GP de Dottignies 2009
Duester takes solo win
Dottignies, Belgium, 102km, UCI 1.2
Many of the competitors from the Tour of Flanders World Cup race travelled the short distance to Dottignies on Monday. The race took place on a cold, but dry, day on relatively flat roads. A 50km loop around the area was followed by 5 laps of an 11km circuit. On the circuit, the race had to contend with narrow lanes, shouldered by deep ditches.
Claudia Hausler (Cervelo Test Team) lit the race up with an early break which quickly gained momentum. She had an advantage of around 1 minute 40 seconds for much of the time the race was on the large circuit, through the climbs. As the race came back onto the smaller circuit, with its narrow lanes and flatter roads, the race came back together.
A group of three escaped and didn't look back. Sarah Duester (Cervelo Test Team), Trixi Worrack (Équipe Nürnberger) and Chantal Blaak (Team Leontien) worked together until the final lap. Then, in the closing 6km or 7km , Duester broke away on her own. By the time she reached the finishing line, she was almost 40 seconds clear of Worrack and Blaak when she crossed the line, taking time to enjoy this, her second victory of 2009.
Trixi Worrack, who drove hard in the break, had to be content with second place, easily outsprinting Blaak.
Kirsten Wild (Cervelo Test Team) won the bunch sprint from Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto Belisol) and Martine Braas (Selle Italia Ghezzo).
1. Sarah Duester, Cervelo Test Team
2. Trixi Worrack, Équipe Nürnberger
3. Chantaal Blaak, Team Leontien.nl
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