Giro Di Toscana 2010
Stage 2 - Photofinish, Bronzini wins, Teutenberg retains maglia rosa
Porcari - Montecarlo Altopascio, 124km
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
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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