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Ronde van Drenthe 2009

 

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WCN quicklink >>  Race 1  - Drenste 8 Dwingeloo    Race 2 - Novillon Eurocup    Race 3  - Ronde van Drenthe - World Cup, round 3

                              

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Race 1

Drenste 8 Dwingeloo, 141 km

 

Race Writeup

Despite some valiant attempts to break the race up by escaping, the Drentse 8 Dwingeloo came down to a bunch sprint. It was a warm, sunny day in the region and the lighter than normal winds also meant that the weather was kinder than in the past at this event. 

A longer parcours (127,3km in 2008) and the good racing conditions kept the bunch together. A narrow, cobbled section which was covered several times during the race caused more problems and required more tactics from the riders than the 'berg', which was barely an uphill slope. 

Sarah Duester (Cervelo Test Team) tested her legs a couple of times on the cobbles and was prominent at the front of the race through this section on more than one occasion. She attacked on the final time through too, but was caught by an attentive bunch.

The sprinters were 'on alert' with the cobbles just 2km before the finish and positioning therefore vital. Regina Schleicher (Équipe Nürnberger) started the finale, but was caught and passed by in-form Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia Women). Schleicher and Kirsten Wild (Cervelo Test Team) battled for second and third, with the German taking it over the Dutchwoman. 

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Comments

"If you told me a few weeks ago that I'd win 10 races by mid April I would have laughed at you," Ina- Yoko Teutenberg joked. "But I had a really good off season and it's nice to start the season like this.  

"Today we had a cobbled section 2km from the finish line which made positioning at the end vital,” she explained. "Normally the cobbles come with ten kilometres to go. The conditions were also very different in that it was hot for Holland and not windy enough to really split things up.

 “When we hit the cobbles there was a good attack from Sarah Duster,” said Teutenberg. “Nuernberg had to work pretty hard to close the gap and then they went on to do the lead out for Regina [Schleicher]. She started to sprint at 200m to go and I squeezed through a gap to come around her with about 50 meters to go.

"I'm quite happy this race is over to be honest, said Teutenberg. "I was really tired today and the race was fast so I suffered a lot. But I'm happy with the result and now I will try to rest up for  the World Cup on Monday.

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Results - Top 10 - Click here for full result

Position Name Team Time Gap
1.   TEUTENBERG, Ina TEAM COLUMBIA HIGH ROAD WOMEN 3.32'54"     
2.   SCHLEICHER, Regina ÉQUIPE NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG 3.32'54"     
3.   WILD, Kirsten CERVELO TEST TEAM 3.32'54"     
4.   GILMORE, Rochelle LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM 3.32'54"     
5.   BACCAILLE, Monia TEAM ITALY 3.32'54"     
6.   BELVEDERESI, Tania GAUSS RDZ ORMU - COLNAGO 3.32'54"     
7.   MARTISOVA, Julia GAUSS RDZ ORMU - COLNAGO 3.32'54"     
8.   BRAS, Martine SELLE ITALIA GHEZZI 3.32'54"     
9.   GUNNEWIJK, Loes TEAM FLEXPOINT 3.32'54"     
10.   WORRACK, Trixi EQUIPE NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG 3.32'58"   4"  

 

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