WORRACK Trixi NUR 1 12 4"
4 PUCINSKAITE Edita NMC 3 1
5 DOPPMANN Priska UPT same
6 HAUSLER Claudia NUR E 3 26
7 ARNDT Judith TMP 3 51
8 SANDIG Madeleine BFL E 4 49
9 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana FEN same
10 PITEL Edwige ALI 10 0

 

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Surname Name Team E = U23 Time / Gap
1 NEBEN Amber BFL 21 h 7 5
2 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BFL 00 14
3 WORRACK Trixi NUR 01 25
4 DOPPMANN Priska UPT 02 13
5 PUCINSKAITE Edita NMC 02 36
6 SANDIG Madeleine BFL E 03 47
7 ARNDT Judith TMP 04 29
8 HAUSLER Claudia NUR E 04 59
9 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana FEN 05 51
10 SALVETAT Maryline FRA 09 09

 

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