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Stage 2

Port-La-Nouvelle, 27km, Team Time Trial 

 

Race Writeup

There was a strong wind for all the teams to contend with on this warm, sunny day at the coast in Aude. Feedback from riders after their warm-up lap indicated that it was either head-on or tailwind, meaning that there was little in the way of crosswinds for the teams to deal with.

The race leader, Susanne Ljungskog was off early in the field, Menikini Selle Italia were sixth team to start. She finished with only two other team-mates, Miho Oki and Natalie Bates. With the first three to count towards the team time, her other team-mates were able to do their jobs early on, then come into the finish with a little more comfort, perhaps saving a little energy for future stages in this long tour.

Whilst several teams finished en-masse with 5 riders, the winning team was the Netherlands, which split into two groups of three before the finish. The fastest three coming in to the finish 6 seconds faster than any rival. Second place, on the other hand, was taken by High Road, who were led to the finish by Ina-Yoko Teutenberg as a group of five. 

High Road, as T-Mobile last year won the TTT stage, although with drama. On two occasions riders accidentally went off course. 2008 was a lot smoother for the team without any such incidents and although the ride was sufficient to put Judith Arndt into the race leader's yellow jersey, they would surely have been aiming for the stage victory too.

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Post Race Comments

"It was so close a call and the differences were so minimal we can't regret not winning too much." High Road sports director Ronny Lauke said afterwards. "We did everything we could, it was just a case of the Netherlands team being that little bit stronger on the day. Plus we got the lead, which is hugely important and a great consolation prize."

"The first three kilometres of the course were crucial, because there were a lot of roundabouts and other road furniture to get past. Once we'd done that technical part, the course wasn't so difficult and the riders could really give it everything."

"Everybody played their part. Judith and Linda Villumsen kept the pace high on the one key climb mid-way through, and then the other riders covered the flatter sections before and afterwards. In the last part there was a strong tailwind which meant we really flew all the way back to the finish."

"Fortunately this time it wasn't so complicated, we didn't have any technical problems or punctures. Even though it was really windy, it was no different for any of the rival teams even if they had started earlier than us. Apart from the first few kilometres, it was a real course for specialists, one in which the top team time triallists could produce a lot of power."

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Results - organised by team (slower riders appear in team position)

