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Stage 7- Vos dominated sprint to win second stage

Saint Hilaire - Montreal 102km

 

Race Writeup

An irresistible finish for Marianne Vos (DSB Bank0 in the Montreal d'Aude 7th stage. 
The stage was lively and fast and as the riders powered their way between St-Hilaire in Montreal d'Aude, they did so at breakneck speed. The race moved at an unbridled 40.99 km / h average.

The first attack of the day came from the double winner Susanne Ljungskog. Ljungskog tried a daring poker move early on. She attacked at the 20th km point and stayed away, resisting the chase for 19 km, only conceeding at the first pass of the Col de la Malepère.

At 64km the counter attacks started. On the second time up the Col de la Malepère, Claudia Häusler (Cervelo Test Team and Yellow jersey holder), Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nurnberger, 3rd overall ranking) and Vos attacked.  The speed of their attack split the bunch and a chase group of 17 tried to close the gap. The group of three leaders arrived at the 10 km point with an advantage of 1 minute.


On  the climb to Montreal d'Aude, Häusler attacked 1km from the finish, she had a 8 second advantage. But Vos found strength to close the gap and counter attack the yellow jersey and quickly gained a 9 second lead ahead of Häusler and 22 seconds ahead of Worrack. 

The chasing group were 2 minutes 55 seconds behind and were led by the Swede Emma Johansson (Red Sun cycling). This group included Svetlana Bubnenkova (Fennix), Nicole Cooke (Vision 1), Emilia Fahlin (Team Columbia Highroad Women), Grace Verbeke and team mate Lizzy Armitstead (Lotto-Belisol) and Tina Liebig (DSB Bank). 

As a result of the finish, there were two changes in the top 5 overall ranking: Worrack moved up to ahead of Armstrong, while Vos win moves her up to 4th. Following the stage success Vos dethroned Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Columbia Highraod Women) as leader of the points classification.

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time Gap Bonus
1 Marianne *VOS DSB BANK  2.3'1" 10"
2 Claudia HAUSLER CERVELO TEST TEAM  2.3'1" 15"
3 Trixi WORRACK EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG 2.3'23" 26"
4 Emma JOHANSSON RED SUN CYCLING TEAM 2.32'56" 02'55"
5 Svetlana BUBNENKOVA FENIXS 2.32'56" 02'55"
6 Nicole COOKE VISION 1 Racing 2.32'56" 02'55" 1"
7 Emilia *FAHLIN TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN 2.32'56" 02'55"
8 Grace VERBEKE LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM 2.32'56" 02'55"
9 Elisabeth *ARMITSTEAD LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM 2.32'56" 02'55"
10 Tina LIEBIG DSB BANK  2.32'56" 02'55"

 

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time Gap
1 Claudia HAUSLER CERVELO TEST TEAM  17.30'07"
2 Trixi WORRACK EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG 17.32'13" 02'06"
3 Kristin ARMSTRONG CERVELO TEST TEAM  17.34'16" 04'09"
4 Marianne *VOS DSB BANK  17.36'29" 06'22"
5 Regina BRUINS CERVELO TEST TEAM  17.39'44" 09'37"
6 Nicole COOKE VISION 1 Racing 17.40'33" 10'26"
7 Amber NEBEN EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG 17.40'46" 10'39"
8 Susanne LJUNGSKOG TEAM FLEXPOINT 17.41'50" 11'43"
9 Emma JOHANSSON RED SUN CYCLING TEAM 17.42'26" 12'19"
10 Tina LIEBIG DSB BANK  17.42'57" 12'50"

 

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