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Tour de l'Aude 2010


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Preview 2  - Overview and Stage Information


The first of the 'big tours' of the 2010 season, gets under way today in southeast France. The Tour de l' Aude is a tough stage race and tests the mental stamina of the teams, their ability to work together and the mid-season fitness of the riders. 

Last years winners Cervelo Test Team have a strong team and will be looking to defend the 2009 title of Claudia Häusler (Ger). She has been rested recently and will be looking to win the event for a second year in a row. Cervelo Test Team had sent their strongest team ever and have signalled their intention to try to win this event for a second year. Cervelo, has many cards to play. They have other climbers, as back up or to mount their own attack on GC, Sharon Laws and Emma Pooley. Plus, Lizzy Armitstead who was won the young rider competition 2009 when riding for GB.

Team HTC Columbia do have a strong team and their formidable sprinter, Ina Yoko Teutenberg, if she wins a stage in 2010, she will become extend her position as the winner of the most ever stages in Aude's history. Teutenberg seems to like the hard rolling roads and long breaks and regularly features in a small breakaway which usually results in her winning the stage. She also features in the sprint finishes on the relatively flatter stages. HTC Columbia also come with a strong team, they have Luise Keller and Linda Villumsen, Evelyn Stevens, Adrie Visser and Chloe Hosking replaces Fahlin.

This year's event probably holds the best potential for a big win for Noris Cycling, they have a strong sprinter in Angela Hennig and a strong climber in Trixi Worrack (who has stage wins in Aude in the past). 

The team that chose not to go to China may benefit from having not travelled so much;

The American team, should not be dismissed Katheryn Mattis is paying her first visit to Europe this year and is known for her climbing ability.

Marianne Vos (Netherland Bleoit) can never be underestimated, Vos has some strength in the team to support her, all perform in their own right too.

Red Sun Cycling have come prepared too, Emma Johansson leads a strong team. 

Team Valdarno has their Italian World Champion Tatiana Guderzo leading the team. She can climb and will be one to watch.

Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team may feature but they are missing their biggest stars, Grace Verbeke and Rochelle Gilmore. Vikki Whitelaw is riding, she can climb and likes long breaks, she won a stage in 2008.

Fenixs and Gauss RDZ Ormu both field strong teams. In Fennix petrogradts Svetlana Bubnenkova is a proven climber and can stir things up on the bigger climbs. In Gauss, Martine Bras has already show great form in the early World Cup event to prove she has good form this year. 

Team Tibco field one of the stronger climbers in the field. Australian Ruth Corset will be looking to do something at this race. She has a strong support group with New Zealander, Joanne Kiesanowski and fellow Australian Emma Mackie. Brooke Miller should do well in the sprints.

Leontien NL is not the strongest team in the competition but they should feature up on GC. Chantal Blaak is a consistent rider and can perform in the climbs.

MTN's performances have been mixed recently. They have a number of strong riders. Their postion overall in this tour may depend on confirmation of Nicole Cooke's position in the team.  

Safi - Pasta Zara, S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox, Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion, Vienne Futuroscope and the German National Team  have a mix of experience and some younger less experienced riders.  

Stage Details

Friday 14 May – Prologue / Contre la Montre Individuel : 3900 m - GRUISSAN – GRUISSAN 

Saturday 15 May – 1st Stage : 117 km - RIEUX Minervois - RIEUX Minervois 

Sunday 16 May – 2nd Stage : Contre la Montre/ Equipe - 34,500 km - CLERMONT l'Hérault – CLERMONT l'Hérault 

