Tour de l'Aude 2008
Bram, 119 km
went head-to-head with Sara Carrigan (Lotto Belisol) on the tight, winding
finishing straight in Bram. The German managed to take the win, half a wheel
ahead of the Australian. This, her second win of the 2008 Tour de l'Aude
moved her to a new level in the race's history. She has equalled the
all-time number of stage wins, previously held alone by (retired)
compatriot, Petra Roßner. The colleagues at High Road (Roßner
Adrie Visser (DSB) was the rider who made a large impact on the stage, she broke away after about 40 kilometres had been covered. With three minutes advantage at half-stage, the Dutchwoman managed to stay away over the main climb of the day, Col de la Malepère and looked a strong contender to stay away for the win until a puncture towards the end of the descent put paid to her chances. She was caught and passed by the chasers near to Montréal.
With two team-mates in the leading group, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (High Road) was able to save her energy for the sprint. Indeed, Linda Villumsen and Judith Arndt worked hard for the German by covering any breaks which were attempted in the closing kilometres. At one point, Sharon van Essen (DSB Bank) was a little ahead of the group, but she was brought back before the race entered Bram.
The bunch sprint was contested by 37 riders, a lot of people to fit through the narrow streets in Bram. Sara Carrigan looked to have the advantage in the final 50 metres, but Teutenberg kicked and squeezed a little more out of her legs to win. Angela Brodtka (DSB Bank) was third.
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (High Road) -
"Judith [Arndt] and Linda [Villumsen] were with me in the break and theydid a great job of pulling back the moves. The attacks kept going but Judith kept on pulling them back."
"I was by myself in the finale, but that was only logical after all the work my team-mates had had to do. It was up to me to do the rest. I just positioned myself well and sat on wheels through to the finish. After everything they had done for me, the least I could do was try as hard as possible to go for the win."
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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC
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