Thüringen Rundfahrt, 2009
Stage 5- Emma Johansson wins stage 5, Villumsen in Yellow by 33 seconds
Schmölln, 104.5km, 25 July 2009
Emma Johansson (Red sun Cycling) won stage 5 on a tough stage around Schmölln. Susanne Ljungskog (Team Flexpoint) was second ahead of Sarah Duster (Cervelo Test Team).The 104.5km course was hampered by bad weather again for the riders. Early rain made the roads wet then on lap two the clouds opened and made the decents dangerous for the riders.
An attack from Duster before the final climb splintered the bunch and ensured that there was a small lead group going into the final kilometres. Duster attacked the lead group and Ljungskog and Johansson reacted. Johansson attacked the others on the run in to the finish. Ljungskog could not react quite quick enough and Duster was done, just managing to hold on for third.
Marianne Vos (DSB Bank), Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nurnberger Verischerung) and Lind Villumsen (Columbia HTC) were left to chase. Vos attacked the chasers in the final km to secure 4th place on the stage and closed the gap n Villumsen's lead.
Vos stays in the Sprinters and Yong Riders jerseys well ahead of her nearest rivals. Vos has 25 points in the sprint competition ahead of Duster on 15, and is 4 minutes 52 seconds ahead of Alona Andruk (SAFI Pasta Zara) in the Young riders competition.
Tina Liebig (DSB Bank) can not be beaten in the Mountain classification if she finishes the final stage. She holds a 27 point lead over Johansson.
Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) was very happy to win the 5th stage of the Thuringen Rundfahrt. “It was my kind of weather today. I was awake and focused. I had been frustrated with not getting any wins, so I went for everything today. Initially it was quite slow and I was a little nervous concerned that it would not break up but it turned out fine. There are so many good riders here it is really hard to get a stage. I was behind on GC so I thought I have to make it my moment today. I am pleased to have moved up on GC,” said Johansson. Looking to the final stage, Johansson added, “I am starting to feel much better as the race is going on, I was slow and did not really get into the racing at the start of the week and to get this good win sets me up for a good day tomorrow.”
Susanne Ljungskog (Team Flexpoint) was disappointed not to have won the stage but happy with second, “I really tried hard and it was very difficult. The conditions were bad today but I am pleased,” said Ljungskog.
Andrea Bosman (Dutch National Team) was awarded the most combative rider on stage 5 after she created the first of the decisive attacks on lap 5. “I though today I would attack, it was hard with the wind and the hill. I tried first and I got way with a group. Then when the attack went with the three riders I knew any chance of victory had gone for me,” said Bosman
Villumsen (Team Columbia HTC) managed to hold on for sixth on the
stage and a slim 33 second lead over Vos, “I did not really have
anything left to chase the break and the others just sat in behind me.
Then they decided to chase and then I had to chase them in the end to keep
the gap down,” said Villumsen. Villumsen is realistic about the
final stage, “It would be good to win but tomorrow is a difficult
stage,” added Villumsen.
Duster (Cervelo Test Team) had a hard race today, despite starting
the winning break she could not compete with Ljungskog and Johansson into
the final 1km, “It was so hard, it was windy the whole day and the
rain was horrible. There were so many attacks and when Andrea Bosman
attacked and Johansson went with her I followed and a group formed. I
decided to attack just before the big climb, I was pulling really hard and
they [the bunch] chased me. Only Susanna [Ljungskog] and Emma [Johansson]
came with me, then on the last climb I was ‘caputo’. I am happy with
my result, because I tried really hard. I thought I have to try to see if
I can win but I did not. Tomorrow is a tough day so I hope I can stay up
there,” said Duster.
Tina Liebig (DSB Bank) was happy to still be in the Mountain jersey, “Yes of course I am very happy and we will try to keep it tomorrow. We try tomorrow to get Marianne [Vos] into Yellow tomorrow so not sure if I can keep it I will have to check what the gap is,” said Liebig.
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