Road World Cup 2008
This race was part of the Ronde van Drenthe 2008 links to coverage below
Ronde van Drenthe, 135.6km
Chantal Beltman took a huge victory in Hoogeveen. The Dutchwoman's birthplace is only 8km away and her family and friends were in the grandstand to see the heroic breakaway succeed.
Team High Road sent first Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, then Judith Arndt up the road in the cobbled sections in the first one-third of the race. Each was marked by Cervelos Sarah Duester and it was not until Chantal Beltman went, Duester and Elodie Touffet (GDZ Gauss) were able to go with her and stay away.
The three worked together and stayed out in front for the rest of the day. The bunch, meanwhile, was suffering in the cross winds and it splintered. The three breakaways gained an advantage of over 3 minutes, before being reigned back to a minute in the closing 30km.
Although chasing hard, the bunch was unable to gain much. A group of four favoured contenders: Marianne Vos (DSB Bank), Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (High Road), Kirsten Wild (AA Drink) and World Cup Leader, Suzanne De Goede (Nürnberger), managed to get within 20 seconds before they were caught by the bunch. With 10 km to go, High Road and Cervélo sent their riders to front of the bunch. On the narrow roads leading into the finish in Hoogeveen, they were able to slow the bunch. One rider managed to outfox them - Amber Neben (Flexpoint) jumped clear and could not quite manage to bridge the gap.
So, with 5km to go, the three leaders had a 17 seconds advantage. It was here that Chantal Beltman made a brave move. She went clear and kept going. Her progress into the wider streets of Hoogeveen was painful to watch, for the effort she was making. Her 20 seconds gap was being steadily reduced by the bunch. But, the Dutchwoman held on and took the victory - the second in a row in both Drenthe (Teutenberg, Dwingeloo, click here for coverage) and Flanders (Arndt, World Cup round 3, click here for coverage)
Beltman made it to the line with 5 seconds to spare over the bunch, which had now come together and there was a sprint for second. Vos and Teutenberg were at the front, with De Goede fighting to finish high in the order to protect her World Cup lead.
Teutenberg, perhaps beaten, sat up and gave a victory salute for her team-mate. Vos, unaware of the German's actions carried on sprinting and made sure of second. De Goede was fourth.
The World Cup stays with De Goede (128 points), 46 points ahead of Judith Arndt (82 points) and now Chantal Beltman (81 points).
the winner, Chantal Beltman,
this victory was particularly sweet. Her home town is just 8km from
Hoogeveen and her parents and sister, Ghita were in the grandstand with
other family and friends to watch the victory. “Its another nice
victory for the team, I think”, she said, referring to Arndt’s
victory in round 3 in Flanders, “I could just go because I knew
they were so close and all [her team-mates] were still
there. I could go, I had nothing to lose and I knew Ina would be ready for
the sprint if they caught me.” About winning on home ground, she
said “Its so cool, so many people, so many fans along the road. It
gives extra motivation.”
Directeur Sportif, Ronny Lauke, explained the team’s tactics “It was part of the plan that we’d create an early breakaway on the cobblestone section and that we’d try not be at a disadvantage in the race, we didn’t want to chase other people today, he continued, “Chantal was the one we wanted to take it to the front. It is very important for her to win to help towards selection for the Olympics.” About back-to-back victories, Lauke was naturally pleased “To win a World Cup is always something special. We’re having such a nice run at the moment, everything is working out quite well and its nice. Two in a row is special. Vlaanderen and then Drenthe are both big, specialist races. Drenthe is kind of Paris Roubaix for the women and to win that one after Vlaanderen is just awesome.”
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