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2008 Women’s Tour de L’Aude : Stages 6 - 9
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 5/25/2008
2008 Women’s Tour de L’Aude : Stages 6 - 9
 

2008 Women’s Tour de L’Aude -  Stages 6 - 9
Sweden's Susanne Ljungskog of Menikini/Selle Italia took the race lead after winning stage 3 in a solo victory gaining 3 minutes, never letting go of the race lead and today's final victory.

The 2008 Women’s Tour de L’Aude started on May 16 and ended today May 25. Known as the "Women's Tour de France" it is one of the toughest stage races for women in the world. Susanne Ljungskog finished off today as the overall winner ahead of German duo, Judith Arndt and Trixi Worrack  Nicole Cooke of the Great Britain National finished fourth and Irene Van den Broek of the AA Drink squad fifth.

Stage 6: Rennes les Baines – Axat, 117 km
The sixth stage in the Tour de L'Aude from Rennes les Baines to Axat was won by Australian Vicky Whitelaw. The stage ended in a three-up sprint with Whitelaw besting Sharon Laws and Regina Bruins. Susanne Ljungskog remained in the overall lead ahead of Judith Arndt and Trixi Worrack.

98 riders took the start in Rennes les Baines. Amanda Spratt (Australia) and Emilie Blanquefort (France) didn't start the stage. Shortly after the start the climbing stared with the category 1 climb the Col de Valmigere. Attrition looked to be the word of the day as the high pace had riders dropping off the back of the peloton. Later most of them would regain their positions in the bunch on the descent.

The first attack of the day came from former Cyclocross World Champion Maryline Salvetat, Olympic Champion Sara Carrigan and Canadian Erinne Willock. But before the second climb the trio of champions were reeled in.

On the Col de la Fage, the second climb of the day, it was German Champion Luise Keller who attacked. But Trixi Worrack's Equipe Nürnberger team went to the front brought the Keller back. Several overall contenders followed the catch and attacked; but race leader Susanne Ljungskog showed her strength by hunting them down immediately. Ljungskog decided to give it a go, and attacked herself but her attempt didn't last long either as the other GC contenders joined efforts and put a quick end to it.

With 40 km to go Sharon Laws and Regina Bruins attacked. The two worked well together and built a decent lead over the rest of the bunch. With about 15 km to go Vicky Whitelaw attacked out of the bunch which was 40 seconds down on the duo. Whitelaw impressed, riding very strongly and with 10 km to go she bridged up to Laws and Bruins.

The three worked well together, the gap went to 1.00 on the bunch. With 6 km to go former World Champion and multiple Giro Donne winner Edita Pucinskaite attacked out of the bunch but her late attack  came too late to bridge to the three leaders. The three leaders entered the uphill 500 metre finishing street together.

In the sprint it was Whitelaw who won the stage ahead of Sharon Laws and Regina Bruins. Edita Pucinskaite finished in fourth at 36 seconds and Tina Liebig was 5th at 43 seconds. The bunch with favorites finished 47 seconds down on the leaders. Susanne Ljungskog continued in the lead.

Stage 6 Results
117 km - 3.10.16 - 36.89 km/h

1 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Australian National Team 3.10.16
2 Sharon Laws (GBr) Great Britain National Team
3 Regina Bruins (Ned) Dutch National Team 0.06

4 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.36
5 Tina Liebig (Ger) Team DSB Bank 0.43
6 Carla Ryan (Aus) Australian National Team 0.45
7 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0.47
8 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road Women
9 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team
10 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team
11 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu
12 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Dutch National Team
13 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
14 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team
15 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
16 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
17 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
18 Linda Villumsen (Ger) Team High Road Women
19 Sophie Goor (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
20 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team

Stage 7: Castelnaudary – Castelnaudary , 108 km
The 7th stage from Castelnaudary to Castelnaudary was won by Kazakh Zulfia Zabirova. It’s her second stage win in this event. American Katherine 'Kat' Caroll was second and Martine Bras third. Susanne Ljungskog continued to have a tight grip on the G.C.

In the beginning of the stage Katherine Caroll of the United States attacked and she was quickly joined by 10 strong riders. The 11 riders in the break were: Eva Lutz (Equipe Nürnberger), Ina Teutenberg (High Road), Adrie Visser (DSB Bank), Martine Bras (The Netherlands), Jennifer Hohl, Monica Holler and Zulfia Zabirova (all Bigla), Katherine Carroll (United States) Irene Van Den Broek and Laure Werner (both AA Drink), and Elodie Touffet (Gauss RDZ Ormu).

