Giro Della Toscana 2008
Viareggio - Viareggio 5,45km Team Time Trial
Team Columbia beat their nearest competition, the Dutch National team by 4.28 seconds in the short team time trial in Viareggio. They charged around the 2 lap circuit in 6 minutes 32.88 seconds, 49.93km/h. Équipe Nürnberger were third, 8.88 seconds down on Columbia.
Linda Villumsen was the first rider in 2008 to pull on the Michela Fanini memorial jersey. She was the first Team Columbia rider across the finishing line.
Post Race Comments (Courtesy Team Columbia media release)
"Linda [Villumsen] was the first rider across the line and so will start Wednesday's stage with the leader's jersey, Ina [Teutenberg] will start with the sprints jersey, Emilia [Fahlin] has the U-23 leader's jersey and Chantal [Beltman] has the jersey for the Best Foreign Rider." commented team sports manager Petra Rossner.
"We're going to try and get in as many breaks as possible on Wednesday stage because with so many different jerseys I don't think the peloton are going to recognise half the team and they could get away!" she joked.
On a very short TTT circuit of just 5.4 kilometres and with a squad of eight riders, Rossner recognised it had required top-level organisation to ensure Columbia used all their strength.
"We had five riders that are the best at this kind of effort do most of the work, and three riders were sitting on."
"We only lost one rider on the circuit, Mara Abbott - time trialling like this is just not her kind of thing. But to be able to finish with so many riders, seven of the eight, and to win on top of that is a sign we worked it all out well."
"Other than that, there was no real strategy possible on such a short course, it was just a question of going all out from the gun."
Villumsen was the first rider across the line and so wears the leader's jersey, but Rossner said it was not pre-planned at all. "We didn't work out beforehand that she should be first, instead we wanted everybody to have their chance. Everybody put in a 100 percent effort and nobody is above the rest in this team."
Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result
1 Team Columbia
2 Dutch National Team
3 Équipe Nürnberger
General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC
1 Linda Villumsen (Team Columbia)
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