Name Team Time Gap Individual time for GC
*VAN DIJK Ellen NED 35'44" 35'44"
*BRUINS Regina NED 35'44" 35'44"
MELCHERG Mirjam NED 35'44" 35'44"
GUNNEWIJK Loes NED 35'47" 00'03" 35'47"
*VAN PAASSEN Sanne NED 37'32" 01'48" 37'32"
BRAS Martine NED 37'32" 01'48" 37'32"
*VILLUMSEN Linda TMP 35'50" 00'06" 35'50"
TEUTENBERG Ina TMP 35'50" 00'06" 35'50"
ARNDT Judith TMP 35'50" 00'06" 35'50"
KELLER Luise TMP 35'50" 00'06" 35'50"
*RHODES Alexis TMP 35'50" 00'06" 35'50"
WICHMANN Anke TMP 40'09" 04'25" 40'09"
BECKER Charlotte NUR 35'52" 00'08" 35'52"
WORRACK Trixi NUR 35'52" 00'08" 35'52"
*HAUSLER Claudia NUR 35'52" 00'08" 35'52"
LUTZ Eva NUR 36'58" 01'14" 36'58"
DE GOEDE Suzanne NUR 40'52" 05'08" 40'52"
PUCINSKAITE Edita NUR 35'52" 00'08" 35'52"
NEBEN Amber USA 36'45" 00'40" 36'24"
POWERS Alison USA 36'45" 00'40" 36'24"
RAIS Amber USA 36'45" 00'40" 36'24"
CARROLL Katherine USA 37'01" 01'17" 37'01"
MILLER Brooke USA 38'14" 02'30" 38'14"
RUITTER Christina USA 38'14" 02'30" 38'14"
COOKE Nicole GRB 37'05" 00'50" 36'34"
POOLEY Emma GRB 37'05" 00'50" 36'34"
*ALLEN Jessica GRB 37'05" 00'50" 36'34"
LAWS Sharon GRB 38'00" 02'16" 38'00"
HARE Catherine GRB 42'25" 06'41" 42'25"
COX Leda GRB 42'25" 06'41" 42'25"
THORBURN Christine WEB 37'20" 01'00" 36'44"
*WRUBLESKI Alexandra WEB 37'20" 01'00" 36'44"
WILLOCK Erinne WEB 37'20" 01'00" 36'44"
*MUCH Rebecca WEB 42'54" 07'10" 42'54"
GRAIN Gina WEB 42'54" 07'10" 42'54"
*DOMBROSKI Amy WEB 42'54" 07'10" 42'54"
LJUNGSKOG Susanne MSI 37'25" 01'05" 36'49"
OKI Miho MSI 37'25" 01'05" 36'49"
BATES Nathalie MSI 37'25" 01'05" 36'49"
VALSECCHI Silvia MSI 39'39" 03'55" 39'39"
SLYVISAREVA Olga MSI 39'39" 03'55" 39'39"
CORNEO Sigrid MSI 42'51" 07'07" 42'51"
ZABIROVA Zulfia BCT 37'26" 01'10" 36'54"
CANTELE Noemie BCT 37'26" 01'10" 36'54"
GRAUS Andrea BCT 37'26" 01'10" 36'54"
*HOLLER Monica BCT 37'26" 01'10" 36'54"
*HOHL Jennifer BCT 39'08" 03'24" 39'08"
ANDREASSON Veronica BCT 39'47" 04'03" 39'47"
BRODTKA Angela DSB 37'32" 01'15" 36'59"
BOSMAN Andrea DSB 37'32" 01'15" 36'59"
LIEBIG Tina DSB 37'32" 01'15" 36'59"
VISSER Adrie DSB 37'32" 01'15" 36'59"
VAN ESSEN Sharon DSB 37'33" 01'49" 37'33"
VAN WANROIJ Marieke DSB 38'01" 02'17" 38'01"
LE FLOCH Magali FRA 37'35" 01'20" 37'04"
SALVETAT Maryline FRA 37'35" 01'20" 37'04"
THOMAS Béatrice FRA 37'35" 01'20" 37'04"
FERRER-BRUNEAU Christelle FRA 37'35" 01'20" 37'04"
*GIRARDET Florence FRA 40'38" 04'54" 40'38"
*BLANQUEFORT Emilie FRA 40'38" 04'54" 40'38"
KOEDOODER Vera LBL 37'38" 01'25" 37'09"
GOOR Sophie LBL 37'38" 01'25" 37'09"
DELFOSSE Catherine LBL 37'38" 01'25" 37'09"
*DECROIX Lieselot LBL 37'38" 01'25" 37'09"
CARRIGAN Sara LBL 37'38" 01'25" 37'09"
*MACKIE Emma LBL 40'49" 05'05" 40'49"
JOHANSSON Emma AAD 37'42" 01'30" 37'14"
VAN DEN BROEK Irene AAD 37'42" 01'30" 37'14"
WERNER Laure AAD 37'42" 01'30" 37'14"
*BRULEE Latoya AAD 37'42" 01'30" 37'14"
BRZEZNA Paulina AAD 38'17" 02'33" 38'17"
*BINNENDIJK Marlijn AAD 41'22" 05'38" 41'22"
WHITELAW Vicki AUS 37'48" 01'35" 37'19"
MACTIER Katie AUS 37'48" 01'35" 37'19"
EGYED Nikki AUS 37'48" 01'35" 37'19"
GRAHAM Lorain AUS 37'48" 01'35" 37'19"
*SPRATT Amanda AUS 37'48" 01'35" 37'19"
*RYAN Carla AUS 37'48" 01'35" 37'19"
MARTISOVA Julia GAU 38'08" 01'40" 37'24"
BELVEDERESI Tania GAU 38'08" 01'40" 37'24"
*GUDERZO Tatiana GAU 38'08" 01'40" 37'24"
TOUFFET Elodie GAU 38'16" 02'32" 38'16"
CORAZZA Martina GAU 40'53" 05'09" 40'53"
*SUELOTTO Eleonora GAU 45'38" 09'54" 45'38"
ZILIUTE Diana LTU 38'37" 01'45" 37'29"
POLIKEVICIUTE Rasa LTU 38'37" 01'45" 37'29"
VILUNAITE Erika LTU 38'37" 01'45" 37'29"
*BAGDONAVICIUTE Agne LTU 38'50" 03'06" 38'50"
POLIKEVICIUTE Jolanta LTU 38'50" 03'06" 38'50"
*JUODVALKYTE Urte LTU 38'50" 03'06" 38'50"
ANTOSHINA Tatiana FEN 38'50" 01'50" 37'34"
BOYARSKAYA Natalia FEN 38'50" 01'50" 37'34"
VLASOVA Nadezda FEN 38'50" 01'50" 37'34"
*KNOPFLE Bianca GER 39'28" 01'55" 37'39"
GEBHARDT Elke GER 39'28" 01'55" 37'39"
*KASPER Romy GER 39'28" 01'55" 37'39"
*THUMM Corinna GER 39'28" 01'55" 37'39"
*HENNIG Virginia GER 39'39" 03'55" 39'39"
*JOHREND Marlen GER 39'40" 03'56" 39'40"
BRADSHAW Toni GRT 40'24" 02'00" 37'44"
DUVNJAK Marina GRT 40'24" 02'00" 37'44"
VAN DEN BERG Debby GRT 40'24" 02'00" 37'44"
DAVIES-JONES Emma GRT 40'24" 02'00" 37'44"
WYMAN Helen GRT 40'24" 02'00" 37'44"
*DAY Grabriella GRT 40'24" 02'00" 37'44"

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time Gap
1 ARNDT Judith TMP 03h56'00"
2 WORRACK Trixi NUR 03h56'12" 12"
3 COOKE Nicole GRB 03h56'40" 40"
4 LJUNGSKOG Susanne MSI 03h56'53" 53"
5 *HAUSLER Claudia NUR 03h56'56" 56"
6 KELLER Luise TMP 03h56'57" 57"
7 NEBEN Amber USA 03h57'16" 01'16"
8 THORBURN Christine WEB 03h57'40" 01'40"
9 LAWS Sharon GRB 03h58'21" 02'21"
10 *RYAN Carla AUS 03h58'34" 02'34"

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Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

WC1_9846 WC1_9850 WC1_9857 WC1_9865 WC1_9870
WC1_9878 WC1_9882 WC1_9886 WC2_8331 WC2_8341
WC2_8361 WC2_8373 WC2_8380 WC2_8383 WC2_8393
WC2_8404 WC2_8412 WC2_8423 WC2_8426 WC2_8433
WC2_8437 WC2_8449 WC2_8461 WC2_8464 WC2_8471
WC2_8486 WC2_8509 WC2_8516 WC2_8538 WC2_8576
WC2_8604 WC2_8647 WC2_8650 WC2_8656 WC2_8666
WC2_8681 WC2_8687  WC2_8696  

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