Giro Della Toscana 2008
Lari - Voltera, 122.1km
Mara Abbott (Team Columbia) took a massive victory on the hardest stage of the Giro Toscana 2008. Judith Arndt (Team Columbia) was also in the breakaway group and sprinted to the line to protect vital seconds in her defence of the overall classification.
"So I went for it, I was feeling confident because I'd been doing some good rides in training before the race and I knew I was in good shape. I knew the climb, too, from one previous race, so that meant I had some idea of what was in store for me even if I didn't know it brilliantly. Plus the weather was cool and cloudy, which made it nicer for racing."
"But I wasn't sure what kind of margin was by the finish so I had no idea whether I was going to win until I got across the line. It was fairly close though. I did have time to lift my arms when I won, but only one of them because the climb was so steep!"
Abbott said the whole team had done a great job working throughout on the stage, praising Emilia Fahlin for doing "so much stuff covering moves early on. But really this was one of those days where team-work made all the difference."
Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result
1. Mara Abbott (Team Columbia) 3 hr 23 min 15sec
2. Tatiana Antoshina (Fenixs) 3 sec
3. Judith Arndt (Team Columbia) same
General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC
1. Judith Arndt (Team Columbia) 6 hr 46 min 6sec
2. Nicole Brändli (Team Bigla) 27 sec
3. Edita Puckinskaite (Équipe Nürnberger) same
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