Gracia Orlova 2009
Lichnov, 125.8km Czech Republic UCI 2.2
The second stage was won by Fabiana Luperini (Selle Italia Ghezzi) ahead of Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung) and Worrack's team mate Amber Neben. After the third place in the inaugural stage Luperini showed her skills on the mountain. The stage was very active, on the first climb Worrack and Neben attacked and it was only Luperini who was able to follow them.
The long breakaway went to the finish line and Luperini won the sprint to the line.
This win move Luperini up to second, a two seconds behind the leader Worrack. With the third stage being a time trial of 18km only, Luperini has a good chance of jumping into the lead.
Marianne Vos (DSB) and Nicole Brandli (Bigla), Luise Keller (Team Columbia highroad) and Amber Neben (Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung) will need to pull out all the stops to get close to Worrack and Luperini. They were all over 2 minutes behind after stage 2.
Walter Zini (Team Director) said of Luperini's performance "Fabiana today was very good, because it was not easy to resist to this rhythm. Unlike the others she's not yet in top condition because there are still two months to the Giro, but with this success we know to be on the right way. Also the other girls of the team did a great race today, Foresi was in a breakaway in first kms while the other helped Fabiana before the climb: now we will have to defend our position in the time trial but we have a great chance to finish this race on the podium," said Zini
Ricci Petitoni (Team President) was very happy with the teams
performance. "I am very satisfied, before the Flèche Wallonne
Fabiana told me she's on good shape, she is on the levels of last year and
this makes me hopeful for the National Championship and the Giro d'Italia,"
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