Route De France 2008
Lillebonne - Eu 132km
A day of hard hills and some active breakaways again characterised the Route de France. An early breakaway by three - Janildes Fernandes (Chirio Forno D'Aloso), Allesandra Borchi (Titanedi-Frezza) and Moriah Macgregor (Futuroscope) lasted until the first main climb of the day - Cote de Ste Foy. The pair had gained a lead of over 2 minutes 30 seconds at around 40 kilometres covered.
Team Columbia was kept busy defending the leader's jersey of Luise Keller. There were attacks and counter-attacks all day.
A nine rider break formed with around 55km to go. It was covered for Team Columbia by Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Kimberley Anderson. The pair found themselves in the decisive break and with 2km to go, an attack by Anderson was brought back, so Teutenberg went. The powerful German made light work of the tough finishing straight which climbed for the final 500m. She finished alone to take her third stage of the tour. Anderson was faster than (most aggressive rider of the stage) Beatrice Thomas (ESGL93-GSD) and took second.
The mountains competition was retained by Veronica Balderas (Gauss RDZ), whilst the young rider competition moved across to Eleonora Patuzzo (Titanedi-Frezza).
Luise Keller finished safely at the front of the main bunch and stays in the overall lead with two stages remaining.
1. Teutenberg (Team Columbia)
2. Anderson (Team Columbia) 12"
3 Thomas (ESGL93_GSD) 14"
1 Keller (Team Columbia)
2 Kirche (Michela Fanini) 51"
3 Pitel (Pro Team Feminin Lez Carroz) 1'04"
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