Ster Zeeuwsche Eilanden (Rabo Tour) 2009
Middelburg - Vlissingen, 109km
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (High Road) sprinted to victory in a bunch sprint. The stage was characterised by strong winds and constant attacks. With no-one able to gain a meaningful gap over the bunch, there was little surprise that the in-form sprinters, Teutenberg, Wild and Brodtka were towards the front of affairs as the race turned the 90 degree corner just 300 metres from the finish line.
Teutenberg opened up a certain gap as the final 100 metres were covered, with the riders strung out behind her. Despite a stage bonus of 10 seconds, Teutenberg could not topple the race leader, Kirsten Wild (AA Drink) from her lead position. The German did, however, close the gap to just 5 seconds, from the deficit of 11 overnight. Teutenberg now sits in second place overall.
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia Highroad) was propelled into the leader’s jersey of the three-day Dutch race after taking second on the stage. Teutenberg succeeds her team-mate Linda Villumsen, who won the opening day’s prologue, at the top end of the general classification.
one stage remaining, Teutenberg is now in the lead tied on time with
Villumsen. Columbia-Highroad is showing very strongly in other
classifications as well. Van Dijk is leading the Best Young
Rider’s competition, Teutenberg heads the points classification and they
are in the top spot in the teams ranking.
Rossner (Team Director) reflected on the race, “We tried
lots of different tactics during the stage and at the end of the day we
ended up with Ina in the lead and with Linda in second place overall. For
the final day’s racing in an event which is always won by seconds not
minutes, that's an ideal scenario” commented Rossner. “We
tried to keep the jersey for Linda by getting her to go on a solo break
but it didn’t work out, so Ina went for it in the intermediate sprints
to pick up some bonus seconds. She got second in one intermediate sprint
and first in another, and Chantal [Beltman] also won one too. Finally
Ina’s second place with the bonus seconds that she could move into the
lead. It was very windy today and the bunch split into two groups, but we
had all five of our riders in the front. They all stuck together, worked
for each other and did a great job all round.” added Rossner
said a crash in the final kilometre had made the bunch sprint more
complicated than usual.“A British rider went down and Ina
fortunately managed to get past her. But if she wasn’t so quick in the
sprints maybe instead of taking second, she’d have been tenth.”
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