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Stage 2

Middelburg - Vlissingen, 109km

Race Writeup

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.

With 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.

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Petra 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  

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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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time Gap / Bonus
1 de Goede  Suzanne Nurnberger Versichering 2:53:58 *00:00:10
2 Teutenberg  Ina-Yoko Team Columbia Highroad W same *00:00:06
3 Hosking  Chloe Movingladies-WeijersHako  same *00:00:04
4 Gunnewijk  Loes Team Flexpoint same
5 van de Ree  Monique Leontien.nl same
6 de Vocht  Lisbet DSB Bank NederlandBloeit same
7 Armitstead  Elizabeth Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam same
8 Becker  Charlotte Nurnberger Versichering same
9 Markerink  Loes Team Flexpoint same
10 Mackie  Emma Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam same


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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time Gap
1 Teutenberg  Ina-Yoko Team Columbia Highroad W 03:03:02
2 Villumsen  Linda Melanie Team Columbia Highroad W 03:03:03 00:01
3 Gunnewijk  Loes Team Flexpoint 03:03:08 00:06
4 Becker  Charlotte Nurnberger Versichering 03:03:09 00:07
5 Beltman  Chantal Team Columbia Highroad W 03:03:11 00:09
6 Melchers  Mirjam Team Flexpoint 03:03:13 00:11
7 van Dijk  Ellen Team Columbia Highroad W 03:03:15 00:13
8 Slappendel  Iris Team Flexpoint 03:03:19 00:17
9 de Goede  Suzanne Nurnberger Versichering 03:03:23 00:21
10 de Vocht  Lisbet DSB Bank NederlandBloeit 03:03:24 00:22


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