Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira 2010
Stage 3- Nicole Cooke won Stage 3 TT, Arndt in yellow
Elorrio - Elgueta (ITT) 5.9 km
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.
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
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