Giro Della Toscana 2009
Stage 5- Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won, Diana Ziluite in Rosa
Segromigno in Piano - Capannori 100.9km
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia HTC) blasted to victory at the end of a breakaway on stage five of the Giro della Toscana race in Italy on Saturday. The Columbia-HTC rider's win at the end of the 100.9-kilometre stage from Segromigno in Piano to Capannori was Teutenberg's 24th victory of the 2009 season.
The break which included, Teutenberg, Ziluite, Charlotte Becker (Equipe Nurnberger), Kristin McGrath (USA) and Luisa Tamanini (Selle Italia Ghezzi) was too strong to hold off the peloton on Stage 5. This was a tough stage and conditions were much warmer than they had been for the early stages of the tour. The American team controlled the front of the bunch, hoping for a possible victory from McGrath in the break.
Giorgia Bronzini (Safi) won the sprint for the line for sixth place ahead of Marianne Vos (DSB Bank)
Teutenberg (Team Columbia HTC) felt good about her win, "It's
good to win like this from a break, it's more satisfying than in a bunch
sprint because you have to work more for it and there's more strategy
involved" Teutenberg said afterwards. "I must
have spent around 75 kilometres off the front today. There were five
of us in the break that finally stayed away and it wasn't easy for me to
make it to the finish. I got dropped on a big climb close to the end and
then caught the others on the descent before finally outsprinting them.
I didn't think the break would survive because it had a rider in it who was
dangerous for the overall. But when we got more than five minutes I started
thinking we had a good chance."
The results were delayed due to an incident at the finish line involving a truck not associated with the race. It drove under the banner just before the prize presentation and in doing so, took the finishing banner, PA equipment and 100m of fencing. The estimate for the damage is 40000 euro. The prize ceremony had to be conducted using the PA of one of the support teams.
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