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Stage 1

Rieux Minervois, 115km

 

Race Writeup

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg re-wrote the record books on Stage 1. She won the stage in a bunch sprint and took the record for the most stage wins. With 16 victories to her name since 1997, she used her experience and knowledge of the race to ease her efforts. She was also grateful to her team, which took the front with 40 km to go. 

They were working hard to bring back a solo break by Vikki Whitelaw (Vision 1 Racing).. Despite having a gap of 4 minutes at one point, the Australian was reeled in with just 4 kilometres to go. A consolation, perhaps, is that she takes over the lead in the mountains competition.

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Post Race Comments

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg : It was a real team effort today,  in the last 40 kilometres all the riders had to work very hard to pull back a break, Teutenberg said afterwards. It was a flat stage, but only in comparison to the rest of the stages of the Tour de LAude -  this whole race is always hilly.  

It worked out perfectly. We caught the break with four kilometres to go and then Chantal Beltman led me up to 500 metres to the finish, I followed wheels and took off from there. I knew the finish from other years, this is a stage they have had lots of times in the Tour de LAude, so that was an advantage, too.

 We made a decision before the stage, and result was that half the squad essentially did a team time trial today chasing down the breakaway. But weve held the jersey for two days and taken two stages. From now on we could go for more stage victories. Im sure Luise [Keller] and Linda [Villumsen] will do as well as they can overall, but basically from here on, whatever happens weve got nothing to lose.

Manel Lacambra (DS, Cervelo Test Team) : It was today a easy day for us, because we expected that the race would end in a bunch sprint" said Sport Director Manel Lacambra. "And because our sprinter Kirsten Wild isn't here and our main goal is the GC, we tried to stay safe and healthy for the Team Time Trial tomorrow. The stage was 116 KM with start and finish in Rieux Minervois and it was pretty hot, around 25 degrees. During the race there was a long break from Vicky Whitelaw ( Vision Racing) and the biggest time gap was almost 4 minutes. Whitelaw stayed long ahead and some teams were a little bit nervous but Columbia chased her back in the last kilometre.

"Tomorrow the Team Time Trial is over 27 KM with start and finish in Port de Nouvelle. There are a lot of teams who can win tomorrow".

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time Bonus
1 Ina TEUTENBERG TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN 03h06'34" 10"
2 Martine BRAS SELLE ITALIA GUEZZI 03h06'34" 6"
3 Marianne *VOS DSB BANK  03h06'34" 8"
4 Svetlana BUBNENKOVA FENIXS 03h06'34"
5 Julia MARTISOVA GAUSS RDZ ORMU-COLNAGO 03h06'34"
6 Oxana *KOZONCHUK SELLE ITALIA GUEZZI 03h06'34"
7 Ludivine HENRION RED SUN CYCLING TEAM 03h06'34"
8 Trixi WORRACK EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG 03h06'34"
9 Catherine HARE-WILLIANSON FENIXS 03h06'34"
10 Regina BRUINS CERVELO TEST TEAM  03h06'34"

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time Gap Bonus
1 Ina TEUTENBERG TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN 03h11'19"
2 Marianne *VOS DSB BANK  03h11'22" 03" 03"
3 Linda VILLUMSEN TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN 03h11'26" 07"
4 Regina BRUINS CERVELO TEST TEAM  03h11'26" 07"
5 Nomie CANTELE BIGLA CYCLING TEAM 03h11'27" 08"
6 Kristin ARMSTRONG CERVELO TEST TEAM  03h11'29" 10"
7 Amber NEBEN EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG 03h11'29" 10"
8 Mirjam MELCHERS VAN POPPEL TEAM FLEXPOINT 03h11'33" 14"
9 Emma JOHANSSON RED SUN CYCLING TEAM 03h11'33" 14"
10 Trine *SCHMIDT TEAM FLEXPOINT 03h11'34" 15" 15"

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