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Thüringen Rundfahrt, 2009

 

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Stage 4- Christiane Soeder wins TT, Villumsen stays in Yellow by 53 seconds.

Treibes, 23.1km, Individual TT, 24 July 2009

 

Race Writeup

Christiane Soeder (Cervelo Test Team) was the clear winner on the time trial stage ahead of local favourite Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung) and Marianne Vos (DSB Bank). 

Linda Villumsen (Columbia Test Team) stays in yellow after finishing 59 seconds behind Soeder.

Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) remains in the sprint and young riders jersey, holding a clear 3 minutes 10 seconds advantage over her nearest rival. 

Tina Liebig (DSB Bank) stays in the Mountains jersey.

It was difficult conditions for the riders today. Early rain looked to make the course very tough. this cleared as the riders started and the sun came out but the wind picked up. On the high exposed sections the wind buffeted the riders from the side and made it difficult on the already tough descents. 

The notable starter today was the World and Olympic champion Nicole Cooke, speaking after the stage she said, "I was not feeling to good for the first two stages and yesterday I went down hill. I will spend the time resting before I fly home on Sunday for a family reunion with my brother," said Cooke.

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Post Race Comments

Christiane Soeder (Cervelo Test Team) was a very worthy winner, of the time trial stage of this years Thüringen Rundfahrt. 54th to start Soeder caught her minute rider on the second climb. “It was the hardest ever time trial stage in Thüringen. Last year Schmölln was hard but this year was much harder. The wind today was very strong and it made it very difficult. It was a side wind that made handling the time trial bike really hard. The course was very technical and manoeuvring on the time trial bike in the decent was tough,” said Soeder

Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung) finished second on the stage only 5 seconds behind Soeder. “It was very difficult today. The wind was so strong and the course was very technical. You could not get into a rhythm. It was up an down all the time and you could not settle. On the decent I got moved around quite a lot," said Worrack

Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) finished third 35 seconds behind Soeder, “Time trials are always difficult but today with all the corners and hills made it very tough. It was hard in the wind but I did not feel that it was so hard that it blew you away,” said Vos. Asked if she felt there was a chance to get into yellow over the last two stages, Vos added, “It will be difficult, but as we saw yesterday, it is possible to close a gap or gain a gap. So we will see, today was a good time trial and I am very happy about it.”

Linda Villumsen (Columbia HTC) finished 5th on the stage and had done enough to stay in yellow by 53 seconds. “I am completely dead today, I did not have good legs for the first fifteen kilometres, I was suffering so badly then it went down hill so it was ok,” said Villumsen. “I struggled in the wind a little and I had not seen the course and the ‘Hankaberg’ before, as I have not got to that stage in the tour. I was waiting for the ‘Hankaberg’ to come and the corners were really difficult. Petra was really good in the car behind. She told me where the corners and descending points were coming so it really helped,” said Villumsen. Asked if she thought she could defend the yellow jersey to the end of the final stage, Villumsen added, “There are still to hard stages to go and now that I have seen the ‘Hankaberg’, I am not sure.”

Tina Liebig (DSB Bank) secured her day in the mountains jersey and will look to defend it into the final two days. “It was easy and hard today. The course was really difficult today and I wasn’t really sure of going on the time trial bike on the course but everyone else was so I did it too. I am glad it is over and I am looking to each stage, one at a time,” said Liebig.  

 

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Position Name Team Time Gap km/hr
1.   Soeder, Christiane Cervélo Test Team .34'10" 900      40,548km/h  
2.   Worrack, Trixi Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung .34'15" 060   5"   40,465km/h  
3.   Vos, Marianne DSB Bank - Nederland Bloeit .34'45" 740   35"   39,87km/h  
4.   Ljungskog, Susanne Team Flexpoint .35'02" 510   52"   39,552km/h  
5.   Villumsen Serup, Linda Team Columbia HTC .35'09" 520   59"   39,421km/h  
6.   Antoshina, Tatiana Gauss RDZ Ormu-Colnago .35'11" 620   1'01"   39,382km/h  
7.   Brändli, Nicole Bigla Cycling Team .35'21" 860   1'11"   39,192km/h  
8.   Whitelaw, Vicki Vision 1 Racing .35'27" 980   1'17"   39,079km/h  
9.   Thürig, Karin Bigla Cycling Team .35'50" 280   1'40"   38,674km/h  
10.   Melchers-van Poppel, Mirjam Team Flexpoint .36'04" 010   1'54"   38,428km/h  

 

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time Gap
1.   Villumsen Serup, Linda Team Columbia HTC 9.38'59"     
2.   Worrack, Trixi Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 9.39'52"   53"  
3.   Vos, Marianne DSB Bank - Nederland Bloeit 9.39'52"   53"  
4.   Soeder, Christiane Cervélo Test Team 9.40'11"   1'12"  
5.   Ljungskog, Susanne Team Flexpoint 9.40'48"   1'49"  
6.   Whitelaw, Vicki Vision 1 Racing 9.41'10"   2'11"  
7.   Düster, Sarah Cervélo Test Team 9.41'14"   2'15"  
8.   Brändli, Nicole Bigla Cycling Team 9.41'22"   2'23"  
9.   Johansson, Emma Red Sun Cycling Team 9.41'36"   2'37"  
10.   Cantele, Noemi Bigla Cycling Team 9.42'00"   3'01"  

 

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