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Stage 2

Argèles Sur Mer, Team Time Trial, 41km

 

Race Writeup

"Time trials are about as exciting as watching paint dry".....  a common quote by cycling aficionados. Because of this, time trials which are remembered are usually where high drama changed the face of a race. This team time trial had the potential to be remembered as the one which T-Mobile gave away. However, on the tight, sometimes narrow circuit south of Perpignan, they managed to keep a hold on the victory which was theirs by just 6 seconds. 

Twice in 41 kilometres, the team almost went off course and had to adjust their speed and formation to maintain the correct course. These corrections will have upset the tempo and upset the riders, but they maintained their cool and their speed to complete the time trial fastest.

Team Flexpoint were second (6 seconds), whilst Nürnberger were third (33 seconds). Interestingly, these two teams each included riders who are time trial champions in their home nations. For Team Flexpoint, Susanne Ljungskog (SWE) and Iris Slappendal (NED), whilst for Nürnberger, Edita Puckinskaite (Lithuania) and Charlotte Becker (GER).

T-Mobile's win moved Judith Arndt into the race leader's yellow jersey by over a minute on DSB Bank's Marianne Vos. Indeed, they took a majority of the jerseys after the stage - Linda Villumsen (young rider) in pink, Kim Anderson (stage winner) in white, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg in green (points). Claudia Hausler (Nürnberger) retains the blue mountains jersey and Tanja Hennes (Team Bigla) the red sprints jersey. 

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Team Name Code Time Bonus / Gap
1 T-MOBILE WOMEN TMP 55 43
2 TEAM FLEXPOINT FLX 55 49 0 06
3 NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG NUR 56 16 0 33
4 RALEIGH LIFEFORCE CREATION HB RLT 56 30 0 47
5 BIGLA CYCLING TEAM BCT 56 31 0 48
6 Allemagne GER 57 33 1 50
7 France FRA 58 09 2 26
8 FENIXS - HPB FEN 58 26 2 43
9 TEAM DSB BANK DSB 58 29 2 46
10 MENIKINI - SELLE ITALIA - GYSKO MSG 59 33 3 50

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Surname / Name Team Time:/:Gap
1 ARNDT Judith TMP 04:01:29
2 VILLUMSEN Linda TMP 1
3 NEBEN Amber FLX 9
4 LJUNGSKOG Susanne FLX 10
5 ANDERSON Kim TMP 18
6 SANDIG Madeleine FLX 21
7 GUNNEWILJK Loes FLX 21
8 SOEDER Christiane RLT 31
9 KELLER Luise FLX 33
10 BECKER Charlotte NUR 34

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Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

CJ1_0109 CJ1_0111 CJ1_0115 CJ1_0118 CJ1_0127
CJ1_0134 CJ1_0146 CJ1_0154 CJ1_0160 CJ1_0183
CJ1_0186 CJ1_0197 CJ1_0206 CJ1_0213 CJ1_0224
CJ1_0232 CJ1_0247 CJ1_0270 CJ1_0290 CJ1_0308
CJ1_0316 CJ1_0327 CJ1_0345 CJ1_0348 CJ1_0349
CJ1_0366 CJ1_0435 CJ1_0443 CJ1_0446 CJ2_0184
CJ2_0193 CJ2_0208 CJ2_0211 CJ2_0227 CJ2_0230
CJ2_0255 CJ2_0280 CJ2_0315 CJ2_0336 CJ2_0359
CJ2_0370 CJ2_0405 CJ2_0427    

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