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Stage 3

Schleiz - Gera, 130km

Race Writeup

Rain greeted the start of the stage and made the temperature a little cooler, although  finishing temperatures were still above 30'C. The race was split apart early on when the decisive break went away. Veronica Andreasson (Colnago Fenixs), Emma Rickards (Univega), Tanja Hennes (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint), Magali Le Floche (T-Mobile), Jennifer Hohl (Team Bigla), Emanuela Azzini (Nobili), Corine Hierckens (AA Drink) and Liane Bahler (Colnago Fenixs) were the breakaways who went at just over 30km covered. 

Liane Bahler, was the rider who caused the break to go, attacking in the small town of Dittersdorf, she created a seven person break and remained active. She managed to take the sprints competition jersey as a result of her aggression. The maximum time the break gained was around 5 minutes, until Nicole Cooke's Univega team and (second placed at 14 seconds) Zoulfia Zabirova's Team Bigla went to the front to bring the break back. In the closing kilometres, Andreasson made her move, worrying about Bahler's strength, she decided to go rather than sprint against her, she explained after the stage.  


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Post Race Comments

Veronica Andreasson "I am doubly lucky, because I also moved up so far in the General Classification" [She moved up to 12th overall, 1 minute, 43 seconds down on Cooke]

Emma Rickards "The rain early on was quite dangerous and there were constant attacks. With Nicole in yellow, we just wanted to control anything that was going away and so the break actually went at about 35km and so we spent almost 100km off the front. I was told just to sit on, it was a pretty solid day off the front!

The final passage through the finish [the was a finishing circuit with a 12km lap of Gera at the end of the stage], there were a lot of attacks and I covered as much as I could and then Veronica got away with about 5km to go. She attacked at the right time and everyone hesitated. Unfortunately I'd just covered a move and was too tired to go again, when she got a good gap with about 3km to go, I "we're not going to catch her, so I may as well concentrate on the bunch finish. But I felt good at the finish, it was good to win that and to beat a sprinter like Tanja Hennes, it was very satisfying."

And the team plans for defending Nicole Cooke's yellow jersey lead?

"For yellow, we've got a few options because Nicole's there at the moment, Karin [Thürig] and Christiane [Soeder] haven't lost too much time and tomorrow's the time trial and they're specialist time triallists, we'll see what comes out of the time trial and then have a look at how we take the race stage in the afternoon and on Sunday."


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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Surname / Name Team Time Gap Bonus
1.   Andreasson Veronica Safi – Pasta Zara Manhatten - SAF 3.32'31"      15"  
2.   Rickards Emma Univega Pro Cycling Team - UPT 3.33'39"   1'08"   6"  
3.   Hennes Tanja Buitenpoort- Flexpoint Team – BFL 3.33'39"   1'08"   7"  
4.   Le Floch Magali T- Mobile Professional Cycling – TMP 3.33'41"   1'10"     
5.   Hohl Jennifer Bigla Cycling Team - BCT 3.33'41"   1'10"     
6.   Azzini Emanuela Nobili Rubinetterie Menkini Cogeas - NMC 3.33'41"   1'10"   2"  
7.   Hierckens Corine AA Drink Cycling Team - AAD 3.33'41"   1'10"     
8.   Bahler Liane Fenixs – Colnago - FEN 3.33'44"   1'13"   8"  
9.   Holler Monica Bigla Cycling Team - BCT 3.35'39"   3'08"     
10.   Kupfernagel Hanka Deutschland Nationalteam - GER 3.35'39"   3'08"     


DNF Teutenberg Ina-Yoko T- Mobile Professional Cycling – TMP
DNF Gollan Olivia Nobili Rubinetterie Menkini Cogeas - NMC
DNF Vilajosana Marta Nobili Rubinetterie Menkini Cogeas - NMC
DNF Gilmore Rochelle Safi – Pasta Zara Manhatten - SAF
DNF Weissenseel Lisa Deutschland Nationalteam - GER
DNF Zuckermandel Denise Deutschland Nationalteam - GER
DNF Rechenbach Stephanie Team Euregio Egrensis - EGR
DNF Sterckx Kathleen Belgian Cycling Team - BEL


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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Surname / Name Team Time Gap
1.   Cooke Nicole Univega Pro Cycling Team - UPT 11.07'23"     
2.   Zabirova Zulfia Bigla Cycling Team - BCT 11.07'37"   14"  
3.   Soeder Christiane Univega Pro Cycling Team - UPT 11.07'59"   36"  
4.   Ziliute Diana Safi – Pasta Zara Manhatten - SAF 11.08'09"   46"  
5.   Thürig Karin Univega Pro Cycling Team - UPT 11.08'11"   48"  
6.   Neben Amber Buitenpoort- Flexpoint Team – BFL 11.08'11"   48"  
7.   Worrack Trixi Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung - NUR 11.08'13"   50"  
8.   Senff Theresa AA Drink Cycling Team - AAD 11.08'14"   51"  
9.   Pucinskaite Edita Nobili Rubinetterie Menkini Cogeas - NMC 11.08'15"   52"  
10.   Beutler Annette Buitenpoort- Flexpoint Team – BFL 11.08'18"   55"  


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