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Thüringen Rundfahrt - Women: Stage 3
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 7/24/2008
Thüringen Rundfahrt - Women: Stage 3
 

Thüringen Rundfahrt - Women: Stage 3

The third stage in the Thüringen Rundfahrt is won by Italian Noemi Cantele. Cantele was the best of a large break. Cantele is also the new overall leader with a gap of around the 1.00 on Johansson and Arndt. The stage report:

Stage 3: Rund um Greiz, 104.5 km
The third stage also called Rund um Greiz is 104,5 km long in distance. The stage is very tough and goes up and down all the time. Three riders didn't take the start this morning namely Mandy Milow, Madeleine Sandig and Natalie Bates.

The bunch stayed together in the beginning and Felicia Gomez was able to take the first KOM sprint ahead of Claudia Häusler and Carla Ryan. After about 30 km of racing we got a first real break of six with Andrea Thürig, Karin Thürig, Carla Ryan, Martina Corazza, Emma Johansson and Katherine Carroll.

At km 34 in the race two more riders bridged across to the break. After 42 km of racing the gap of the break was already 40 seconds. Team DSB Bank rider Sharon van Essen was at this point in the race the first who abandoned the race.

The second KOM sprint was won by Noemi Cantele ahead of Karin Thürig and Emma Johansson. Over the top of the climb the gap of the break on the bunch was up to 1.30 as Katherine Carroll had problems to follow the pace in the break and had to drop.

50 km in the stage we had another abandon with Nicole Brändli (Bigla Cycling Team). Brändli was before the race one of the riders to be expected for a top ranking. Also Rebecca Much decided to leave the race which made the numbers of abandons to three.

70 km into the race the gap was still around the 1.30 and Noemi Cantele is still the virtual overall leader. Karin Thürig won the 2nd sprint in Gommla ahead of Cantele and Johansson. The first sprint earlier in the stage was won by Johansson. The third sprint a few kilometers later was a catch for Cantele with Johansson and Karin Thürig as second and third.

On the third climb of the day the break split into several parts as Cantele attacked. Cantele crossed the top as first with a 20 seconds gap on the first chasers . Carla Ryan and Emma Johansson crossed the top as second and third.

Cantele increased her lead on the chasing group consisting of Emma Johansson, Kimberly Anderson, Martina Corazza, Carla Ryan, Grete Treier, Judith Arndt, Karin Thürig, Christiane Soeder and Trixi Worrack.

With 8 km to go the gap of Cantele was already up to 30 seconds. The others were not able to chase her down anymore and Cantele won the third stage after an impressive solo. At 47 seconds Emma Johansson won the sprint for second ahead of Kim Anderson.

Cantele is also the new overall leader with 52 seconds on Johansson and 1.08 on Arndt.

Cervelo Lifeforce: Three riders among the top ten
24 July, 2008 - On the today's Thursday, the third stage of the International "Thüringen Rundfahrt" with a 104,5 km course around the town Greiz took place. Priska Doppmann started after her yesterday's success with the yellow leader jersey. The Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team were really active but at the end the Italian rider Noemi Cantele was able to finish solo and claimed victory ahead of Emma Johnsson (SWE) and Kimberly Anderson (USA). Carla Ryan finished together with the first group on position five only 47 seconds behind the winner. Christiane Soeder and Karin Thürig were completing the good result of the team with taking the ninth and the tenth rank. Priska Doppmann finishes with the peloton on position 24th and lost the leader jersey to Noemi Cantele.

Karin Thürig collected at all sprint points today some points for the overall sprint ranking and is now there on position three. The Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team is leading still the overall team ranking and increased their advantage to 51 seconds.

Tomorrow the fourth stage of the competition series will take place around Schleiz and includes 124,5 race kilometers.

Result (top 30)
1. Cantele, Noemi Bigla Cycling Team 2.57'34" 15"
2. Johansson, Emma Swedish Nationalteam 2.58'21" 47" 12"
3. Anderson, Kimberly Team Columbia Women 2.58'21" 47" 4"

