Ronde van Drenthe 2010
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Race 1- Ina-Yoko Teutenberg wins for third time
Drenste 8 Dwingeloo, 141 km
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC Columbia) sprinted to victory for the third year in a row. Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) was second ahead of Annemiek van Vlueton (Netherland Bloeit).
The good racing conditions kept the bunch together. A narrow, cobbled section which was covered several times during the race caused more problems and required more tactics from the riders than the 'berg', which was barely an uphill slope.
The decisive move was on the final passage of the cobbled section with 30km to go. Despite some valiant attempts to break the race up by escaping, the leading group that hit the cobbles, actually created the winning move. This group of 11 riders, included three from Cervelo Test Team and two from HTC Columbia and one from Gauss, Red Sun, HITEC Products, Great Britain, Netherland Bloeit and Leontien NL.
The bunch of 11 were chased to the line by the rest of the peloton. They had a maximum gap of 30 seconds with 20 km to go. Australia, Tibco and Lotto worked hard on the front of the bunch to close the gap, with Australia doing most of the work for their sprinter Kirsty Broun. At 2km to go the gap had blown out to 35 seconds as the leading group were being driven by Adrie Visser (HTC Columbia) and Cervelo's Sarah Duster.
Visser led Teutenberg to the line. Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss) looked like she would finish third but she lost pace and was pushed to fourth by van Vlueten.
Ina- Yoko Teutenberg (HTC Columbia) had to change bikes during the first part of the race and race back twice to rejoin the race. " It really wasn't too bad having to change bikes, the spare bike was not perfect for me, so I got the original bike after it was repaired. The pace of the race wasn't fast at that point so I could chase back. Luisa [Keller] waited for me so it wasn't too bad. Van Vleuten went into the side of the cobbled section and I was in the right place and went with the attack, it just seemed to stretch and then a break had formed. We worked pretty well together, although there were a couple of people sitting on. Cervelo worked hard, we worked hard. It was a good break for us. Adrie [Visser] just led it from the last cobbles and did a great job on the front to make sure no one could attack and she brought me to the line," said Teutenberg.
Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) was a little disappointed with coming second. "I know I can sprint, I just need to be mentally stronger and go for it. The sprint started very early and I think, Bronzini died over the last 250m or something. I saw that it broke up on the cobbles the lap before, so I knew that I had to be in the top five riders. If you miss the break it is too hard and you have to chase back. You are too tired for the sprint then," said Johansson.
Annemiek van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit) is in great form and was very happy with her third place in the sprint. "I am very happy. I felt good in Flanders, then in Dottingnies then here today,"said van Vleuten.
Asked what was contributing to her current run of good form, she added, "Last year I was injured and had to have surgery on my hip flexer. Now I am getting better and better and I feel great."
Kirsty Broun (Australia) was disappointed not to have closed the gap to the leaders, "I am so proud of my team, they did such a great job. We were so close to the lead group. we could see them we just could not get to them," said Broun.
Brooke Miller (Tibco) was one of the sprinters that missed the break, "We knew at the fourth set of cobbles that I need to be in the top fifteen in case there was a break. I was there but of course it was the top 11 that got away. It was so frustrating. We chased for 25k, Australia worked so hard, we only had two. Emma [Mackie} and Jo [Kiesanowski] were working with the Australians but it was too far to chase," said Miller.
Angela Hennig (Noris Cycling) won the sprint competition and Luch Martin (GBR) the young rider competition.
Angela Hennig (Noris Cycling) was too tired at the end of the race, " I was too tired at the end of the race. We worked to try to get Trixi [Worrak] into the lead group but we could not. It is only our fifth race so we are still trying to figure out how to work together, but it is all good," said Hennig.
Lucy Martin (GBR) had a great ride, "I was really pleased to get into the break. I found it really easy to stay towards the front today. The girl in front of me lost the wheel to the front seven so I had to chase on my own in the last kilometre. I would have like to have me able to be in the sprint," said Martin
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