Thüringen Rundfahrt, 2008
attacks started right from the first climb with at Kleinsaara. The
Canadian and Safi-pasta Zara Manhatten teams were active at the front of
the climb. First to up the climb was Felicia Gomez (Canada) and Elena
Berlato (Safi) attempted to get away but only managed a 50m gap. The group
three escapees were brought back however by the strength of the leading in
the mountain competition Trixi Worrack (Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung).
peloton were together until Hartmannsdorf when an attack from created a
split in the bunch and a group of 4 riders initially broke away. Stephanie
Pohl (German National Team), Karin Aune (Swedish National Team), Christine
Thornburn (Webcor) and Suzanne De Goede (Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung)
managed a 21 second gap before they were joined 3km later by six of the
key riders in contention for the win. The additional riders were Judith
Arndt (Team Columbia Women), Noemi Cantele (Bigla), Claudia Hausler (Équipe
Nürnberger Versicherung), Carla Ryan (Cervelo Lifeforce), Hanka
Kupfernagel (German National Team) and Luise Keller (Team Columbia Women).
This group managed to stay away for 20km before Équipe Nürnberger
Versicherung moved to the front to bring them back at the 73km completed
attack created a small break. This was created this time by Karin Thürig
(Cervelo) but was covered by Cantele, Kupfernagel, Grete Treier (Gauss),
Berlato and Kori Seehafer (Menikini Selle Italia). The peloton came back
together and Thürig attacked again. Cantele covered the attack and
Doppmann was on her wheel. With only 22km left of the race Doppmann took
the opportunity to counter attack and quickly managed to gain a 21 second
advantage over the chasers.
Nürnberger Versicherung moved to the front to for the chase with
Kupfernagel but Charlotte Becker, Worrack and Kupfernagel all punctured at
the 10km to go point as they turned into the cobbled area and the approach
to the Liane Bahler memorial sprint, stalling their chase.
Kupfernagel was given a back wheel by her team mate and the others managed
to get back into the chase by the end of the start/finish area.
held off the chase right to the line with a 17 second advantage as she
crossed the finish line. With the time bonus and time earned during the
race she had enough time to put her into the leader jersey. The chasing
bunch was led home by Angela Hennig (DSB) ahead of Anita Valen –de Vries
(Team Flexpoint) and Emma Johansson (Swedish National Team).
Worrack completed the stage still in the lead in the Mountain jersey competition, De Goede took over the sprinters jersey after her attacks while in the break away group and Marina Romoli (Menikini) maintained the young rider’s jersey ahead of compatriot Giada Borgato.
Doppmann (Cervelo Lifeforce) was very
happy with her victory today. She rode herself into yellow and was awarded
most active rider award and won the final sprint in memory of Liane Bahler
who died in 2007. “I
am very happy I feel like Simon Gerrans at the Tour de France [In reference to his recent win in the tour and the
fact that he is often her training partner on rides when the Cervelo team
train in Melbourne Australia over the winter]. “I felt ok when I
attacked, our tactic today had been to attack and counter attack and it
would have been a pity if I had not used Karin’s’ [Thürig] second
attack to my advantage. Nicole Brändli (Bigla) had closed the gap and I
was on her wheel so I just went as soon as she caught Karin. I thought
even if I don’t make it to the finish I will have given it a try. I have
good team mates that have counter attacked again so I knew that we had a
Hennig (DSB) was pleased to have
finished second today after a very hard day in the saddle. “A
group of 10 riders managed to get a 10 minute gap today so I thought my
time in yellow was done” said Hennig. “We
could not close the gap so Nürnberger went to the front and it took 20km
to bring it back so we were very lucky that the race started again for us
and we were able to sprint for second” she
De Goede (Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung)
was pleased to be holding the Sprint jersey.
“I found it hard after we had attacked to form the break but I kept
attacking at the sprint points so that was good. I wanted to make sure
that riders like Judith [Arndt]
and Hanka [Kupfernagel] did not
get valuable seconds for GC.”
Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung) secured the Mountain jersey for another day by just one point. She was asked how difficult was it to secure the jersey when the attack held for so long. “Initially it was good for us as we had riders in the break but when they got dropped we had to work hard to pull it back to protect the jersey then. It was going well until Charlotte and me punctured with 10km to go. It was really had to get back on as the pace in the last 10km is always so fast and then you add the hill and it was really tough.” Worrack is part of the German team for the Olympics and she was asked whether she would want to hold the jersey to the end and if that attempt would hurt her preparation for the games. Worrack added “I am not sure I want to have the jersey to the end. It is hard to keep sprinting for the mountain points every day, while this race is great preparation it is a really hard tour so you have to be careful especially when it is wet like yesterday. I know I have two weeks to rest but I don’t want to affect my chances.”
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