Tour de l'Aude 2009
Amelies Les Bains 108km
A breakaway was the story of this hilly, technical stage on a warm, sunny and windy day.
After the first climb, where there had been several Équipe Nürnberger attacks, several riders broke away. For the second day in a row, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia) made the break. This time she took others with her.
On the 18 kilometre main climb, Teutenberg was a driving force for keeping the break away, but behind her, Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) was riding against her - working at the front of the bunch to bring the break back.
A maximum gap of 1 minute 40 seconds was eroded to nothing by a couple of kilometres before the summit.
On the way down the 30 km descent to the finish, Americans Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo Test Team) and Amber Neben (Équipe Nürnberger) broke away with Grace Verbeke (Lotto Belisol). The young Belgian was dropped in the final run-in and at the end, Armstrong was too strong for Neben.
Cervelo Test Team took three jerseys - the white, stage winner jersey for Armstrong, Regina Bruins in the yellow leader's jersey and Emma Pooley kept the mountains lead. They also maintain their lead in the team competition ahead of Équipe Nürnberger and Team Columbia Highroad.
Teutenberg retained the sprint jersey, Whitelaw the points jersey and Vos the young rider jersey.
Another big climbing stage for Stage 6, from Osseja around the Pyrenees and back to Osseja.
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