Ronde van Drenthe 2009
Coervorden - Hoogeveen 141km
Marianne Vos (DSB BAnk) took a victory in Hoogeveen in the sunshine ahead of Trixi Worrack (Équipe Nürnberger) and Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling). The Dutch road Champion sprinted to win on the same finishing straight as will be used on Monday in the World Cup race, the Ronde van Drenthe.
The first major event of the day was the relatively short cobbled section through woods. The dry, dusty conditions caused the race to explode into four main groups. There was a leading group of 8 riders, including Vos and Johansson. Significantly, there were no Team Columbia Women team riders there, so they spent the next kilometres driving the front of the next group to try to catch the leaders.
As the race climbed the Col Du Vam the first time, everything was back together again. The circuit, based on the lanes around Hoogeveen and Col du Vam saw Kim Anderson (Columbia) and Tatiana Antoshina (Gaus RDZ) get away together. The pair managed a small time gap, were caught and immediately went away again. They led over the Col du Vam for the short laps which followed, but the race was back together again for the final ascent, 15 km from the finish.
Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team) was at the front for the descent, but despite attacks, nobody was able to get away from the front of the attentive group which formed.
The race into Hoogeveen and the finish line was tense and relatively technical, with some of the traditional route lost due to roadworks. The final corner came 300m from the finish. Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) was in the small group with Trixi Worrack (Équipe Nürnberger), Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling), Sarah Duester (Cervelo Test Team) and Loes Gunnewijk (Team Flexpoint). Vos had time at the finish to raise her arm in salute, whilst Worrack had the better of Johansson for second.
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