Thüringen Rundfahrt, 2008
group of 7 riders attacked in the final 20 km of the race which managed to
survive until within the last km of the race. The group, which included
Noemi Cantele (Bigla), Trixi Worrack (Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung),
Hanka Kupfernagel (German National Team), Carla Ryan (Cervelo Lifeforce),
Kim Anderson (Team Columbia Women), Diana Zilute (Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatten)
caused a late catch by the peloton in the final 300m of the race, that ended
a bunch sprint won by Angel Hennig (DSB) ahead of Regina Schleicher (Équipe
Nürnberger Versicherung) and Cantele.
race was active right from the first of the mountain points with attack
after attack going off the front of the bunch. The German National team’s
Kupfernagel was very active along with Webcor Builders, Team Canada, Équipe
Nürnberger Versicherung and Team Columbia. All attempted to break away with
Team Columbia the only team to successfully generate a lone break. Anderson
managed to hold the peloton off for some time before a shared effort brought
her back. Team Columbia and in particular Kim Anderson were awarded the most
aggressive award for the teams efforts during the stage.
Worrack completed the stage in the lead in the Mountain jersey competition, despite Hennig winning the first two climbs, Worrack was first over the GPM climb to gain valuable points. Cantele and team mate Monica Holler battled out the sprint points but the sprinters jersey was won by Cantele in the end. Marina Romoli (Menikini) in the young rider’s jersey for her 14th place in the bunch sprint.
Hennig (DSB) was very happy with her
victory. She talked thought the final stages of the race. “It
was a very tough race today. We had been trying to get away all race, but
there were so many attacks from the teams of Columbia, Bigla, Gauss and Nürnberger
but the race stayed together until a group attacked. At 3km we tried to
close the gap and we caught them in the last 300m”.
Schleicher (Equipe Nürnberger
Versicherung) was very unhappy at the finish having been edged out of first
place during the sprint.
“It has been a tough day, the race was very hard. I had a good position in
the sprint but Angela [Hennig] got the line” said Schleicher.
(Bigla) was disappointed with her third place today. “I
thought the break would stay away and that I would have a good chance for
the win. When we were caught the peloton came by so fast I did not have the
legs to react” said Cantele.
Vos (DSB) was very happy with her team's performance in the first
stage of the Thüringen Rundfahrt. She commented on Hennig’s victory. “Angela
[Hennig] has been sprinting well coming into this race so this was a good
result today. She also showed that she is a good climber too.” Vos
was asked about the importance of this race so close to the Olympic Games
and if she was going to be taking it easy this week. She added “This
is good preparation for the Olympics; it would be too long between good
stage races if I missed this.”
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