Route De France 2010
Stage 1- Ina-Yoko Teutenberg wins stage 1, van Vleuten takes lead.
Guingamp - Locmine : 116.4 km
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC Columbia) secured her 21st victory of the season in a mass sprint into Locmine. Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss RDZ Ormu) was second ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (Nederland Bloiet).
It was anticipated that the fist stage would come down to a bunch sprint and despite attempts to for a break, this was how it ended.
The top teams controlled any attacks and ensured that they could bring their sprinters to the finish together.
Nederland Bloiet's van Vleuten moved herself into the overall lead after her third place finish, the team also lead the Team competition. Lizzi Armitstead (Cervelo Test Team) holds the Young rider
her twenty-first victory of the season on Monday when she crossed the line
ahead of the field to win stage one of the Route de France. Teutenberg
was the fastest on the 116.4-kilometre stage from Guingamp to Locmine which
saw lots of different attacks before the race finally came together.
"I wanted to lead out Adrie [Visser, HTC-Columbia] for the sprint but I
actually went too hard with 300 metres go and we lost contact,"
Teutenberg said later. "I ended up closing a gap on some other riders,
and then could hold off [Giorgia] Bronzini [of Italy] to get the win. It was
a pretty flat finish, fairly straightforward, but I didn't feel too great
doing the sprint. The sprint hurt a lot more than it usually does.
I haven't raced since the Giro and I was suffering a lot on that last hill.
I was about to get dropped."
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