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23rd Tour de L’Aude Cycliste Feminin Stage 3 - 5
 
By Staff
Date: 5/23/2007
23rd Tour de L’Aude Cycliste Feminin Stage 3 - 5
 

23rd Tour de L’Aude Cycliste Feminin Stage 3 - 5
Marianne Vos (DSB) won her 3rd stage in this event by winning the 4th stage.  Italian champion Fabiana Luperini (Menikini) won the mountain stage, stage 5. Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) remains in the lead.

By Bart Hazen

Stage 3: Lezignan Corbières - Lezignan Corbières , 122 km
The 3rd stage in the Tour de L’Aude was one over 122 km between Lezignan Corbieres and Lezignan Corbieres. In this stage the peloton broke up into several parts. The first part of the bunch contained all the favorites except of Tour de Berne winner Edita Pucinskaite, twice Tour de L’Aude winner Amber Neben and T-Mobile sprinter Ina Yoko Teutenberg.

The first group 45 riders. The stage ended up in a field sprint and World Champion Marianne Vos  took the line honors again. For Vos it’s her 2nd stage win this Tour. Angela Brodtka was 2nd and Marina Jaunatre 3rd.

The 2nd bunch with Neben, Pucinskaite and Teutenberg lost 1.46. Due to this there chances for a good GC are for 90% gone. Judith Arndt remains in the overall lead with 1 sec. on her team mate Linda Villumsen and 10 sec. on Susanne Ljungskog.

23rd Tour de L’Aude Cycliste Feminin Stage 3
122 km 37,729 kmh
1 78 VOS Marianne DSB 3 14 1 10
2 62 BRODTKA Angéla GER à 0 6
3 27 JAUNATRE Marina FRA à 0 4

4 21 KIESANOWSKI Joanne RLT à 0 3
5 70 HENNES Tanja BCT à 0 3
6 65 KUPFERNAGEL Hanka GER à 0
7 64 KASPER Romy GER à 0
8 37 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana FEN à 0
9 85 MARTISSOVA Julia FRW à 0 2
10 73 BOSMAN Andrea DSB à 0

11 9 DE GOEDE Suzanne TMP à 0
12 4 LJUNGSKOG Susanne FLX à 0
13 2 GUNNEWILJK Loes FLX à 0
14 19 DOPPMAN Priska RLT à 0
15 20 DÜSTER Sarah RLT à 0
16 58 VAN DEN BRAND Daphn NED à 0
17 40 KOZONCHUK Oxana FEN à 0
18 87 KUCHINSKAYA Eléna FRW à 0
19 103 TUSLAITE Daiva LTU à 0
20 32 CORNEO Sigrid MSG à 0
Full Result

G.C. Ranking after stage 3:
1 8 ARNDT Judith TMP 7 15 30
2 11 VILLUMSEN Linda TMP à 1
3 4 LJUNGSKOG Susanne FLX à 10
4 7 ANDERSON Kim TMP à 18
5 2 GUNNEWILJK Loes FLX à 21
6 13 BECKER Charlotte NUR à 34
7 18 WORRACK Trixi NUR à 37
8 21 KIESANOWSKI Joanne RLT à 44
9 19 DOPPMAN Priska RLT à 45
10 20 DÜSTER Sarah RLT à 46

11 72 ZABIROVA Zoulfia BCT à 54
12 71 THURIG Andrea BCT à 55
13 78 VOS Marianne DSB à 56
14 65 KUPFERNAGEL Hanka GER à 56
15 68 BRANDLI Nicole BCT à 59
16 66 SONTHEIMER Alexandra GER à 1 7
17 27 JAUNATRE Marina FRA à 1 20
18 73 BOSMAN Andrea DSB à 1 29
19 9 DE GOEDE Suzanne TMP à 1 30
20 37 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana FEN à 1 32
Full Result

Stage 4: Castelnaudary - Castelnaudary, 107 km
The 4th stage in the Tour de L’Aude from Castelnaudary to Castelnaudary over 107 km ended up in a bunch sprint. For the 3rd time this week it’s Marianne Vos who takes the win. T-Mobiles Judith Arndt followed for 2nd and Raleigh/Life Force's Joanne Kiesanowski 3rd. Judith Arndt, who took over the jersey of Vos in the TTT, remains in the lead.

Team Express.com Report
A long day in the Saddle for the North American Team

A disappointing day for Team expresscopy.com on day four of racing in the Tour de l'Aude. The technical 107km around Castelnaudary started off well with Meshy Holt attacking off the front twice in the first 15km, and making an attempt for points in the first sprint at the 18km mark that came at the top of a steep climb.

Approaching the 30km mark, identified by a steep descent into a sharp corner, a group of 45 riders rolled off the front of the bunch and "disappeared down the road", crossing the finish line 15minutes up on the rest of the riders. Unfortunately Team expresscopy.com was not represented in the lead group, which eventually saw Marianne Vos cross the line first.

