Route De France 2009
Stage 5- Ruth Corset wins stage, Anderson wins first European Tour.
Blanzat - Chatleguyon 132.7km
Columbia-HTC rider Kim Anderson successfully fought to take home the yellow jersey as the overall winner of the Route de France Friday. The American rider and her Columbia-HTC teammates celebrated the win after the 132-kilometre stage from Blanzat to Chatelguyon.
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Chantal Beltman and Emilia Fahlin (Team Columbia-HTC) rode at the front of the bunch to protect the lead of Kim Anderson for much of the race. Despite a group of 10 riders getting away it was a controlled race. Ruth Corset attacked with 28km to go and maintained a steady pace at the head of the race and won with a clear lead at the line.
(Columbia HTC) was in floods of teams as the emotion released after her
win.The American rider and her Columbia-HTC teammates celebrated the win
after the 132-kilometre stage from Blanzat to Chatelguyon. "This
is such a fantastic outcome, and it's great to be in this position,"
said Anderson afterward. "The stage was a lot less stressful than
I thought it would be. I only really had to watch [US National Team
rider] Evelyn (Stevens) who was in second. Once we got into the
circuits my teammates really kept the pace. I just held on, stayed
patient, and when Evelyn finally did attack, I just thought 'I really can do
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