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Stage 5

Gera - Zuelenroda, 113.1km

 

Race Writeup

Nicole Cooke (Univega) put a lid on her domination of the Thüringen Rundfarht in the final stage in the East of Germany on Sunday. The British road race champion won 4 stages of the event, including the sprint for Stage 5. A time trial win on Stage 4a and second in the prologue demonstrated her all-round ability. Cookes' team, Univega Pro Cycling also worked hard for her all week. Christiane Soeder, Priska Doppmann, Karin Thürig, Emma Rickards and crash victim, Jo Kiesanowski all supported the race leader's efforts throughout the event.

An early break by Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) was covered by Emma Rickards, but Rickards was directed by the team to drop back and help team-mates Priska Doppmann and Karin Thurig to control the time gap and then bring Kupfernagel back to the bunch by the climb dubbed the ‘Hankaberg’. Kupfernagel continued on her own.  

Sandra Missbach (AA Drink) and Anke Wichmann (Nürnberger) also individually put themselves ahead of the chasing bunch in the effort to catch those ahead of them.

By the time the race passed the third major climb, Kupfernagel was on her own, ahead of Misbach with the others back in the bunch. But the Univegas controlled the race and brought both back into the bunch.

A dangerous break eventually formed and Cooke made the decision to go with it herself. Kupfernagel spent more of the race on her own, chasing (but ahead of the bunch). With 20km to go, she was 30 seconds adrift. At the finish, she had caught them and was a contestant in the sprint for the line.

In commanding fashion, Cooke led the sprint. She crossed the line with time for a double-handed victory salute to the large crowd in Zeulunroda. 

 

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Post Race Comments

Nicole Cooke - "When the break went on the climb, it was just a case of going with  the strong riders. I knew that I had the overall secured; we'd gone over the last climb. My team-mates worked so hard for the first sixty kilometres to stop Kupfernagel getting too much of a break. It was thanks to my team-mates that we had the chance for the overall win, so I really wanted to dedicate it to them because they worked so hard today and throughout the week too."

 

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Surname / Name Team Time Gap  Bonus
1.   Cooke Nicole Univega Pro Cycling Team - UPT 3.14'09"      10"  
2.   Worrack Trixi Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung - NUR 3.14'09"      7"  
3.   Pucinskaite Edita Nobili Rubinetterie Menkini Cogeas - NMC 3.14'09"      6"  
4.   Kupfernagel Hanka Deutschland Nationalteam - GER 3.14'09"      3"  
5.   Senff Theresa AA Drink Cycling Team - AAD 3.14'09"        
6.   Neben Amber Buitenpoort- Flexpoint Team – BFL 3.14'09"      3"  
7.   Zabirova Zulfia Bigla Cycling Team - BCT 3.15'11"   1'02"     
8.   Liebig Tina Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung - NUR 3.15'11"   1'02"     
9.   Ziliute Diana Safi – Pasta Zara Manhatten - SAF 3.15'29"   1'20"     
10.   Holler Monica Bigla Cycling Team - BCT 3.15'42"   1'33"     

Did Not Finish

Surname / Name Team
Wild Kirsten AA Drink Cycling Team - AAD
Missbach Sandra AA Drink Cycling Team - AAD
Hennes Tanja Buitenpoort- Flexpoint Team – BFL
Schleicher Regina Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung - NUR
Wichmann Anke Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung - NUR
Le Floch Magali T- Mobile Professional Cycling – TMP
Andreasson Veronica Safi – Pasta Zara Manhatten - SAF
Spratt Amanda Australien Nationalteam - AUS
Tosch Susi Team Euregio Egrensis - EGR
Gronow Stephanie Team Euregio Egrensis - EGR
Gebhardt Elke Team Euregio Egrensis - EGR
Wannijn Ine Belgian Cycling Team - BEL
Humplik Caroline Team Stuttgart - STU

 

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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 16.51'43"     
2.   Neben Amber Buitenpoort- Flexpoint Team – BFL 16.52'44"   1'01"  
3.   Worrack Trixi Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung - NUR 16.53'11"   1'28"  
4.   Zabirova Zulfia Bigla Cycling Team - BCT 16.53'53"   2'10"  
5.   Pucinskaite Edita Nobili Rubinetterie Menkini Cogeas - NMC 16.54'09"   2'26"  
6.   Soeder Christiane Univega Pro Cycling Team - UPT 16.54'16"   2'33"  
7.   Senff Theresa AA Drink Cycling Team - AAD 16.54'25"   2'42"  
8.   Thürig Karin Univega Pro Cycling Team - UPT 16.55'18"   3'35"  
9.   Ziliute Diana Safi – Pasta Zara Manhatten - SAF 16.55'40"   3'57"  
10.   Beutler Annette Buitenpoort- Flexpoint Team – BFL 16.56'45"   5'02"  

 

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