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Tour de l'Aude 2009

 

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Preview 2009 Tour de l'Aude

Preview

The first of the 'big tours' of the 2009 season, gets under way on Friday in southeast France. The Tour de l'Aude is a tough stage race and tests the mental stamina of the teams, their ability to work together and the mid-season fitness of the riders. 

Team Flexpoint have a strong team and will be looking to defend the 2008 title of Susanne Ljunskog (then riding for Menikini) and she will be looking to win the event for a third time in a row. A notable challenger who is missing is Judith Arndt (Team Columbia Highroad Women). Arndt is still recovering from a broken wrist sustained in her first race back after breaking her collar bone before the season started. Team Columbia do have a strong team and their formidable sprinter, Ina Yoko Teutenberg, if she wins a stage in 2009, will become the winner of the most ever stages in Aude's history. In 2008 she equalled the all-time number of stage wins, previously held alone by (retired) compatriot, Petra Roßner. The record currently stands at 15 stage wins each.  Teutenberg typically wins at least one stage, so 2009 could be a year for rewriting the records. Teutenberg seems to like the hard rolling roads and long breaks and regularly features in a small breakaway which usually results in her winning the stage. She also features in the sprint finishes on the realitvely flatter stages. Luise Keller won the Route de France last year and was only held back in the 2008 edition of Aude by a crash where she injured her knee.

Nicole Cooke (Vision 1 Racing) returns to the event. Cooke has a team that could work well for her. In the past Cooke has been able to get result without a strong team, so with Vision 1 will be a rider to watch. Vikki Whitelaw has raced Aude in National colours in the past (Australia) and gained a podium place in 2008 in the mountains, where she won a stage.

Sharon Laws return to race with the Great Britain team and could factor in the mountain stages, where she performed so well in 2008. 

This year's event probably holds the best potential for a big win for Equipe Nurnberg, they have a strong team and Trixi Worrack (who has stage wins in Aude in the past and was third in 2008) and former winner overall, Amber Neben, have shown good early season form. Most recently, Worrack was third, winning the bunch sprint in the hilly Tour De Berne World Cup (a week before the start in Aude). 

Cervelo Test Team have publically targeted this race in their calendar. They have some strong time triallists and solid stage performers. Kristin Armstrong should feature in the top of the field, whilst Emma Pooley will be looking to exorcise the demons of her relatively poor performance in 2008. Claudia Hausler is a strong climber and performs well in the longer stage races. Carla Ryan is included in the provisional start list, but a team media release (13 May 2009) indicates that she is still recovering from her broken jaw and subsequent surgery from the crash in Gelderland in late April and will not start.

Bigla have a few strong riders, Noëmi Cantele is fit and racing well at the moment, whilst team-mate, Nicole Brandli is a known strength in the longer stage races and is a reknowned climber.  

Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) can never be underestimated, Vos has some strength in the DSB Bank team to support her, Angela Hennig, Liesbeth DeVocht and Tina Liebig can all perform in their own right too . 

Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team may feature in some of the shorter stages if they can pull together. They have some young talented riders, in particular the British track star Lizzy Armitstead to ride alongside Grace Verbeke and Rochelle Gilmore.

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Stage Details

Thu 14 May Team Presentation, 17h30, Carcassonne, Hôtel du Département 
Fri 15 May  Prologue / CLM Individual : 3900 m GRUISSAN – GRUISSAN 
Sat 16 May  Stage 1 : 116 km 500 RIEUX Minervois – RIEUX Minervois
Sun 17 May  Stage 2 : CLM par Equipe 27 km PORT La NOUVELLE – PORT La NOUVELLE
Mon 18 May  Stage 3 : 116 km LEZIGNAN Corbières – LEZIGNAN Corbières
Tue 19 May  Stage 4 : 109 km CASTELNAUDARY – CASTELNAUDARY
Wed 20 May  Stage 5 : 104 km AMELIE Les Bains- AMELIE Les Bains
Thu 21 May  Stage 6 : 92 km OSSEJA – OSSEJA
Fri 22 May    Stage 7 : 102 km 500 SAINT- HILAIRE/ MONTREAL d'Aude
Sat 23 May   Stage 8: 101 km AXAT/ ESPEZEL
Sun 24 May   Stage9 : 87 km 500 LIMOUX – LIMOUX 

