Tour de l'Aude 2010
Stage 2 -Cervelo win TTT but HTC Columbia's Adrie Visser movers into leaders jersey
Clermont l'Hérault 34.5km - Team Time Trial
Everything could change again for stage 3. The wind could also play a role as the stage heads out around Lèzignan Corbières. With 110 km, there are two, second category mountains to overcome which may provide an opportunity for the climber to create a break away group.
Cervélo TestTeam Sport Director Egon van Kessel was very happy again with his teams performance albeit a little disappointed that they lost the leaders jersey, "I am extremely satisfied with the team's performance today," said van Kessel. "It was definitively a challenging course through narrow village roads, sharp corners and other technical highlights but the team was incredibly strong. The only thing that was not so nice today was Elisabeth Armitstead's flat tire after only one kilometre Her wish was that the team continue racing and not wait for her."
Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) enjoyed the Team Time Trial, "I'm very happy about the team time trial today. It was a hard stage but with the victory the pain was paid back," commented Pooley after the race. "To win with such a big margin was really great for us. So far we have had a very good Tour de l'Aude. I am looking forward to the other stages. Seven days are left and there are still some challenges in front of us."
HTC Columbia's Team manager Ronny Lauke could not have been happier with the team and in particular Adrie Visser's performance."It's the first time she's ever led in a stage race so we're all really pleased for her," commented Lauke. "Adrie's done a lot of great work for the team during the spring. She trained hard over the winter, too and it's nice she gets her time in the limelight. She got seventh in the prologue, third in yesterday's stage and now she's in the lead."
"Collectively HTC-Columbia did much better than some people expected, Cervélo were the clear favourites for this stage and we managed to hold the gap to less than 40 seconds., added Lauke. "It was a very tough little circuit, technical and on narrow roads, and our team performed very well despite those difficult conditions."
Tomorrow's stage has two second category climbs, but Lauke expects to be able to hold on to the lead. "The ideal scenario would be to take the stage and for Adrie to keep the yellow. We've come close twice, so I think we've shown we're definitely in contention for a win."
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