"It was a long day in the laughing group, and it wasn't very funny", said Meshy Holt after the race. Discussing the day's effort Team expresscopy.com are tired but remain positive and realistic about where they are coming from and where they are going. "The racing is so different to riding at home," said Jessica, "you have to ignore the fact that you are vulnerable out there, I think we are still a little tentative, slightly more cautious than the other riders". A sentiment the rest of the Team agrees on.

Director Sportif, Jeff Alexander is optimistic, " the more racing we do over here the better, already the girls are descending faster, their leg speed has increased and they are doing better with positioning, I think if they were more comfortable with the style of riding they all would have made the cut today, they certainly have the  capability, and the experience they are gaining in this Tour is invaluable".

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jessica who got a call for a random test and had to pee in a cup on her birthday! Sorry Jess, you will have to save the celebrating for when you get home!!
http://www.teamexpresscopy.com/hm/

Stage 4 Result
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Team DSB Bank 3.00.52
2 Judith Arndt (Ger) T-Mobile Team - Women
3 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team

4 Julia Martisova (Rus) FRW - Gauss
5 Tanja Hennes (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team
6 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Menikini - Gysko
7 Olga Slyusareva (Rus) Fenixs - HPB
8 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint
9 Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (Den) Menikini - Gysko
10 Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Lithuania
11 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany
12 Marina Jaunatre (Fra) France
13 Karine Gautard (Fra) France
14 Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) FRW - Gauss
15 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand
16 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs - HPB
17 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
18 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) T-Mobile Team - Women
19 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
20 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) France
21 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
22 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
23 Georgina Waibl (NZl) New Zealand
24 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
25 Kimberly Anderson (USA) T-Mobile Team - Women
26 Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint
27 Serena Sheridan (NZl) New Zealand
28 Sarah Düster (Ger) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
29 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint
30 Andrea Graus (Aut) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung

Stage 5: Osseja - Osseja, 110 km
Fabiana Luperini wins with 2:16
The 5th stage from Osseja to Osseja over 110 km is a real mountain stage over several climbs. Italian National Champion, and a former winner of the Giro Donne and the Tour de L’Aude 1998. won this tough stage with a big advantage on the others. Claudia Häusler, a talented climbing rider, finished 2nd at 2.16 while Maryline Salvetat (World Champion Cyclocross 2007) finished 3rd. Judith Arndt and Trixi Worrack completed the top 5.

After 5 stages Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) still leads the general ranking. She has an advantage of 18 sec. on Susanne Ljungskog, 43 sec. on Trixi Worrack, 1.08 on Nicole Brändli and 1.10 on Priska Doppmann who completed the top 5.

Stage 5 Results
1 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Menikini - Gysko 3.15.12 (33.81 km/h)
2 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 2.16
3 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) France 2.27

4 Judith Arndt (Ger) T-Mobile Team - Women 2.31
5 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
6 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint
7 Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint 2.33
8 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
9 Marianne Vos (Ned) Team DSB Bank 2.47
10 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
11 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
12 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Team DSB Bank 2.52

13 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Menikini - Gysko 7.16
14 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs - HPB
15 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
16 Julia Martisova (Rus) FRW - Gauss
17 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany
18 Christelle Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Les Pruneaux D'Agen
19 Marina Jaunatre (Fra) France
20 Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) FRW - Gauss 7.20
21 Kimberly Anderson (USA) T-Mobile Team - Women 7.23
22 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand
24 Andrea Graus (Aut) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung

25 Sarah Düster (Ger) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 12.25
26 Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Fenixs - HPB
27 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
28 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint
29 Marlyn Brinnendijk (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
30 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) T-Mobile Team - Women

Ranking after stage 5
1 Judith Arndt (Ger) T-Mobile Team - Women 13.33.56
2 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint 0.18
3 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.43

4 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team 1.08
5 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 1.10
6 Marianne Vos (Ned) Team DSB Bank 1.11
7 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Team DSB Bank 1.59

8 Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint 2.04
9 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 2.48
10 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) France 3.01

11 Kimberly Anderson (USA) T-Mobile Team - Women 5.19
12 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 5.34
13 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany 5.50
14 Marina Jaunatre (Fra) France 6.14
15 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs - HPB 6.26
16 Julia Martisova (Rus) FRW - Gauss 6.30
17 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Menikini - Gysko 6.37

18 Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) FRW - Gauss 7.05
19 Andrea Graus (Aut) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 7.25
20 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand 7.26
21 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint 10.24
22 Sarah Düster (Ger) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 10.49
23 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) T-Mobile Team - Women 11.33
24 Serena Sheridan (NZl) New Zealand 14.17

25 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 16.13
26 Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (Den) Menikini - Gysko 16.18
27 Tanja Slater (GBr) Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 19.52
28 Debby Van De Berg (Ned) Global Racing Team 21.09
29 Andrea Thürig (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team 21.12
30 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Menikini - Gysko 21.57
 

 
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