25th International Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
Stage 1 - Teutenberg wins opening stage
Teutenberg (Specialized Lululemon) sprinted to victory ahead of Adrie Visser
(Skil Agos) and Emma Johansson (Hitec) to win the opening stage of the 25th
Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen.
first stage started in Neustadt an der Orla and completed a loop out to the
climbs before completing a final 24km loopback to Neustadt.
were overcast and heavy rain threatened for the stage. The start was delayed
by 20 minutes due to the fact that the race had to cross three railway
crossings and the delay meant avoiding any hold ups for the race.
in the Thuringen region the parcours were lumpy. After 10km the first short
incline of 200 m altitude tested a few of the less experienced riders. .
Ranis a small sharp climb dropped about 20 riders from the main bunch. The
wind had picked up making it hard for them to chase back.
25km of racing the conditions improved a little, this enabled one of the
Mcipollini Giambenini riders to attempt an escape. Again the rain started to
fall, slowing the peloton to an average of 32.5 km / h for the first hour of
the sprint, Rabo Women moved to the front to try to break up the race. A
small group managed to get off the front of the race, Longo Borghini (Hitec
Mistral), Liesbet de Vocht (Rabo Women), Chloe Hosking (Specialized
Lululemon) and Cecchini (Mcipollini Giambenini).
the second of the mountains approaching the four escapees were reeled in.
With 4km to go to the climb, the Ukrainian national team tried to put pressure on the front of the race. Overnight leader, Hanka Kupfernagel (RusVelo) watched the move kept her towards the front of the group. Over the top of the second climb, Häusler (Orica AIS) led ahead of Kupfernagel (RusVelo) and Amber Neben (Specialized Lululemon).
the top of the climb the first three were joined by Joelle Numainville
(Canada), but their attempts to get away were closed down by Hitec.
Lululemon was very active on the front of the race to ensure there were no
the bunch approached the final climb, Lucy Martin (AA Drink) crashed but she
was able to recover quickly and get back into the bunch.
Hausler (Orica AIS), Romy Kasper (VeloRus) Clara Hughes (Specialized),
Oksana Kozonchuk (Be Pink) and Malgorzta Jasinska (Mcipollini Giambenini)
managed to gain a 45 second lead.
20km to go Johansson was trying to drive the break but there was no
consensus in the group. With 15km to go the gap was down to 10 seconds.
10km the gap was closed. An immediate counter attack from Chloe Hosking
(Specialized Lululemon), Sara Mustonen (Hitec) and Marta Bastianelli
(Mcipollini). With 3km to go the main peloton were all together.
tried to go again but the team of Specialized Lululemon closed the gap and
lined up the last 2km perfectly for Ina-Yoko Teutenberg to sprint to victory
ahead of Adrie Visser (Skil Agos) and Johansson.
The sprint time bonuses during the stage and final bonus ensured that Emma Johansson moved into the overall lead.
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