25th International Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
Stage 2 - Teutenberg does the double
Schleiz, 103.7km (Revised 112km)
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-lululemon) won her second consecutive stage at Thuringen Rundfahrt. Teutenberg won the sprint from a group of 24 riders who came to the line together after 112km stage in Schleiz. Emma Johansson (Hitec) was second ahead of Judith Arndt (Orica-AIS)
Conditions were sunny, warm 22 degrees Celsius and windy at the start of stage 2, Rund um Schliez. A late route change added an extra 10.5km on the stage.
the start of the race, overnight leader Emma Johansson (Hitec-Mistral) held
a 3 second lead ahead of local Hanka Kupfernagel (RusVelo) and 4 seconds
ahead of Judith Arndt (Orica AIS).
stage had three climbs and two sprints all with extra bonus seconds
available. 105 riders started stage 2.
on,Hitec – Mistral took control of the race early on but with only 4
riders they could not control it for the entire race. At the first climb at
Harra, Valentina Carretta
(Mcipollini Giambenini) led ahead of Claudia Häusler (Orica AIS) and Petra
Dijkman (Kleo Ladies).
1.5 hours of racing the first sprint was won by Lizzy Armitstead (AA
Drink)ahead of Johansson and Kupfernagel. They created a small gap on the
bunch but it was soon back together.
the parcours went up, the field started to pull apart.
After 50km of racing, Liesbet De Vocht (Rabo Women) attacked
and quickly gained a 40 seconds lead.
With 20km left to ride, De Vocht’s margin was falling. At 30 seconds, was soon reduced to 10 before the final climb. After 92km of racing, the escape was over. Hausler led the climb ahead of Marsha Pijnenborg (Dolmans) and Sharon Laws (AA Drink).
teams of AA Drink and Specialized Lululemon took control of the front of the
bunch with 10km to go.
were a number of attacks from the peloton and the high speed caused the
peloton to split. A leading group of 15 riders formed with a smaller chase
group just behind. In the second group, Arndt had to jump to close the gap.
With 3km to go the pace was extremely high. Specialized Lululemon took control and increased the speed. In the closing stages, Teutenberg's teammate, Emilia Fahlin initiated a break which also had Trixi Worrack and Amber Neben in it from Specialized-lululemon. However the break was caught close to the finish. The tight final right hand turn caused a few issues but in the end, Teutenberg was able to jump clear to win her second stage.
Emma Johansson (Hitec-Mistrel)l leads the race going into stage three with a 5 second lead ahead of Arndt and 7 seconds ahead of Teutenberg.
wasn't all that fast today at the beginning but it was hard again because of the
wind and the persistent hills. The sprint was a little scary too but it worked
out well. Adrie [Visser] went flying into the corner and I had to back off but I
managed a good line around the corner and got a gap."
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