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Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira 2010

 

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Stage 2 -  Judith Arndt wins Stage 2

Lekeitio - Lekeitio 112.4 km

Race Writeup

HTC-Columbia's Judith Arndt has taken her first win of the 2010 season in stage two, ahead of Claudia Hausler (Cervelo Test Team). The sprint for third was won by Emma Johansson (Redsun Cycling Team) from Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit) and Martine Bras (Gauss Rdz Ormu)

Arndt's win, is a good omen for the rider. Arndt returned to racing in 2009 after a serious fracture to capture the overall race and again secure her first victory of the year. The Cervelo Test Team will be working hard to ensure the 2009 result is not repeated. With Hausler in Yellow after two stages, the team will certainly be working hard to ensure they maintain the overall away from HTC Columbia and Arndt.

From sea level to the mountains, Stage 2 proved, as predicted, to be one of the toughest days of racing so far. In driving rain for most of the ace the peloton had to overcome many climbs. 

Race leader, Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit) worked hard to stay in the breaks all day. she was in an early break of three riders but the big teams ensured that it did not stay away and was caught on one of base of one of the hardest climbs. At the Cat 2 climb at Lekoitz, a break formed in the bunch. Emma Johansson (Redsun Cycling Team) led the break on a climb, with Arndt on her wheel. Vos managed to bridge the gap with two team mates and Martine Bras (Gauss).

By the time the leaders reached the Mendexa, 3rd cat climb after 70.6km of racing, a lead group, that included Vos, Annemiek Van Vleuten and Loes Gunnewijk  (Nederland Bloeit), Arndt, Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto), Johansson, Hausler, Bras (Gauss), Nicole Cooke (GBR) and Eleonora Patuzzo (SAFI Pasta Zara) had a 4 minute lead over the rest of the peloton.

Judith Arndt (HTC - Columbia Women) and Claudia Häusler (Cervelo Test Team) broke away together after on the final assent of the Lekoitz climb. Together the pair worked hard to form a break and take the advantage away from Vos and her team mates.  

With just 20km to go Hausler and Arndt were truly on their own. At the finish, Arndt outsprinted her rival at the finish to take the win ahead of Hausler. Second place secured the overall lead albeit on equal time with Arndt.

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Post Race Comments

Ronny Lauke (HTC-Columbia team manager) was very happy with the victory making it 20 for the team so far this year. "This is a really important win for Judith on a lot of levels because she had a really difficult 2009 season with a lot of setbacks and injuries," commented Lauke.  "But she got second in a World Cup race in Spain recently, and that was a sign that her form was on the way up again.  It wasn't an easy win. Today's stage was very difficult, with five classified climbs and narrow, twisting roads, and most of the day it rained, too.  But she got away with Hausler on that climb and they stayed away to the finish with over 90 seconds on the chasing group."

Saturday's stage has two sectors, the first a short but difficult uphill time trial which Lauke says could be decisive for the race.  "With Judith clearly in good shape, we can be optimistic about it. But whatever happens, today's win is a great moment for her and for the team."

Egon van Kessel (Sports Director, Cervelo Test Team) new his team had a chance today to move into yellow, “It was a very hard stage today, right from the beginning, besides the fact that the stage started very late, which is another story altogether. Right from the start it was Marianne Vos (NED) from Nederland Bloeit who set a very, very hard pace, though after 50km she was chased back to the bunch,” explained van Kessel. “Then there was a leading group of 10 riders including our Claudia Häusler. Then, because we had some crashes, we ended up with only one of our riders in the lead. Despite this, we still had a good race because we had three other riders in the second group, and with them we managed to put a lot of pressure on Vos’ team who now had three in the lead group of ten.

 “Finally in the last long climb, Claudia Häusler together with Judith Arndt (GER) attacked and they had a gap of two minutes at the end. Though Arndt won the stage Claudia now wears the yellow jersey. So we are in a good position going into the time trail tomorrow. If we can win the time trial with Claudia, then we can also win the overall. I must say we were not so lucky today with 3 crashes and I hope the riders can recover before tomorrow. In the morning we have the time trial and in the afternoon a normal road stage.”

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 Judith Arndt   HTC Columbia Women 3:15:06
2 Claudia Hausler   Cervelo TestTeam "
3 Emma Johansson   Redsun Cycling Team 0:01:47
4 Marianne Vos   Nederland Bloeit "
5 Martine Bras   Gauss RDZ Ormu "
6 Vicki Whitelaw   Lotto Ladies Team "
7 Eleonora Patuzzo   Safi - Pasta Zara "
8 Annemiek Van Vleuten   Nederland Bloeit 0:01:49
9 Loes Gunnewijk   Nederland Bloeit 0:01:52
10 Nicole Cooke   Great Britain 0:02:28

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

 

Position Name  Team Time/Gap
1 Claudia Hausler   Cervelo TestTeam 5:29:13
2 Judith Arndt   HTC Columbia Women "
3 Marianne Vos   Nederland Bloeit 0:01:47
4 Emma Johansson   Redsun Cycling Team "
5 Martine Bras   Gauss RDZ Ormu "
6 Vicki Whitelaw   Lotto Ladies Team "
7 Eleonora Patuzzo   Safi - Pasta Zara "
8 Annemiek Van Vleuten   Nederland Bloeit 0:01:49
9 Loes Gunnewijk   Nederland Bloeit 0:01:52
10 Nicole Cooke   Great Britain 0:02:28

 

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