Ronde van Gelderland
Teutenberg takes sprint and 11th win of 2009
Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 135.9km, UCI 1.2
In a bunch sprint, Team Columbia's Ina-Yoko Tuetenberg took her eleventh victory of the season so far in Apeldoorn.
The race HQ was based in the stadium for the 2011 World Track Championships, Omnisport stadium, which has a wooden 250m velodrome one side of the stairway and an indoor volleyball facility the other. The day was warm, but windy and the course included some narrow lanes in the early kilometres. The race climbs were on roads within a National Park, before returning to Apeldoorn to a town centre finish, 500m after a tight left-hand turn and on a modern cobbled road section.
The neutralised section was the exit from Apeldoorn and took a long time due to a number of mechanical problems for riders in a number of teams. As the race began 'proper', the roads narrowed and the 200-strong peloton had to contend with a crosswind too.
A small group of riders escaped when the race turned onto the section between Epe and Olst.The group contained: Loes Gunnewijk, Mirjam Melchers and Iris Slappendal (Team Flexpoint), Chantal Beltman, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Ellen van Dijk (Team Columbia), Sarah Duester and Kirsten Wild (Cervelo Test Team), Suzanne De Goede (Netherlands), Adrie Visser (DSB Bank), Chantal Blaak, Andrea Bosman and Monique van de Ree (Team Leontien).
A crash towards the back of the peloton had serious repercussions for two riders. Both in their first race back after injuries, Australian road and time trial champion, Carla Ryan (Cervelo Test Team) and Judith Arndt (Team Columbia) were injured once again and will sit out at least the next couple of weeks of competition. Ryan was hospitalised overnight with a suspected broken jaw, whilst Arndt broke a bone in her wrist.
Onto the wider roads, the bunch slipped further back. The group at the front of the race were working together, no surprise given that the main teams had riders within the break. They raced together through to the climbs in the Veluwe National Park. A small break did not last long, so the group left the National Park together with the bunch a minute behind.
Then, Adrie Visser (DSB) and Sarah Duester (Cervelo Test Team) broke away, they built up a reasonable gap, maximum 30 seconds. Visser was obviously under orders not to work, with the bunch, containing team-mate, Marianne Vos coming back up to the break and despite Duester's encouragement, with 9km remaining, the race was back together again.
The bunch sprint in Apeldoorn was fast, but technical, with a sharp left turn 500m out, cobbles and road-calming humps along the finishing straight. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia) was clearly the fastest, the sprint for second was close, taken by Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto Belisol) ahead of consistent podium placer, Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling). Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) was fourth and Kirsten Wild (Cervelo Test Team) fifth.
A crash in the closing metres brought down several riders in the bunch. However, all were able to cross the line, despite a couple having to walk their damaged bikes across to finish.
“It was kind of an adventurous race today. It was
tough all day in the wind but with two strong Dutchies in the team, we were
okay with that.”
“We thought the break was really good, but the attacks in the break started too early which stopped the momentum. In the end things weren’t looking good anymore so we decided to bring it back. The team worked really hard to get it back and then put me on the right wheels for the sprint, so it worked out really well for us."
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