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Ronde van Drenthe 2008

 

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Race 3

Coervorden - Hoogeveen 138.5km

 

Race Writeup

The third race in the three days of racing in Drenthe was another to tackle the Col du Vam. On this cold, grey and windy day, there were 5 ascents in total. In addition there were cobbled sections included in the parcours.

As in the World Cup, teams kept the pace high over the cobbles. Team High Road and Équipe Nürnberger were at the front. Team Bigla were also trying to stay towards the front of the race, but a puncture for Monica Holler meant that she and Andrea Thürig (who handed over her wheel to her team-mate) dropped off the pace.

A break formed after the cobbles and once more, World Cup winner, Chantal Beltman and Sarah Duester (Cervélo) were in the mix. Kori Seehafer (Menikini) and Kirsten Wild (AA Drink) were there too. Also in the group were Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo) and Regina Bruins (Ned). It would be this pair which would make their move off the front within the final 10 kilometres and who would stay away to contend the sprint.

Kristin Armstrong was disappointed not to be more competitive against Judith Arndt (High Road) in their lone sprint in the Tour of Flanders last weekend. In this race, she made sure of the win, taking the rear seat along the finishing straight and then accelerating comfortably past Bruins to win by several bike lengths. There was no victory salute, however. The American sprinted until her front wheel hit the line.

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Post Race Comments

Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo) - "After the Tour of Flanders last weekend [when Armstrong came second to Arndt in the two-up sprint on the finishing straight] I knew I wanted to make sure of the sprint" said Armstrong after the finish, "I'd like to thank my team-mates for another great effort today and to my Team Manager for helping me to win."

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Nation

Time

Gap
1.   ARMSTRONG, Kristin CERVÉLO LIFEFORCE PRO CYCLING TEAM USA 3.25'32"     
2.   BRUINS, Regina ODYSIS NED 3.25'32"     
3.   WILD, Kirsten AA-DRINK CYCLING TEAM NED 3.25'58"   26"  
4.   BELTMAN, Chantal TEAM HIGH ROAD WOMEN NED 3.25'58"   26"  
5.   MARKERINK, Loes TEAM FLEXPOINT NED 3.26'00"   28"  
6.   BOSMAN, Andrea TEAM DSB BANK NED 3.26'00"   28"  
7.   DÜSTER, Sarah CERVELO LIFEFORCE PRO CYCLING TEAM GER 3.26'00"   28"  
8.   BRAS, Martine VRIENDEN VAN HET PLATTELAND NED 3.26'01"   29"  
9.   WRUBLESKI, Alex CANADA CAN 3.27'42"   2'10"  
10.   KELLEY SEEHAFER, Kori MENIKINI - SELLE ITALIA USA 3.27'42"   2'10"  

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