Monday 17 May – 3rd Stage : 110 km - LEZIGNAN Corbières – LEZIGNAN Corbières 

Tuesday 18 May – 4th Stage : 97 km - OSSEJA – OSSEJA

Wednesday 19 May – 5th Stage : 104,500 km - AMELIE Les Bains – AMELIE Les Bains 

Thursday 20 May – 6th Stage : 100 km - CASTELNAUDARY - CASTELNAUDARY 

Friday 21 May – 7th Stage : 105 km - LIMOUX - ROQUEFEUIL 

Saturday 22 May – 8th Stage : 112 km - AUNAT - LIMOUX 

Sunday 23 May – 9th Stage : 90,500 km - CARCASSONNE - CARCASSONNE

Provisional Start List

Cervélo TestTeam
1 Claudia Häusler (Ger)
2 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr)
3 Régina Bruins (Ned)
4 Sharon Laws (GBr)
5 Emma Pooley (GBr)
6 Carla Ryan (Aus)
Noris Cycling
7 Trixi Worrack (Ger)
8 Angela Hennig (Ger)
9 Stephanie Pohl (Ger)
10 Marlen Johrend (Ger)
11 Romy Kasper (Ger)
12 Madeleine Sandig (Ger)
Nederland Bloeit
13 Marianne Vos (Ned)
14 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel)
15 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned)
16 Loes Markerink (Ned)
17 Noortje Tabak (Ned)
18 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned)
Redsun Cycling Team
19 Emma Johansson (Swe)
20 Paulina Brzezna (Pol)
21 Petra Dijkman (Ned)
22 Marie Lindberg (Swe)
23 Ludivine Henrion (Bel)
24 Laure Werner (Bel)
Lotto Ladies Team
26 Veronica Andreasson (Swe)
27 Elizabeth Hatch (USA)
28 Anriette Schoeman (RSA)
30 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus)
HTC Columbia Women
31 Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger)
32 Chloe Hosking (Aus)
33 Luise Keller (Ger)
34 Evelyn Stevens (USA)
35 Adrie Visser (Ger)
36 Linda Villumsen (NZl)
Team Valdarno
37 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita)
38 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus)
39 Laura Bozzolo (Ita)
40 Tania Belvederesi (Ita)
41 Saneila Biagi (Ita)
42 Marta Vila Josana Andreu (Spa)
43 Ruth Corset (Aus)
44 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl)
45 Emma Mackie (Aus)
46 Amanda Miller (USA)
47 Brooke Miller (USA)
48 Rebecca Much (USA)
USA National Team
49 Kristin MacGrath (USA)
50 Mara Abbott (USA)
51 Katharine Carroll (USA)
52 Andrea Dvorak (USA)
53 Carmen Small (USA)
54 Katheryn Mattis (USA)
55 Chantal Blaak (Ned)
56 Monique Van De Ree (Ned)
57 Andrea Bosman (Ned)
58 Marijn De Vries (Ned)
59 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned)
60 Josien Van Wingerden (Ned)
Fenixs - Petrogradets
61 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus)
62 Karin Aune (Swe)
63 Yulia Iliynikh (Rus)
64 Irina Molicheva (Rus)
65 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus)
66 Erika Vilunaite (Ltu)
Gauss RDZ Ormu
67 Martine Bras (Ned)
68 Alessandra Borchi (Ita)
69 Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus)
70 Julia Martisova (Rus)
71 Eleonora Suelotto (Ita)
72 Giada Borgato (Ita)
Safi - Pasta Zara
73 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu)
74 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu)
75 Lorena Foresi (Ita)
76 Eneritz Iturriagae (Spa)
77 Sylwia Kapusta (Pol)
78 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus)
S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
79 Edwige Pitel (Fra)
80 Sara Grifi (Ita)
81 Carly Hibbert (Aus)
82 Serena Mensa (Ita)
83 Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr)
84 Martina Ruzickova (Cze)
Nicole Cooke (GBR) To be confirmed
86 Robyn De Groot (RSA)
87 Lylanie Lauwrens (RSA)
88 Carla Swart (RSA)
89 Marissa Van Der Merwe (RSA)
90 Cashandra Slingerland (RSA)
German National Team
91 Denise Zuckermandel (Ger)
92 Laura Dittmann (Ger)
93 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger)
94 Franziska Merten (Ger)
95 Lina-Kristin Schink (Ger)
96 Martina Zwick (Ger)
Vienne Futuroscope
97 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)
98 Julie Beveridge (Can)
99 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can)
100 Jenifer Letue (Fra)
101 Florence Girardet (Fra)
102 Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra)
Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion
103 Béatrice Thomas (Fra)
104 Mélanie Bravard (Fra)
105 Roxane Fournier (Fra)
106 Siobhan Horgan (Irl)
107 Audrey Lemieux (Can)
108 Eugénie Mermillod (Fra)

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