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Provisional Start List

Race Number  Name Team
1 Susanne LJUNGSKOG TEAM FLEXPOINT
2 Loes GUNNEWIJK TEAM FLEXPOINT
3 Loes MARKERINK TEAM FLEXPOINT
4 Mirjam MELCHERS-VAN-POPPEL TEAM FLEXPOINT
5 Trine SCHMIDT TEAM FLEXPOINT
6 Iris SLAPPENDEL TEAM FLEXPOINT
7 Marianne VOS DSB BANK 
8 Liesbeth DE-VOCHT DSB BANK 
9 Angela HENNIG DSB BANK 
10 Tina LIEBIG DSB BANK 
11 Marieke VAN-WANROIJ DSB BANK 
12 Annemiek VAN-VLEUTEN DSB BANK 
13 Ina Yoko TEUTENBERG TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN
14 Kate BATES TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN
15 Chantal BELTMAN TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN
16 Emilia FAHLIN TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN
17 Luise KELLER TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN
18 Linda VILLUMSEN TEAM COLUMBIA HIGHROAD WOMEN
19 Trixi WORRACK EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG
20 Charlotte BECKER EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG
21 Eva LUTZ EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG
22 Amber NEBEN EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG
23 Bianca PURATH EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG
24 Madeleine SANDIG EQUIPE NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG
25 Emma POOLEY CERVELO TEST TEAM 
26 Kristin ARMSTRONG CERVELO TEST TEAM 
27 Lieselot DECROIX CERVELO TEST TEAM 
28 Claudia HAUSLER CERVELO TEST TEAM 
29 Carla RYAN CERVELO TEST TEAM 
30 Patricia SCHWAGER CERVELO TEST TEAM 
31 Nicole COOKE VISION 1 Racing
32 Gabriella DAY VISION 1 Racing
33 Christel FERRIER BRUNEAU VISION 1 Racing
34 Debby VAN DEN BERG VISION 1 Racing
35 Vicki WHITELAW VISION 1 Racing
36 Helen WYMAN VISION 1 Racing
37 Emma JOHANSSON RED SUN CYCLING TEAM
38 Paulina BRZEZNA RED SUN CYCLING TEAM
39 Petra DIJKMAN RED SUN CYCLING TEAM
40 Ludivine HENRION RED SUN CYCLING TEAM
41 Mascha PIJNENBORG RED SUN CYCLING TEAM
42 Laure WERNER RED SUN CYCLING TEAM
43 CANTELE BIGLA CYCLING TEAM
44 Veronica ANDREASSON BIGLA CYCLING TEAM
45 Nicole BRANDLI BIGLA CYCLING TEAM
46 Jennifer HOHL BIGLA CYCLING TEAM
47 Monica HOLLER BIGLA CYCLING TEAM
48 Modesta VZESNIAUSKAITE BIGLA CYCLING TEAM
49 Denise ZLICKERMANDEL GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM
50 Hanna AMEND GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM
51 Virginia HENNIG GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM
52 Romy KASPER GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM
53 Jana SCHEMMER GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM
54 Sabrina SCHWEIZER GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM
55 Rochelle GILMORE LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM
56 Elisabeth ARMITSTEAD LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM
57 Catherine DELFOSSE LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM
58 Kim SCHOONBAERT LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM
59 Emma SILVERSIDES LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM
60 Grace VERBEKE LOTTO-BELISOL LADIESTEAM
61 Julia MARTISOVA GAUSS RDZ ORMU-COLNAGO
62 Veronica ALESSIO GAUSS RDZ ORMU-COLNAGO
63 Tatiana ANTOSHINA GAUSS RDZ ORMU-COLNAGO
64 Tania BELVEDERESI GAUSS RDZ ORMU-COLNAGO
65 Martina CORAZZA GAUSS RDZ ORMU-COLNAGO
66 Eleonora SUELOTTO GAUSS RDZ ORMU-COLNAGO
67 Erinne WILLOCK CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM
68 Julie BEVERIDGE CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM
69 Carrie CARTMILL CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM
70 Heather LOGAN CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM
71 Sarah STEWART CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM
72 Jenny TREW CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM
73 Martine BRAS SELLE ITALIA GUEZZI
74 Kaytee BOYD SELLE ITALIA GUEZZI
75 Laura BOZZOLO SELLE ITALIA GUEZZI
76 Sigrid CORNEO SELLE ITALIA GUEZZI
77 Sivia VALSECCHI SELLE ITALIA GUEZZI
78 Oxana KOZONCHUK SELLE ITALIA GUEZZI
79 Edita PUCINSKAITE TEAM CMAX DILA
80 Saneila BIAGI TEAM CMAX DILA
81 Alice DONADONI TEAM CMAX DILA
82 Francesca FAUSTINI TEAM CMAX DILA
83 Silvia TIRADO MARQUEZ TEAM CMAX DILA
84 Marta VILAJOSANA ANDRIEU TEAM CMAX DILA
85 Natalia BOYARSKAYA FENIXS
86 Karin AUNE FENIXS
87 Svetlana BUBNENKOVA FENIXS
88 Catherine HARE-WILLIANSON FENIXS
89 Nadia VLASOVA FENIXS
90 Urte JUODVALKYTE FENIXS
91 Chantal BLAAK NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM
92 Lucinda BRAND NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM
93 Irene VAN-DEN-BROEK NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM
94 Sharon VAN-ESSEN NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM
95 Sanne VAN-PAASSEN NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM
96 Linda VAN-RIJEN NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM
97 Pascale JEULAND VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE
98 Julie AUGIZEAU VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE
99 Audrey CORDON VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE
100 Jennifer FISCHER VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE
101 Nathalie JEULAND VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE
102 Emmanuelle MERLOT VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE
103 Sharon LAWS GREAT BRITISH NATIONAL TEAM
104 Jessica ALLEN GREAT BRITISH NATIONAL TEAM
105 Katie COLCLOUGH GREAT BRITISH NATIONAL TEAM
106 Alexandra GREENFIELD GREAT BRITISH NATIONAL TEAM
107 Lucy MARTIN GREAT BRITISH NATIONAL TEAM
108 Joanne ROWSELL GREAT BRITISH NATIONAL TEAM
109 Sophie CREUX ESGL93-GSD-GESTION
110 Leda COX ESGL93-GSD-GESTION
111 Audrey LEMIEUX ESGL93-GSD-GESTION
112 Mélodie LESUEUR ESGL93-GSD-GESTION
113 Joëlle NUMAINVILLE ESGL93-GSD-GESTION
114 Béatrice THOMAS ESGL93-GSD-GESTION

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