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Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira 2010

 

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Stage 3- Nicole Cooke won Stage 3 TT, Arndt in yellow

Elorrio - Elgueta (ITT) 5.9 km

Race Writeup

Nicole Cooke (GBR) rode fastest in the difficult conditions to win the Stage 3 individual TT from Elorrio to Elgueta. Judith Arndt (HTC Columbia) finished second, which put her ahead of Claudia Hausler (Cervelo Test Team) to take the leaders jersey. Hausler, who finished well in the short but challenging individual time trial on stage 3 could not match the speed of Cooke or Arndt. Marianne Vos (Netherland Bloiet) finished third, 25 seconds behind.

 

The course, which started in Elorrio, started relatively flat for the first half a kilometre, then climbed an average of 9.36% for the next 2.6km before levelling out for the final part of the stage to finish 200m higher in the small town of Elgueta. Conditions were as they have been for the last two days of racing, poor, visibility was difficult and the roads were tricky in the heavy rain. This did not deter the Britain as she finished 15 seconds ahead of Arndt and Vos

Arndt starts the second race of the day in the leaders jersey. The conditions will make the second race, Iurreta to Zuia a 78.7 km very tricky on the tough course. 

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Post Race Comments

Rony Lauke (HTC Columbia Team Manager) had confidence in Judith Arndt's ability to clinch the yellow jersey, "Judith won this short uphill time trial stage in last year's Bira so she was feeling confident, but she had to change tactics this time because the course was very different," said HTC-Columbia team manager Ronny Lauke.  "It was much steeper for the first two kilometres compared with last year's climb.  She decided to go all out early on and then try and hold her pace for the second part of the ascent.  Her strategy worked out well, and now we've got the lead."

Lauke says the HTC-Columbia riders will give their utmost to ensure Arndt wins the Bira for a second year running, but warns that there are two difficult stages left to race.  "Sunday is by far the hardest challenge.  It's 130 kilometres long and has four classified climbs. Plus the weather isn't getting any better.  Hausler's closest so she's the biggest threat  in theory.  But Judith has good form at the moment and the whole team is very motivated. We'll be giving it 100 percent."

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 Nicole Cooke   Great Britain 0:15:09
2 Judith Arndt   HTC Columbia Women 0:00:15
3 Marianne Vos   Nederland Bloeit 0:00:25
4 Claudia Hausler   Cervelo TestTeam 0:00:27
5 Emma Johansson   Redsun Cycling Team 0:00:34
6 Annemiek Van Vleuten   Nederland Bloeit 0:00:37
7 Ashleigh Moolman   Lotto Ladies Team 0:00:39
8 Valentina Carretta   Fassa Bortolo-Ghezzi 0:00:55
9 Loes Gunnewijk   Nederland Bloeit 0:01:05
10 Patricia Schwager   Cervelo TestTeam 0:01:06

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

 

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 Judith Arndt   HTC Columbia Women 5:44:37
2 Claudia Hausler   Cervelo TestTeam 12
3 Marianne Vos   Nederland Bloeit 1:57
4 Emma Johansson   Redsun Cycling Team 2:06
5 Annemiek Van Vleuten   Nederland Bloeit 2:11
6 Nicole Cooke   Great Britain 2:13
7 Eleonora Patuzzo   Safi - Pasta Zara 2:41
8 Loes Gunnewijk   Nederland Bloeit 2:42
9 Vicki Whitelaw   Lotto Ladies Team 2:42
10 Martine Bras   Gauss RDZ Ormu 3:09

 

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Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

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