Tour of Chongming Island 2010
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Race 3- Teutenberg wins by the smallest fraction to take overall victory and Sprint Classification
Chongming Xincheng Cup, City Circuit, Chongming Island, China, 79.2km
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC Columbia) showed why she is known as the best sprinter in the world today. Tactically the HTC Columbia team was perfect. They delivered Teutenberg to the line to win the final stage and take the overall in both the Sprint category and overall. Kirsten Wild (Cervelo Test Team) had to settle for second in both categories but had some consolation with the team winning the Overall Team competition. Third on the stage and overall in both competition was Rochelle Gilmore (Australia).
The wide city circuit delivered the best conditions of the week. It was warm and sunny for the riders, who completed eleven laps of the 7.2km circuit. As expected the locals turn out to line the streets in support of the race.
There was little chance of a breakaway succeeding on the final stage, there was so much to play for for the top teams. Going into the final stage, Wild and Teutenberg were neck and neck in the sprint and overall competitions. In the team competition, Cervelo, Australia and Top Girls Fassa Bortolo were equal on time.
At the front of the race, the teams of Top Girls Fassa Bortolo, South Korea and HTC Columbia, Noris and Cervelo test Team all played a part in keeping the race together. The pace was high and the peloton was lapping the circuit in just over 10 minutes. As they started lap 3 and completed the first of the intermediate sprints which was won by Charlotte Becker (Cervelo Test Team), a break formed in the peloton and 13 riders formed a lead group. It did not last long however, despite included most of the top teams the missing team was South Korea and they moved to the front to chase back the leaders.
With 28km of racing completed, a small group of 5 riders formed. It included Iris Slappendel (Cervelo Test Team) Kimberley Anderson and Adrie Visser (HTC Columbia), Madeline Sandig (Norris Cycling) and Alessandra D'Ettorre (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo). The lead group managed a maximum gap if 8 seconds before the gap was closed by the Ukrainian rider, Olena Pavlukhina and Lee Jumi (South Korea).
As they approached the second intermediate sprint, Wild was in the better position and crossed the line first ahead of Teutenberg and Becker. This meant that Wild was 2 points and 1 second on General Classification ahead of Teutenberg.
With only 4 laps and 29km of racing left the pace in the peloton was extremely high. Judith Arndt (HTC Columbia) was on the front of the bunch but it did not stop the Chinese Giant Proc Cycling and South Korean teams from trying to attack. They did not manage it and the race stayed together to the third and final intermediate sprint. With 3km to go to the final sprint, New Zealander, Catherine Cheately suffered a puncture. Her team dropped back to help her and managed to get her back into the bunch but not in time to contest the sprint.
Needing valuable sprint bonus points and time, Teutenberg ensured she was the first to cross the line, ahead of Wild and again Becker.
There was an immediate counter attack after the sprint, Gao Min (Giant Pro Cycling) Morita Masami (Japan) tried to attack but there was an immediate reation from the peloton.
The final 10km was flat straight and fast and controlled by the big teams, HTC Columbia, Cervelo Test Team, Australia, Norris Cycline and Top Girls Fassa Bortolo were all evident on the front, controlling the pace. At the bell, the bunch were all together. With 2km to go, HTC Columbia and Cervelo Test Team were jostling for position to bring their sprinters to the line. It was extremely tight on the line. Teutenberg and Wild were neck and neck and it needed the photo finish to decide the outcome.
additional bonus seconds for the final sprint Teutenberg secured victory for
her team. Choi Hye Kyeong from
the South Korea National Team won the Best Asian Rider on the Individual
Classification and Cervelo won the Team Competition competition only by
virtue of the final position of Wild and Becker..
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC Columbia) was very happy with her own and her teams performance on the final day of racing, “We won, we won, "said Teutenberg into her microphone on hearing the confirmation of the result. "As you could see there is not much difference between Kirsten and myself. It was a hard fight. Kirsten won the second sprint and I won the third, when it is tight like today, you can't let it go. I knew I had to win the final sprint. It isn't a nice game having to think about all the seconds on offer, but the team did a great job from 2km to get me to the line," she added.
won by centimetres, it was so close I actually thought I hadn't got it.
Normally you can tell when you've won, but this time we had to wait
until it was confirmed.
whole stage was a tough battle, it was so flat it was hard to make any kind
of difference. Kirsten got an intermediate sprint, and I got another, so we
were tied on time. When I went for it at the end, she went for it too and it
was a drag race right to the finish."
Wild (Cervelo Test Team) was understandably disappointed not to
have won the overall, but optimistic about her form and finally getting
closer to Teutenberg in the sprints, "It was a great team job
today. Ina is so strong, we tried all we could do and it was just
millimetres," said Wild.
"We were not really racing for the teams classification, the team were working to protect me. So to come third overall is a really great achievement," added Gilmore.
Presti (Top Girsl Fassa Bortolo) chatted about the success of the
team this week. They had two riders in the top 10, Marta Tagliaferro and
Alessandra D'Ettorre and secured second in the team competition only missing
out by virtue of Kirtsen Wild's first place. "This is very good
for our team. Today we knew that we had to finish in the top group to have a
chance to win. We are on the same time as Cervelo but they got first. It has
been a good week for us, " said Presti.
Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand) punctured just before the last of the intermediate sprint. Her team mates stayed back to chase her back to the bunch, using up valuable energy but they got her back in. Cheatley was not disappointed with the teams performance over the three days, "It was bad timing, but the girls did a great job to bring me back. We have a few young girls here and it is a bit different to racing back at home for them. They have been doing really well and gaining lots of valuable experience. We have some riders across all disciplines in New Zealand and it was great to get an invitation to races like this," said Cheatley.
Ronny Lauke (Team Director - HTC Columbia) was extremely happy with the teams performance, "It was a great team victory today. All the girls wanted to make the victory happen. The first priority was the stage win but of course we knew that when we won the stage we would win the overall. They all fought really hard to make it happen. Of course if was close in the end but we won and that is all that matters."
"Tactically, we wanted to make the race aggressively, that suites our style of racing. After a couple of attacks though we realised that it wasn't going to happen and it was affecting the power output too much. We realised that we had to save everything for the final 2km and the girls made it happen," said Lauke.
Martin Barras (Team Director - Australia) is building a team for the future of Australian cycling, but it is nice to get some recognition and results now. Rochelle Gilmore is one of the senior Australian riders recruited to help the younger riders develop and her third place overall and the teams third place in the Team's competition is good for Australia. " We set a goal at the beginning of the year to develop a team of riders. We brought Rochelle here with the hope that we could get a good result and her third place and our third overall is a great achievement. For us the whole year has been about trying to do things well as a team, rather than just doing things individually. I think you have seen an extension of that with the three days of racing here. It is quite a good race. I have never been here before and I know that the standard of racing is better than in previous years. It has been a very positive experience for us and I am very pleased about that," said Barras.
Sprint Competition - Top 10 - Click here for full result
Asian Rider Classification - Top 10 - Click here for full result
Full Teams Classification - Top 10 - Click here for full result
Asian Teams Classification
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