4. Corazza, Martina Gauss RDZ Ormu 2.58'21" 47"
5. Ryan, Carla Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2.58'21" 47"
6. Arndt, Judith Team Columbia Women 2.58'21" 47"
7. Treier, Grete Gauss RDZ Ormu 2.58'21" 47"
8. Worrack, Trixi Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 2.58'26" 52"
9. Soeder, Christiane Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2.58'26" 52"
10. Thürig, Karin Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2.59'11" 1'37" 5"
11. Valen-de Vries, Anita Team Flexpoint 2.59'55" 2'21"
12. Verbeke, Grace Belgian Cycling Federation 2.59'55" 2'21"
13. Düster, Sarah Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 2.59'55" 2'21"
14. Kozonchuk, Oxana* Menikini Selle Italia 2.59'55" 2'21"
15. Pohl, Stephanie* Nationalmannschaft Deutschland 2.59'55" 2'21"
16. Decroix, Lieselot* Belgian Cycling Federation 2.59'55" 2'21"
17. Gebhardt, Elke Team Rothaus - Rügenfisch 2.59'55" 2'21"
18. Iturriagaechevarria, Eneritz Safi-Pasta Zara 2.59'55" 2'21"
19. Powers, Alison USA Cycling 2.59'55" 2'21"
20. Werner, Laure Belgian Cycling Federation 2.59'55" 2'21"
21. Seehafer, Kori Menikini Selle Italia 2.59'55" 2'21"
22. Aune, Karin Swedish Nationalteam 2.59'55" 2'21"
23. Willock, Erinne Webcor Builders 2.59'55" 2'21"
24. Doppmann, Priska Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2.59'55" 2'21"
25. Hennig, Angela Team DSB Bank 2.59'55" 2'21"
26. Hobson, Leigh Canadian Cycling 2.59'55" 2'21"
27. Ziliute, Diana Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatten 2.59'55" 2'21"
28. Keller, Luise Team Columbia Women 2.59'55" 2'21"
29. Leal Balderas, Veronica Gauss RDZ Ormu 2.59'55" 2'21"
30. Kupfernagel, Hanka Nationalmannschaft Deutschland 2.59'55" 2'21"

Overall ranking (top 30)
1. Cantele, Noemi Bigla Cycling Team 7.18'33"
2. Johansson, Emma Swedish Nationalteam 7.19'25" 52"
3. Arndt, Judith Team Columbia Women 7.19'41" 1'08"

4. Treier, Grete Gauss RDZ Ormu 7.19'42" 1'09"
5. Corazza, Martina Gauss RDZ Ormu 7.19'47" 1'14"
6. Anderson, Kimberly Team Columbia Women 7.19'48" 1'15"
7. Worrack, Trixi Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 7.19'52" 1'19"
8. Ryan, Carla Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 7.19'52" 1'19"
9. Soeder, Christiane Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 7.19'57" 1'24"
10. Thürig, Karin Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 7.20'37" 2'04"
11. Doppmann, Priska Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 7.20'48" 2'15"
12. Hennig, Angela Team DSB Bank 7.20'57" 2'24"
13. Valen-de Vries, Anita Team Flexpoint 7.21'10" 2'37"
14. Ziliute, Diana Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatten 7.21'14" 2'41"
15. Kupfernagel, Hanka Nationalmannschaft Deutschland 7.21'14" 2'41"
16. Verbeke, Grace Belgian Cycling Federation 7.21'16" 2'43"
17. Düster, Sarah Cervélo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 7.21'19" 2'46"
18. Aune, Karin Swedish Nationalteam 7.21'19" 2'46"
19. Werner, Laure Belgian Cycling Federation 7.21'21" 2'48"
20. Seehafer, Kori Menikini Selle Italia 7.21'21" 2'48"
21. Decroix, Lieselot* Belgian Cycling Federation 7.21'21" 2'48"
22. Häusler, Claudia Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 7.21'21" 2'48"
23. Thürig, Andrea Bigla Cycling Team 7.21'21" 2'48"
24. Wrubleski, Alex Webcor Builders 7.21'25" 2'52"
25. Kozonchuk, Oxana* Menikini Selle Italia 7.21'26" 2'53"
26. Willock, Erinne Webcor Builders 7.21'26" 2'53"
27. Knöpfle, Bianca Team Flexpoint 7.21'26" 2'53"
28. Iturriagaechevarria, Eneritz Safi-Pasta Zara 7.21'26" 2'53"
29. Hobson, Leigh Canadian Cycling 7.21'26" 2'53"
30. Gunnewijk, Loes Team Flexpoint 7.21'26" 2'53"

Full results

The remaining stage are:
Stage 4: 25.07.2008 Rund um Schleiz
Stage 5: 26.07.2008 Rund um Schmölln
Stage 6: 27.07.2008 Rund um Zeulenroda

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