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Stage 6 - Bronzini wins final sprint, Arndt wins overall

Quarrata - Firenze  106.9km

Race Writeup

Giorgia Bronzini (Guass RDZ Ormu) won the final stage of the 2010 Giro di Toscana, Judith Arndt HTC-Columbia won the overall Giro di Toscana. Arndt had a problem-free ride on the final stage from Quarrata to Firenze to claim her first overall stage race win since she took the Bira in Spain in June 2009.

The bunch was well controlled by HTC Columbia in defence of the the lead of Arndt. A small lead group formed aftre 30km of racing which included, Charlotte Becker (Cervelo Test Team), Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss) and Maritna Ruzickova (S.C. MICHELA FANINI RECORD ROX). Evelyn Stevens and Emilia Fahlin (HTC Columbia) joined the group to ensure they could protect the postion of their team in the overall classification.. 

Becker decided to attack the group and managed to gain a maximum 40 seconds advantage. However as the kilometres closed in, the bunch gradually brought her back to the group. With the group approaching Michelangelo square,WomensCycling.net - Full Stage 6 results and General Classification - Giro Di Toscana 2010  with 12 km to go, Arndt was at the head of the bunch in control. Second place on general classification Tatiana Antoshina was keeping a close watch on the situation. 

With 5 km to go Trixi Worrack (German National Team (Noris Cycling)  tried to force a solo attack gaining 9 seconds advantage on the group. HTC Columbia stretched the bunch in pursuit of Worrack to protect the lead of Arndt. With 2km to go the bunch were all together and it was Giorgia Bronzini  who got the advantage in the last 100m ahead of Vos and Wild. 

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Post Race Comments

Judith Arndt (HTC Columbia) was very happy with her overall win, "I'm pleased I've won, but what's really nice is that HTC-Columbia has held the leader's jersey from beginning to end, in our last race as a team this season," Arndt said. "First it went to Ina [Yoko Teutenberg] then Noemi had it and finally I got it. Yesterday I wasn't aiming to move into the lead, I was defending Noemi's lead in the breaks, and I had to go with the moves. As a result of that, I ended up in the lead myself."

Arndt said that with her final objective of the  season, the World Championships, coming up fast, an overall stage race win was more than encouraging and a sign of rising form. "It's my first in over a year, I've had a lot of second places so this is a good moment for me. At the same time that the riders here with HTC-Columbia are going to to the World's, so it's nice to see that everybody's in good shape and ready for that, too."

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Full result to come

Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

1      Giorgia Bronzini 

2      Marianne Vos

3     Kirsten Wild

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

1    Judith Arndt    HTC Columbia

2    Tatiana Antoshina                        29"

3    Noemi Cantele                             41" 

4    Tatiana Guderzi                            58" 

5    Emma Johansson                        1' 03"

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