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Stage 2 - Photofinish, Bronzini wins, Teutenberg retains maglia rosa

Porcari - Montecarlo Altopascio, 124km 

Race Writeup

There were two stories on this second stage. Firstly, the photo finish, which took twenty minutes of deliberation before the official announcement. After a break by Valentina Bastianelli (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo), which was eventually joined by Sarah Duester (Cervelo Test Team), the circuit of Altopascio was not enough to slow the HTC Columbia women as they chased the pair. The race leader's team brought it all together for a sprint finish with just a couple of kilometres to go. 

Ina-Yoko Tetuenberg (HTC-Columbia), the 'maglia rosa', launched for the line on the slightly uphill finish which Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss RDZ) likes so much (a winner, 2006 and 2009) but could not hold off the lunge from behind by the Italian. It was very close and took the judges a long time to decide. The sprinters crossed the line and then exchanged wry smiles, they didn't know who had won. After careful deliberation, the victory was given to Bronzini, whilst Teutenberg kept her race lead.

On a more sober note, Claudia Hausler (Cervelo Test Team) suffered serious head injuries in a crash. The ex-German Champion was initially taken to hospital in Lucca, where she was treated for, it was feared, life-threatening injuries. She was later transferred to a specialist unit for head injuries in Pisa. Unofficial reports late in the evening are that she is now in a serious, but stable condition and does not currently require surgery. Thoughts are with Claudia and her family at this difficult time. UPDATE  A team press release gives much more positive news - that Claudia is conscious and will remain in hospital 'just' for observation for a few days. Further updates indicate that Hausler is doing well and although under observation, should be well enough to travel home to Germany at the weekend.  More here

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 Giorgia Bronzini   Gauss RDZ Ormu 3:12:55
2 Ina Teutenberg   HTC Columbia Women "
3 Kirsten Wild   Cervelo TestTeam "
4 Marianne Vos   Nederland Bloeit "
5 Emma Johansson   Sweden "
6 Lucy Martin   Great Britain "
7 Kirsty Broun   Team System Data "
8 Monia Baccaille   Team Valdarno "
9 Rasa Leleivyte   Safi - Pasta Zara "
10 Julia Martisova   Gauss RDZ Ormu "

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name  Team Time/Gap
1 Ina Teutenberg   HTC Columbia Women 3:19:10
2 Judith Arndt   HTC Columbia Women 0:00:06
3 Adrie Visser   HTC Columbia Women "
4 Emilia Fahlin   HTC Columbia Women "
5 Linda Melanie Villumsen   HTC Columbia Women "
6 Noemi Cantele   HTC Columbia Women "
7 Evelyn Stevens   HTC Columbia Women "
8 Kirsten Wild   Cervelo TestTeam 0:00:13
9 Charlotte Becker   Cervelo TestTeam 0:00:17
10 Sarah Düster   Cervelo TestTeam "

 

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