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Stage 2

Zeulenroda - Zeulenroda, 115km


Race Writeup

The town of Zeulenroda shone brightly on the riders as they rolled out for stage 2 of the Thüringen-Rundfarht. The peloton was neutralized through the town to the foot of the first climb on the outskirts of Pöllwitz and as the bunch hit the climb the pace increased and evident on the front was T-Mobile, Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung and Bigla. 

As the bunch reached the first mountain point, it was Briton, Emma Pooley (Team Specialized) who attacked to cross the line first closely followed by Katie Mactier (Australian National Team (AIS)) and Natalie Bates (Team Getränke Hoffmann). Pooley continued to drive hard and was joined by Charlotte Becker (Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung) and Carla Ryan (Australian National Team (AIS)). This attack formed a split in the peloton and approximately 60 riders formed a group. The race came back together as the race route rolled up and down. The bunch constantly found itself strung out on many of the climbs as the riders struggled with high winds and the pace set by the leading top climbers as they tried to attack.  

Just before the first sprint point and the small climb to Mehltheuer, Natalie Bates (Team Getränke Hoffmann) attacked and quickly gained a 1 minute gap. At the sprint point, Bates (Team Getränke Hoffmann) led Mönike Holler (Bigla) and Rochelle Gilmore (Menikini Selle Italia Gysko). The Bates attack disintegrated the field into 3 small groups. By the time the peloton had reached the top of the climb to Tobertitz, Bates had been caught but not before she scored maximum points over the climb. Lang Meng Giant Pro Cycling took second and Pooley secured third.   

This break was one of many attempts to go clear of the peloton but none were successful. Strong winds hampered the riders. Raleigh Lifeforce Creation moved to the front and pulled the lead group together. Immediately a small group of riders attacked and gained 25 seconds, among them were Andrea Graus (Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung), Anita Valen (Vrienden van het Platteland) Karen Thürig (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation), Tina Liebig (Team Getränke Hoffmann) Nicole Brändli (Bigla), Christiane Soeder (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation) and Angela Brodtka (Team Getränke Hoffmann). T-Mobile worked hard on the front to bring this group back.  

As they were caught a small group of four attacked, Charlotte Becker (Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung), Emma Rickards (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation), Noemi Cantele (Bigla) and Sara Carrigan (Australian National Team (AIS)) managed to get away. They only managed to create a small gap of 10 seconds back to the first group of chasers in the main peloton. The chase group was led at the turn in Unterkoskau by T-Mobile’s Judith Arndt. Arndt’s power secured the group were caught within the next kilometre. Arndt’s power at the front allowed her team-mate Anke Wichmann to attack and escape. She quickly gained a gap and with 86km completed she was 2 minutes 20 seconds in the lead.

The field chased hard to bring Wichmann back. As the chasers came through the start/finish area to start the final 20km loop of the lake near Zeulenroda, the gap was down to 40 seconds. Edita Puckinskaite ((Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung) forced the pace at the front, closely followed by Amber Neben (Team Flexpoint). Oenone Wood (T-Mobile) marked Neben and chased hard, Joanne Kiesanowski (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation) also reacted and brought the remainder of the peloton with her.

As the peloton reached 13km to go Wichmann had been caught and the sprinters began to position themselves at the front of the group. 

At the 6km point, Cantele (Bigla) attacked and managed to get a 20 second gap, Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung and T-Mobile reacted and closed the gap.  

At 150m to go the sprinters were at the front led by formed World Champion Regina Schleicher, who took the stage win. At the line Brodtka took second and Wood crossed the line in third. 

Emma Rickards took over the yellow jersey from team mate Priska Doppmann, Anke Wichmann was awarded the most aggressive rider, Emma Pooley took the mountains jersey,  Regina Schleicher won the sprinters jersey  and the young riders jersey was taken by Suzanne van Veen (Team Flexpoint)

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Post Race Comments

Emma Rickards (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation) was proudly wearing the yellow jersey after the presentation, disclosing that this was the “first one” she has worn. “I am very excited to be in yellow at Thüringen. It was a very hard race for us today and anyone of us could have been in yellow. I managed to get in a break and secure some extra bonus seconds and I managed to just hang on at the finish and not loose and extra time so that worked well for me.  At the finish when we realized it was going to be a sprint, we were going to try for Jo [Kiesanowski] but it didn’t work out. Asked if the team will now defend the jersey to the end of the week, Rickards added, “We have not planned what we are going to do, but if we loose it then that’s ok. Although having said that, we plan to watch the moves and do what we can to keep it. There is another time trial at the end of the week and we have a strong team of time trialists so we should be ok”.

Oenone Wood (T-Mobile) reflected on her third place in the sprint and the race overall. “It would have been great if Anke [Wichmann] could have stayed out there today but unfortunately that’s not how it ended up. It was a very hard day today, it’s always hard in Thüringen. These courses go up and down, left, right, and through narrow roads”.

Wood was asked if it was difficult to keep some control in the peloton given the number of attacks. “It certainly was, some teams seemed to have stronger numbers in the breaks so we definitely had to keep on our toes today. We had to work really hard chasing breaks and making sure we were always in the important moves and had things under control”.

Emma Pooley (Team Specialised Designs for Women) rode herself into the Mountains jersey today and chatted after the presentation. “I am very pleased to be in the jersey it was a tough day for the team today but it was good for us to be on the podium today. After the last climb I was pretty sure I had the jersey. It would have been nice to stay in the front group but I didn’t manage it. I am happy though”.

