Giro Di Toscana 2010
Stage 6 - Bronzini wins final sprint, Arndt wins overall
Quarrata - Firenze 106.9km
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.
(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."
Full result to come
1 Giorgia Bronzini
2 Marianne Vos
3 Kirsten Wild
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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