Tour de l'Aude 2007
Argèles Sur Mer, Team Time Trial, 41km
"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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