Ster Zeeuwsche Eilanden (Rabo Tour) 2009
Westkapelle - Westkapelle 134.7km
final stage of the RaboSter Tour in Holland saw Columbia-Highroad
womenís team make a clean sweep of all top three places on the overall
three-day event was won for the second year running by Ina-Yoko
Teutenberg, taking her eighteenth victory of the season. Second was
Chantal Beltman, just three seconds behind, whilst prologue winner Linda
Villumsen was third at 11 seconds.
also finished first in the teams classification, whilst Teutenberg was top
rider both in the intermediate sprints and the points competitions.
Teutenberg (Team Columbia) - "It was a typically tough
Dutch race, one where you have to be on the front all the time and watching
out all the time. In the last stage it was all good. Chantal got in a break
which was great, because she would have won the overall, so we didnít need
to chase. To be honest I would have preferred not to have won the
intermediate sprints competition, because going for those sprints meant a
lot of work during the stage, but I needed to go for them.
was tough going, very windy and some very late finishes as well, but I came
through ok and managed to get the victory.Ē
Rossner - (Team Columbia Directeur Sportif) "Taking
all three podium places is a sign of how well all our team were working
together. For example, Chantal was in a four-rider break in the last ten
kilometres, and even though Linda and Ina knew their chances of
overall victory would disappear if Chantal got a good gap, they were still
cheering her on over the radio."
was not at all easy going, a long stage and with a lot of moves. Finally we
managed to get all three top places. Itís a really exceptional result."
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