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Stage 4- Ina Teutenberg sprints to victory for Columbia HTC, Pooley still in Pink

PORTO S. ELPIDIO (AP) PORTO S. ELPIDIO (AP) 109.2km

Race Writeup

Ina Teutenberg  (Team Columbia HTC) sprinted to victory ahead of Kristen Wild (Cervelo Test Team) and Monica Baccaille (S. C. Michela Fanini Record Rox) in stage 4 of the the Giro Donne. A bunch of 28 riders competed for the sprint but in never looked like Teutenber would not win. Teutenberg has dominated sprinting in 2009 and this win makes it 20 for the season for Teutenberg.  

Just one day after Columbia-HTC teammate Mara Abbott won on the Monteserra climb, the German champion took a strong bunch sprint win in the 109.2-kilometre stage in Porto San Elpidio, ahead of Holland's Kirsten Wilde and Italy's Monica Baccaille.

Maglia ROSA -Emma POOLEY

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Post Race Comments

Ina Teutenberg (Team columbia HTC) reflected on her 29th win of the season, "I got 24 wins last year, which was the most I ever took in one year, so it's good to get to 20 at this point in the season. We'll see what happens now," Teutenberg said.
"Today was a pretty crazy, dangerous sprint, there were a lot of obstacles in the finale but I got through ok.  It was hot, too, and there was a bit of a climb on the final circuit, but Judith [Arndt] gave me a good lead-out and I was in the right position. The team worked brilliantly for me, as always, and that makes it much easier."

Teutenberg said the last few kilometres not been easy, but that "normally riders try to get on my wheel and they give me a bit more space than maybe they would to other sprinters. That makes it a bit less tricky for me to hold my position when I'm going for the sprint, too."

Teutenberg took four Tour of Italy stages last year, but she's not overly optimistic about her chances of doing the same in 2009.  "This year's route is totally different from 2008, much hillier overall and with five hard days in a row coming up now.  Maybe I'll get in a break and try to win that way but it's difficult to say which day is best for that - perhaps the last!"

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time Gap
1 TEUTENBERG INA YOKO Team Columbia Highroad Woman 2:47'11 
2 WILD KIRSTEN Cervelo Test Team 2:47'11 
3 BACCAILLE MONIA S. C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 2:47'11 
4 BRONZINI GIORGIA Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi 2:47'11 
5 MILLER BROOKE Usa National Team 2:47'11 
6 GILMORE ROCHELLE Lotto Belisol Ladies Team 2:47'11 
7 D' ETTORRE ALESSANDRA Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 2:47'11 
8 DE GOEDE SUZANNE Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2:47'11 
9 OLDS SHELLEY Usa National Team 2:47'11 
10 CORAZZA MARTINA Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 2:47'11 

 

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time Gap
1 POOLEY EMMA Cervelo Test Team 8:53'33 
2 ABBOTT MARA Team Columbia Highroad Woman 8:54'40  1'07 
3 HAUSLER CLAUDIA Cervelo Test Team 8:54'44  1'11 
4 ARNDT JUDITH Team Columbia Highroad Woman 8:55'00  1'27 
5 NEBEN AMBER Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 8:55'06  1'33 
6 BUBNENKOVA SVETLANA Fenixs 8:55'11  1'38 
7 PUCINSKAITE EDITA Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 8:55'48  2'15 
8 RYAN CARLA Cervelo Test Team 8:56'37  3'04 
9 BRANDLI NICOLE Bigla Cycling Team 8:57'00  3'27 
10 LUPERINI FABIANA Selle Italia Ghezzi 8:57'45  4'12 

 

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