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Stage 5- Ruth Corset wins stage, Anderson wins first European Tour.

Blanzat - Chatleguyon 132.7km

Race Writeup

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. 

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Post Race Comments

Kim Anderson (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 this.'"

Anderson said she had great confidence in today's stage, feeling the support of her team.  "The team and (Sports Director) Ronny (Lauke) had so much confidence in me going into today.  I just focused on that and didn't want to disappoint after all the work they did for me."

Anderson's victory marks the Columbia-HTC women's 43rd win of the 2009 season.

Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap
 1   CORSET Ruth   AUSTRALIA NATIONAL TEAM   3h 57mn 37s  
 2    BACCAILLE Monia    S.C. MICHELA FANINI RECORD ROX     02mn 21s  
 3    MARTISOVA Yulia    GAUSS RDZ ORMU -COLNAGO     02mn 21s  
 4    BUBNENKOVA Svetlana    FENIXS     02mn 21s  
 5    OLIVEIRA Flavia M.    S.C. MICHELA FANINI RECORD ROX     02mn 24s  
 6    GAUTARD ROUSSEL Karine    VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE     02mn 24s  
 7    KASPER Romy *    EQUIPE NRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG     02mn 24s  
 8    BOYD Kaytee    SELLE ITALIA GHEZZI     02mn 24s  
 9    ZILIUTE Diana    SAFI -PASTA ZARA TITANEDI     02mn 27s  
 10    PUCINSKAITE Edita    GAUSS RDZ ORMU -COLNAGO     02mn 27s  

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time/Gap
 1    ANDERSON Kimberly    TEAM COLUMBIA -HTC WOMEN    14h 22mn 06s  
 2    STEVENS Evelyn    US NATIONAL TEAM     01mn 23s  
 3    ITURRIAGAECHEVARRIA MAZAGA Eneritz    SAFI -PASTA ZARA TITANEDI     03mn 19s  
 4    BACCAILLE Monia    S.C. MICHELA FANINI RECORD ROX     03mn 37s  
 5    BOYD Kaytee    SELLE ITALIA GHEZZI     05mn 51s  
 6    CORNEO Sigrid    SELLE ITALIA GHEZZI     06mn 04s  
 7    AZZINI Emanuela    GAUSS RDZ ORMU -COLNAGO     11mn 19s  
 8    LESUEUR Mlodie *    ESGL 93 -GSD GESTION     13mn 11s  
 9    OLIVEIRA Flavia M.    S.C. MICHELA FANINI RECORD ROX     14mn 31s  
 10    ZABLOCKYTE Egle *    USC CHIRIO FORNO D'ASOLO     15mn 30s  

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