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Redlands Cycling Classic 2009
Stage 2- Teutenberg wins
Teutenberg took out the field sprint to win stage 2 of Redlands Classic.The
win earned her time bonus seconds moving her closer to the overall tour
winds actually aided Amber Neben in her defense of a 27-second advantage
over Mara Abbott and Ina Teutenberg (both Columbia-Highroad). While
several women tried to open up gaps on during the three-lap course, the
stiff gusts helped the peloton swallow breakaways up and split weaker
riders out the back by the handful. With an average speed of 26 miles per
hour during the 24-lap race, there were no successful attacks, but enough
pressure in the peloton to blow about 15 riders off the back of the field
about 32 minutes into the race. Columbia-Highroad and Tibco tried
Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia Highroad) was very pleased with her win, “I didn’t go for points today,” said Teutenberg. “I wasn’t allowed to attack because I need to save my energy for tomorrow. It is very hard to pass people here. If you come around the corner second wheel, you will end second wheel.”
Amber Neben (Nurnberger Sho Air) said after the stage, "I have two girls close to me but four girls who can win the overall,” Neben said. “I have a feeling we’re going to have to make a lot of decisions on the road tomorrow. I knew today was a dangerous day. A group could roll up the day and you could easily lose two minutes.“The wind made things a lot harder but it just made the group smaller by the end. A lot of teams used the crosswinds to try and make the peloton explode, which it did," added Neben
decrease in her lead did not take Neben by surprise. “I knew after
yesterday, I probably would have the yellow jersey by one second after
today,” she said with a laugh while waiting for the podium
presentation. “Ina’s probably the best sprinter in the world, or
one of the best. I knew what to expect today,” said Neben.
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