Route De France 2010
Stage 5 - Vos wins 5th stage, van Vleuten holds lead.
Luxeuil Les Bains - Saint Die Des Vosges 110.9 km
Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloiet) won the four up sprint on stage 5 of the Route de France. Team mate Annemiek van Vleuten was second ahead of Judith Arndt (HTC Columbia). The talented young British rider Lizzi Armitstead (Cervelo Test Team) was fourth.
The attacks, started early with Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC Columbia) making a solo break that saw her gain a maximum advantage of 2 minutes 55 seconds, before she was caught first by two lone chasers, Shara Gillow (Australia) and Beatrice Thomas (Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion). Then on the slopes of the Col de Mon Repos the rest of the peloton closed in.
Teutenberg sat up just as the climb steepened and the peloton was all together by the time they reached the summit. Despite a number of attempts to get away from the top teams, it was Nederland Bloiet who managed to get away on the decent of the final climb.
With only 10km remaining, on the decent of the Côtes de Sauceray, Loes Gunniwijk, Vos and van Vleuten attacked. The trio quickly gained a small advantage however they were chased, first by Armitstead, then by Arndt.
On the run in to the last 5km, four riders remained to fight out for the win; Vos, van Vleuten, Armitstead and Arndt.
In the all up sprint from 500m, Vos managed to get a gap on her team mate van Vleuten and Arndt.
van Vleuten stays in the leaders jersey ahead of Arndt. Armitstead has a strong lead in the Young rider competition. Teutenberg was awarded the most combative jersey for her lone attack.
Zemke, (Sports Director Cervelo Test Team) had mixed feeling
after the stage, "During today's stage three riders were in the
lead including Ina Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia). Our riders were pretty
relaxed in the bunch and concentrated on the last 35 km with two
climbs," said Zemke. "At the end, a group of six
riders arrived at the finish the only one from our team was Lizzie
Armitstead who finished in fourth. Behind her we tried to defend the team
competition but were not successful as Nederland Bloeit was stronger so our
compliments to them. Tomorrow we will try to win the last stage and with the
strong competition we will ride aggressively to give us the best chance for
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