They eleven worked well together building a gap. Behind the peloton was led by race leader Ljungskog's Menikini team of leader Ljungskog which seemed in no hurry to bring the group back. With about 20 km to go, both Hohl and Zabirova of Bigla attacked in the break, it didn't succeed; but the third attempt by Zabirova was successful.

The others tried to counter Zabirova's move, but had no success. Zabirova won the stage solo with a 31 seconds lead on Caroll and Bras. The bunch with the favorites finished at 4.58. The race result didn't change the G.C. with Ljungskog staying in the leaders jersey.

Stage 7 Results
108 km - 2.55.54 - 36.83 km/h)

1 Zulfia Zabirova (Kaz) Bigla Cycling Team 2.55.54
2 Katharine Carroll (USA) USA National Team 0.31
3 Martine Bras (Ned) Dutch National Team

4 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team 0.33
5 Elodie Touffet (Fra) Gauss RDZ Ormu 0.38
6 Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.42
7 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team High Road Women
8 Adrie Visser (Ned) Team DSB Bank 0.54
9 Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
10 Laure Werner (Bel) AA-Drink Cycling Team 0.57

11 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team 4.58
12 Angela Brodtka (Ger) Team DSB Bank
13 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road Women
14 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
15 Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Dutch National Team
16 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) German National Team
17 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team
18 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu
19 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team
20 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung

Stage 8: Bram - Bram , 116 km
The 8th and penultimate stage of the Tour de L’Aude was won by High Road’s Ina Teutenberg. She was the fastest in the bunch sprint ahead of Olympic Champion Sara Carrigan and German Angela Brodtka.

The stage of 116 km in and around Bram was animated by a solo attack of DSB rider Adrie Visser. She attacked 40 km into the stage and built a solid lead of around 3 minutes. With 20 km to go she was caught after her gap was reduced when the peloton increased the pace up one of the climbs... the gap was coming down, Visser flatted at the top of the climb and was caught.

Attacks in the final kilometers riddled the front of the race, none could make a gap and the stage ended in a bunch sprint easily won by High Road's sprinter Ina Teutenberg.

High Road Report
Teutenberg Doubles in L'Aude

High Road speedster Ina Yoko Teutenberg out powered the field on Saturday for a second stage victory in the Tour de l’Aude - and the women’s team’s 27th win of the season. Teutenberg was the fastest in a group of some 30 riders that broke away on the hilly stage eight, starting and finishing in the town of Bram.

“I was a bit lucky because I was really tired after getting into the break and it was windy, too.” Teutenberg said afterwards. “Another rider went for it on the other side of the road at the finish and I thought it would be close but I finally won by about a bike length. Judith [Arndt] and Linda [Villumsen] were with me in the break and they did a great job of pulling back the moves. The attacks kept going but Judith kept on pulling them back.”

“I was by myself in the finale, but that was only logical after all the work my team-mates had had to do. It was up to me to do the rest. I just positioned myself well and sat on wheels through to the finish. After everything they had done for me, the least I could do was try as hard as possible to go for the win.”

“Judith and Linda made sure the break was kept under control for Ina.” added sports director Ronny Lauke. “Nobody could escape and that set things up perfectly for Ina. It was the perfect team effort. With three riders in the break we were in a great situation, and with a long, flat run-in and only a slight curve with 150 metres to go, it was the ideal sort of finish for a good sprint. And Ina certainly did one!”

Stage 8 Results
116 km - 3.08.35 - 37.86km/h
1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team High Road Women 3.08.35
2 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
3 Angela Brodtka (Ger) Team DSB Bank

4 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
5 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Team DSB Bank
6 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team
7 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
8 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
9 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu
10 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team
11 Zulfia Zabirova (Kaz) Bigla Cycling Team
12 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
13 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) German National Team
14 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Australian National Team
15 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
16 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team
17 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Dutch National Team
18 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) French National Team
19 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team
20 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung

Stage 9: Limoux – Limoux, 71 km
The 9th and final stage in the Tour de L’Aude from Limoux to Limoux over 71 km ended in a battle between the current women's cycling 'Giants'. Judith Arndt won the sprint of four ahead of Ljungskog, Cooke and Worrack.

