Thüringen Rundfahrt, 2009
Stage 4- Christiane Soeder wins TT, Villumsen stays in Yellow by 53 seconds.
Treibes, 23.1km, Individual TT, 24 July 2009
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.
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
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
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.”
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.
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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