Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira 2010
Stage 2 - Judith Arndt wins Stage 2
- Lekeitio 112.4 km
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.
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
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
Zara) had a 4 minute lead
over the rest of the peloton.
(HTC - Columbia Women) and Claudia HÃ¤usler (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
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.
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."
“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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