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Route De France 2009

 

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Stage 1-Ina-Yoko Teutenberg sprints to victory

Fonteney le Comte - Cholet 108.2km

 

Race Writeup

Despite a long escape from the American riding for Team USA, Alison Starnes a very selective front group of sprinters arrived at the finsiih line led by the dominating Ina Yoko Teutenber. Teutenberg was not challenged by second place Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto Belisol) and Diana Ziliute (Safi Pasta Zara Titendi) who remains the leader overall.

Tiffany Cromwell (Australia) maintains her lead in the U23 category by 11 Seconds

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Post Race Comments

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Columbia HCT saw off the opposition in Route De France's stage one from Fontenay-le-Comte to Cholet on Monday to claim a convincing bunch sprint win.

"The last part was very technical, but at the finish [rival Diana] Ziliute started to accelerate very early and we got a good gap, that made a big difference," Teutenberg said later.

"I got good support from the team throughout the stage and then they gave me a great lead-out, which all helped." Teutenberg said she had had an incident-free stage and build-up to the bunch sprint, even though Monday's 108 kilometre ride through central France had not been  straightforward.

"The stage was tougher than it looked on the race profile. They always say it's flat in this part of France, but in fact it's constantly up and down. The hardest part of this year's race are the last two stages, which are really hilly, and together with tomorrow's [Tuesday's]  time trial that's where the overall will be decided."

The Columbia-HTC sprint star said her stage win and third place in Sunday's prologue showed that after a few weeks where she had not felt in such great shape, he condition was now improving. "I had a bit of a flat period after the Giro d'Italia [in July] and things didn't go as well as we would have liked in Sweden [in the Vargarda World Cup rounds], either.But now I've got a stage win here in France and hopefully things will continue to get better from now on and I can start to build up for the rest of the season."

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Results - Top 3 

1   Ina Yoko Teutenberg   Team Columbia HTC

2   Rochelle Gilmore        Lotto Belisol

3   Diana Ziliute               Safi Pasta Zara Titendi

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time
1 Diana ZILIUTE SAF 3h 4 25s
2 Svetlana BUBNENKOVA FEN 0 01s
3 Ina TEUTENBERG TCW 0 03s
4 Tiffany CROMWELL AUS 0 08s
5 Yulia MARTISOVA GAU 0 14s
6 Oxana KOZONCHUK MSI 0 19s
7 Monia BACCAILLE MIC 0 20s
8 Tatiana GUDERZO MIC 0 21s
9 Elizabeth ARMISTEAD LBL 0 21s
10 Kaytee BOYD MSI 0 22s

 

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