Tour de l'Aude 2007
Port La Nouvelle - Port La Nouvelle, 115km
There were several attempts to get away on the rolling, tough first stage of the Tour de l'Aude. The ExpressCopy.com team was particularly aggressive. Nothing was allowed too much space, though and the only notable break was a group of 6 which managed to get about 8 seconds ahead of the bunch. This escape was brought quickly brought back, lasting less than 5 kilometres on the road.
The race stayed together for a bunch sprint, which was headed by Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile). Vos was the woman with the legs on Stage1, though and celebrated another win in 2007. Teutenberg was quick to congratulate the Dutchwoman, with a pat on the back just after they crossed the line.
Angela Brodtka (Germany) won the sprint for third, a couple of lengths back, from Tanja Hennes (Bigla) and Priska Doppmann (Raleigh). Doppmann's team-mate, Joe Kiesanowski was fifth.
Race leader, Christiane Soeder (Raleigh) finished in the bunch in 65th position. But with 10 seconds bonus for the stage win, Vos was able to take the yellow jersey. She had started only 10 seconds down and race etiquette placed the yellow jersey on her young shoulders.
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