Tanya Hennes (Bigla) was in the final group on the road today, struggling to find form after a bout of illness. “I am not sure how the team faired to day, but it was a hard day for all. This was my first race after being sick for two weeks. The speed was really high and it was very windy. I had to work really had just to stay in. All the teams are coming out of the Giro which is a very high speed race so I am happy with today and will see how I go tomorrow”. Asked if the team had planned for Noemi [Cantele] to attack with 6km to go Hennes added, “We don’t have a sprinter so it was important for Noemi to try to go early. She can hold good speed when she is on her own, this  was our goal today but sometimes it doesn’t work”.


Kate Bates (T-Mobile) found the going tough today, she chatted after the race. “For me it was very tough, groups just kept attacking I just had to stay up the front and be alert all the time. The last 5km in was very tough. I am very tired now”. Asked if the team had planned to support the mountains jersey, she added “That was a bit of a joke today, although defending it was at the bottom of our list of priorities I think it  [the jersey]  must have given me a boost because I was climbing much better than I normally would. It’s time to hand it over now”.


Amanda Spratt (Australian National Team (AIS) looked tired after the race and spoke briefly about her day. “It was very tough out there today. It was on right from the start and there were quite a few climb. I haven’t raced for a couple of months so found it very hard. It was good to get back in there [the race] and I am very happy with my ride today and we had a good day as a team. The winds played a real factor on the race today, there were occasions where it was just little groups all fighting to get together. As a team we had lots of bad luck today, we had 3 punctures and one in the last 5km to go. Josie Loane had to get a spare from another team as the service had gone to the finish”.


Joanne Kiesanowski (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation HB) was pleased with the team performance and the fact that they had kept the yellow jersey. “It was a bonus that we managed to keep the jersey in the team. We decided that we weren’t going to waste the whole team to defend it today, it’s a long week. We are really happy that we kept it, we tried to go with every break there was and Emma [Rickards] managed to get in one and gained some valuable seconds. There was a point that all 6 of us were in the lead group so it shows we were strong today. The pace was really high in the wind which made it tough and even harder for the breaks to stay out there today”.

Katie Brown (Vrienden van het Platteland) found the race tough today. Brown has been suffering with a chest infection for some time and has some niggles in her previously injured knee. All of this culminated in a very frustrated end to the race. “It was a very tough day, I got :time cut" so that’s the end of the tour for me. I didn’t expect to be going fantastically and I thought I might struggle. My head probably wasn’t in the right place for this tour at the moment so I am not too disappointed. My knee was sore and the continuous up and down meant there wasn’t much I could do”.


Anna Wilson (T-Mobile -Director) was pleased with the team's performance today, although she would have been justified in a little disappointment that Wichmann's break didn't last to the finish. “We were very excited that Anke was in the breakaway for so long, when it went out to over 2 minutes 20 seconds, we though she had a chance to take the stage win and the yellow jersey. With the wind and the chasers it made it very hard to stay away. We are pleased though, we had the three riders we hoped for something on GC all finishing in the front. I think today was more about not loosing time more than gaining it although that would have been nice. As you could see the bunch split in half so some riders are out of contention now. We have the three we want in there so that’s good”.

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time

Gap / Bonus

1 Regina Schleicher Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung 3.16'42" 10"
2 Angela Brodtka Team Getränke Hoffmann 3.16'42" 6"
3 Oenone Wood T-Mobile 3.16'42" 4"
4 Rochelle Gilmore Menikini Selle Italia Gysko 3.16'42" 1"
5 Nicole Brändli Bigla Cycling Team 3.16'42"
6 Susanne Ljungskog Team Flexpoint 3.16'42"
7 Hanka Kupfernagel German National Team 3.16'42"
8 Karen Steurs AA – Drink Cycling Team 3.16'42"
9 Joanne Kiesanowski Raleigh Lifeforce Creation HB Pro Cycling Team 3.16'42" 1"
10 Lang Meng Giant Pro Cycling 3.16'42"

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time Gap
1 Emma Rickards, Raleigh Lifeforce Creation HB Pro Cycling Team 3.22'44"
2 Regina Schleicher, Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung 3.22'45" 1"
3 Joanne Kiesanowski, Raleigh Lifeforce Creation HB Pro Cycling Team 3.22'45" 1"
4 Priska Doppmann, Raleigh Lifeforce Creation HB Pro Cycling Team 3.22'46" 2"
5 Christiane Soeder, Raleigh Lifeforce Creation HB Pro Cycling Team 3.22'46" 2"
6 Karin Thürig, Raleigh Lifeforce Creation HB Pro Cycling Team 3.22'46" 2"
7 Oenone Wood, T-Mobile 3.22'48" 4"
8 Nicole Brändli, Bigla Cycling Team 3.22'49" 5"
9 Judith Arndt, T-Mobile 3.22'52" 8"


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Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

CJ1_9345 CJ1_9357 CJ1_9368 CJ1_9394 CJ1_9414
CJ1_9425 CJ1_9442 CJ1_9465 CJ1_9487 CJ1_9725
CJ2_9428 CJ2_9430 CJ2_9435 CJ2_9453 CJ2_9475
CJ2_9492 CJ2_9521 CJ2_9573 CJ2_9603 CJ2_9612

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