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25th International Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen

 

 

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Stage 1 - Teutenberg wins opening stage

Neustadt/Orla, 114.1km

Race Writeup

 Ina-Yoko 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.  

The first stage started in Neustadt an der Orla and completed a loop out to the climbs before completing a final 24km loopback to Neustadt.  

Conditions 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.

Typical 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. .
 
As the peloton approached Gertewitz the rain started and the tempo dropped. A caution peloton were steady on the descents.
 
At the first of the climbs at Pößneck, Claudia Häusler (Orica AIS) was just ahead of Hanka Kupfernagel (RusVelo) and Sharon Laws (AA Drink).

At 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.  

After 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 racing.
 
At the head of the race the main peloton approached the first sprint classification. AA Drink led out Lizzie Armitstead, second was Judith Arndt (Orica AIS) and third the 2011 winner Emma Johansson (Hitec- Mistral).
 

After 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).

With 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).  

Over 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.  

Specialized Lululemon was very active on the front of the race to ensure there were no other escapes.  

As the bunch approached the final climb, Lucy Martin (AA Drink) crashed but she was able to recover quickly and get back into the bunch.
 
Probably the steepest of the climbs, the third split the bunch. Kupfernagel (RusVelo) crossed first and secured the Mountain leader jersey.
After 80km of racing, Emma Johansson (Hitec- Mistral) attacked and as the rain fell she managed to gain a small lead. A few riders bridged across to Johansson and formed a leading group.  

Claudia 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.

With 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.  

At 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.  

Johansson 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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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap Bonus
1 TEUTENBERG, Ina-Yoko SLU 3.08'19"   10"  
2 VISSER, Adrie SKI " 6"  
3 JOHANSSON, Emma HPU " 11"  
4 TAGLIAFERRO, Marta MCG "   
5 WORRACK, Trixi SLU "   
6 PIETERS, Amy SKI "   
7 ARNDT, Judith GEW " 2"  
8 ARMITSTEAD, Elizabeth LNL " 3"  
9 LONGO BORGHINI, Elisa HPU "   
10 DÜSTER, Sarah RBW "   

 

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 JOHANSSON, Emma HPU 3.13'07"  
2 KUPFERNAGEL, Hanka RUS 3"  
3 ARNDT, Judith GEW 4"  
4 ARMITSTEAD, Elizabeth LNL 5"  
5 TEUTENBERG, Ina-Yoko SLU 9"  
6 WORRACK, Trixi SLU 11"  
7 PIETERS, Amy SKI 15"  
8 VISSER, Adrie SKI 16"  
9 KOZONCHUK, Oksana BPK 20"  
10 DÜSTER, Sarah RBW 21"  

 

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