24th Emakumeen Bira 2011
Orduna - Ordnua, 122 km
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-HighRoad) opened everyone's lungs at kilometre zero (the end of the neutralised section) just outside Orduna on Sunday. She was quickly reeled in by the attentive peloton, but the scene was set. This was to be another aggressive stage from HTC women.
Next, a small attack including Emilia Fahlin gained a small advantage, but again, was not allowed much time by the peloton, including the ever-attentive Nederland Bloeit team who were protecting the race leader, Marianne Vos.
Finally, the elastic was broken by Katie Colclough (HTC-HighRoad). The Briton escaped solo and was allowed to stay away until the first major climb of the day, when she was caught by a small group. This small group became the break for the day, working together over the remaining cols and causing pain for Nederland Bloeit, who worked at the front for much of the stage to limit the group's gain. The Garmin team were also evident at the front, working for Emma Pooley, who began the day 50 seconds behind Vos on General Classification.
Within the group were, [caught rider, Colclough], Sara Mustonen (Hitec Products), Amanda Spratt (Australia), Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto), Lucinda Brand (AA Drink), Oxana Kozonchuk (Diadora Pasta Zara), Kaat Hannes (Topsport Vlaanderen 2012), Valentina Scandolara (Gauss Rdz Ormu) and Silvia Valsecchi (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi).
The group stayed away until the final kilometres of the race. The final climb was a continuous ascent to the top of a plateau above Orduna. They reached the ten kilometres to go point with twenty seconds advantage over the peloton. The descent to Orduna was steep and technical, with several tight, hairpin bends. Olga Zabelinskaya (Diadora Pasta Zara) shot down first with what Marianne Vos described as "turbo" descending, which the Dutchwoman followed. The group was caught during the descent by Vos as well as, notably, other GC contenders, Judith Arndt (HTC-HighRoad) and Emma Johansson (Hitec Products) . Only the final kilometre was flat and it was Vos who took control in the last 200 metres to win the stage and the 2011 Emakumeen Bira.
Speaking to WomensCycling.net briefly after the stage, Marianne Vos said that she "had to win today, for my team-mates." acknowledging the work they'd done for her throughout the stage and the race. Katie Colclough (HTC-HighRoad) finished alone 24 seconds after Vos and was awarded the Most Aggressive jersey for the stage. Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto) took the mountains jersey for the race, Sarah Mustonen (Hitec Products), the sprinter's jersey and Elisa Longo (Top Girls) was the best young rider. Eneritz Iturriaga (Lointek) was the best regional rider. Garmin won the team prize.
Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result
1. VOS, Marianne NLB 3:28:45
2. ARNDT, Judith TCW
3. JOHANSSON, Emma HPU
4. FERRIER, Christel GAU
5. ZABELINSKAIA, Olga DPZ
6. WHITELAW, Vicki LHT @04
7. KAPUSTA, Sylwia GAU @ 04
8. SCANDOLARA, Valentina GAU @ 06
9. DE VRIES, Marijn LNL @ 15
10. COLCLOUGH, Katie TCW @ 24
11. MOOLMAN, Ashleigh LHT @ 29
12. WORRACK, Trixi LNL @ 30
13. GILLOW, Shara AUS @ 30
14. POOLEY, Emma CWT @ 30
15. VAN DEN BROEK, Irene LNL @ 33
General Classification Top 15 - click here to see full GC
1. VOS, Marianne NLB 10:56:42
2. JOHANSSON, Emma HPU @01:00
3. ARNDT, Judith TCW @ 01:12
4. POOLEY, Emma CWT @ 01:20
5. WORRACK, Trixi LNL @ 01:58
6. MOOLMAN, Ashleigh LHT @ 02:30
7. FERRIER, Christel GAU @ 02:34
8. BATAGELJ, Polona BPD @ 02:39
9. ZABELINSKAIA, Olga DPZ @ 02:57
10. BERLATO, Elena TOG @ 03:17
11. WHITELAW, Vicki LHT @ 03:18
12. KAPUSTA, Sylwia GAU @ 03:19
13. VILLUMSEN, Linda LNL @ 03:26
14. LAWS, Sharon CWT @ 03:36
15. GILLOW, Shara AUS @ 03:39
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