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Tour de l'Aude 2007

 

 

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Stage 3

Lezignan Corbieres, 122km

 

Race Writeup

With most of the attacks saved for the final 25km, the race stayed pretty much together through the first 95km of the race. It was not until mid-distance that the climbs were encountered, which caused some sore legs at the back of the bunch. Active at the front in the early kilometres, though were the sprinters. Tanja Hennes (Team Bigla) rode aggressively to protect her red sprinter's jersey. The competition was given extra impetus by the bonus seconds available which count towards the overall, General Classification.

The final selection for the stage came just after the last descent of the day. With 25km to go, a group broke away from the bunch and gained over a minute before the finish. There was no danger to the General Classification, most of the main contenders were in the breakaway. The lead in to Lezignan saw no further breaks and so the stage came down to a bunch sprint. 

There was no doubt that Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) had the legs to take this one. She sprinted in ahead of Angela Brodtka (Germany) and France's Marina Jaunâtre from the group of 33 riders.

Race leader, Judith Arndt was safe in the group and despite losing out on bonus seconds, maintained the race lead. Linda Villumsen maintains second place, 1 second behind, whilst Amber Neben slipped back to 1'55 seconds down - she was one of the riders who missed the break. Susanne Ljungskog's time gap (10 seconds) didn't change, so she moves into third.

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Post Race Comments

Marianne Vos :  "This is my first time at Tour de l'Aude. Its a big race and I didn't expect to do so well. Now I've got two stage wins"

Judith Arndt : "Of course I would like to win the overall, but its early. We will see in the big mountains if I'm strong enough"

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Pos Team Surname Name Time Gap
1 DSB VOS Marianne

3:14:01

2 GER BRODTKA Angéla 00
3 FRA JAUNATRE Marina 00
4 RLT KIESANOWSKI Joanne 00
5 BCT HENNES Tanja 00
6 GER KUPFERNAGEL Hanka 00
7 GER KASPER Romy 00
8 FEN BUBNENKOVA Svetlana 00
9 FRW MARTISSOVA Julia 00
10 DSB BOSMAN Andrea 00

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Surname Name Team Time  Gap
1 ARNDT Judith TMP 7:15:30
2 VILLUMSEN Linda TMP 01
3 LJUNGSKOG Susanne FLX 10
4 ANDERSON Kim TMP 18
5 GUNNEWILJK Loes FLX 21
6 BECKER Charlotte NUR 34
7 WORRACK Trixi NUR 37
8 KIESANOWSKI Joanne RLT 44
9 DOPPMAN Priska RLT 45
10 DÜSTER Sarah RLT 46

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Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

CJ1_0470 CJ1_0477 CJ1_0488 CJ1_0518 CJ1_0535
CJ1_0551 CJ1_0558 CJ1_0578 CJ1_0597 CJ1_0617
CJ1_0639 CJ1_0667 CJ2_0453 CJ2_0461 CJ2_0469
CJ2_0472 CJ2_0484 CJ2_0503 CJ2_0517 CJ2_0576
CJ2_0646 CJ2_0649 CJ2_0654 CJ2_0687 CJ2_0718
CJ2_0749 CJ2_0759 CJ2_0780  CJ2_0792

 

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