The first one to attack in the final stage was Olympic Champion Sara Carrigan. She was riding strong and crossed the top of the Col du Pas de la Crousette in her own. On the Côte de Villardebelle it was Trixi Worrack who attacked in the peloton, Trixi was was quickly joined by Nicole Cooke, Judith Arndt and race leader Ljungskog.

The four giants worked well together and they quickly bridged across to Carrigan and dropped her. The gap of the four on the now shattered peloton's first chase group rose quickly to one minute. The stage ended in a four up sprint with Judith Arndt winning the stage. Susanne Ljungskog who finished second secured her overall victory with Cooke third on the stage. Arndt and Worrack completed the G.C. Podium with winner Ljungskog.

Team High Road Report
Arndt Wins Third Stage

High Road’s Judith Arndt outsprinted the breakaway group of four on Sunday to take victory in the final stage of Tour de l’Aude. The win was the final touch on a successful tour for Arndt and High Road with Arndt taking second place overall and winning the mountain classification and the team taking three stage wins and claiming the yellow jersey early on after a strong Team Time Trial.

“I think we should be happy about the tour,” said Arndt. “It was a very tactical race. We were not the strongest team for the mountains and we had some bad luck with Luise [Keller] crashing early in the week, but overall we did well.”

The final stage consisted of a two difficult climbs early in the race. Trixi Worrack went on the offensive with the aim of gaining back her third place in the overall classification after losing it in stage 7. Her attack on the second climb of the day split the field and led to the break of four which included Arndt, Worrack, Nicole Cook and race leader Susanne Ljungskog.

“Trixi drove the break for 40km as she was the one who had the most to gain,” explained Arndt. “ I didn’t really want to work because we had Ljunskog in the group who was a danger for Ina’s [Teutenberg] Points Jersey.”

It came down to a sprint between the four riders with Arndt taking the win from Cooke and Ljungskog. Ljungskog’s ride ensured her the overall win off the Tour. “It was a little disappointing after the race as Cooke protested the sprint and that doesn’t feel good,” explained Arndt. “But I’m happy with our overall tour.”

Team director Ronny Lauke was pleased with the results of his first European Stage race for Team High Road. “We said before the race that we wanted to improve on last year’s performance in the overall. We almost did that,” he said smiling. “We won three stages, second in the overall and the we won the mountains jersey. I’m happy it worked out like it did.”

After a couple of days rest, the team heads to Montreal for the next round of the Women’s World Cup. Arndt currently leads the series from Marianne Vos. www.highroadsports.com

Stage 9 Results
71 km - 1.54.56 - 37.06 km/h
1 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road Women 1.54.56
2 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini - Selle Italia
3 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain National Team

4 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
5 Angela Brodtka (Ger) Team DSB Bank 0.59
6 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team
7 Sharon Laws (GBr) Great Britain National Team
8 Linda Villumsen (Ger) Team High Road Women
9 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team
10 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
11 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
12 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Dutch National Team
13 Regina Bruins (Ned) Dutch National Team
14 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team
15 Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team
16 Tina Liebig (Ger) Team DSB Bank 1.18
17 Alison Powers (USA) USA National Team 3.35
18 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 3.41
19 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team
20 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team

2008 Women’s Tour de L’Aude
General Classification - Final Ranking (top 30)

1 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini - Selle Italia 23.55.05
2 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road Women 3.35
3 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 4.02

4 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain National Team 4.23
5 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team 4.57
6 Sharon Laws (GBr) Great Britain National Team 5.11
7 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 5.42
8 Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team 6.07
9 Linda Villumsen (Ger) Team High Road Women 7.06
10 Regina Bruins (Ned) Dutch National Team 7.15
11 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Dutch National Team 7.24
12 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 7.39
13 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team 7.51
14 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team 8.50
15 Tina Liebig (Ger) Team DSB Bank 9.31
16 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 9.36
17 Carla Ryan (Aus) Australian National Team 10.12
18 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 10.22
19 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) French National Team 10.23
20 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu 12.03
21 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team 13.39
22 Sophie Goor (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 17.01
23 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Australian National Team 18.54
24 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Team DSB Bank 22.11
25 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu 24.01
26 Zulfia Zabirova (Kaz) Bigla Cycling Team 30.34
27 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 34.00
28 Luise Keller (Ger) Team High Road Women 35.32
29 Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team 35.47
30 Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 35.56

2008 Women's Tour de L'Aude: Prologue - Stage 2
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