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Route de France Feminine (2.1)
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 8/18/2008
Route de France Feminine (2.1)
 

Route de France Feminine (2.1)

The Route de France is a highly ranked and valued race for the women. 2008 is the third edition of the Route de France Feminine. The first edition in 2006 was won by Linda Villumsen and the second edition in 2007 by Amber Neben. Both riders didn't compete in this race due to the Olympics in Beijing. But despite that the race still had some stars at the start with Ina Yoko Teutenberg, Luise Keller, Kori Seehafer, Giorgia Bronzini and Kim Anderson to name a few. Team Columbia dominated the race as they won five stages (3x Teutenberg and 2x Keller) and the overall ranking (Keller). A round-up:

Prologue: Dijon (ITT), 3.2 km
The prologue in Dijon over 3,2 km was a victory for Team Columbia with Ina-Yoko Teutenberg. Teutenberg was 1,63 seconds faster than Belgian Grace Verbeke and 3.24 seconds than France Edwige Pitel. Teutenberg is also the first overall leader.

Results
1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia Women 4.33.28
2 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 0.01.63
3 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz 0.03.24

4 Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 0.06.81
5 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Menikini - Selle Italia 0.06.88
6 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza 0.07.78
7 Kori Kelley Seehafer (USA) Menikini - Selle Italia 0.08.12
8 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 0.08.63
9 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Team Columbia Women 0.09.41
10 Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 0.10.23


Stage 1: Dijon - Louhans Chateaurenard, 82.5 km
The first stage from Dijon to Louhans Chateaurenard over 82,5 km ended up in a bunch sprint. Team Columbia had a perfect lead out for Teutenberg who won her second stage in equal days. Giorgia Bronzini finished as second and Alona Andruk as third. Teutenberg remained in the overall lead.

Results
1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia Women 2.05.42
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza
3 Alona Andruk (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo

4 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Menikini - Selle Italia
5 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Fenixs
6 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
7 Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion
8 Elodie Touffet (Fra) Gauss RDZ Ormu
9 Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
10 Magali Mocquery (Fra) Inter Region EST


Stage 2: Louhans Chateaurenard - Guegnon, 116.6 km
The second stage from Louhans Chateaurenard to Guegnon over 116,6 km was a very tough stage. During the stage the bunch broke into several parts. The first part was a 21 rider break who finished with a 5.15 lead on the second bunch. In the final Corazza and Wichmann got a slight advantage on the 19 chasers. Corazza won the stage ahead of Wichmann while Bronzini won the sprint for third at 19 seconds. Grace Verbeke who finished as 11th is the new overall leader as Teutenberg missed the break.

Results
1 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu 3.19.56
2 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Team Columbia Women
3 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza 0.09

4 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Fenixs
5 Magali Le Floch (Fra) Inter Region EST
6 Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
7 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Menikini - Selle Italia
8 Elodie Touffet (Fra) Gauss RDZ Ormu
9 Edita Unguryte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
10 Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope


Stage 3: Guegnon - Les Settons, 109 km
The third stage from Guegnon to Les Settons is the queens stage of this event. The riders had to do 109 km with some tough climbs during the course.

The stage was won by Team Columbia rider and German National Champion Luise Keller. Keller attacked on the second major climb of the day and bridged up to the breakaway in front. With 4 km left she attacked again and was able to win the stage. Rosane Kirch finished as second at 46 seconds and Edwige Pitel was third at 1.11. Due to her win Keller is also the new overall leader.

Results
1 Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia Women 3.18.21
2 Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 0.46
3 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz 1.11

4 Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
5 Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia Women 5.43
6 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Menikini - Selle Italia 5.45
7 Elodie Touffet (Fra) Gauss RDZ Ormu
8 Magali Mocquery (Fra) Inter Region EST
9 Magali Le Floch (Fra) Inter Region EST
10 Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion


Stage 4: Fontainebleau - Argenteuil, 138.5 km
The fourth stage from Fontainbleau to Argenteuil over 138,5 km is won by Lithuanian Urte Juodvalkyte. The Lithuanian attacked after the first climb and rode in the attack for about 100 km. Her maximum lead was seven minutes and kept 3.31 left of that. Giorgia Bronzini won the sprint for second ahead of Martina Corazza. Luise Keller remained in the overall lead.

Results
1 Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo 3.47.32
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza 3.31
3 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu

4 Eleonora Soldo (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza
5 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
6 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Fenixs
7 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz
8 Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion
9 Magali Mocquery (Fra) Inter Region EST
10 Joelle Numainville (Can) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion


Stage 5: Lillebonne - EU, 130.5 km
The fifth stage from Lillebone to EU over 130,5 km was animated by a break of 10 riders. Ina Teutenberg (Columbia) won her third stage ahead of her team mate Kim Anderson. Beatrice Thomas was third. Luise Keller led home the bunch at 53 seconds and kept her overall lead.

Results
1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia Women 3.22.13
2 Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia Women 0.12
3 Béatrice Thomas (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion 0.14

4 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza
5 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
6 Elodie Touffet (Fra) Gauss RDZ Ormu 0.17
7 Verónica Leal Balderas (Mex) Gauss RDZ Ormu 0.18
8 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Fenixs
9 Brei Gudsell (NZl) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz
10 Alona Andruk (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo


Stage 6: Elbeuf - Elbeuf (ITT), 24.7 km
Luise Keller (Team Columbia) has once again showed her great potential as a rider. Race leader Keller won the 24,7 km time trial in and around Elbeuf. Tatiana Antoshina was second at 40 seconds and Grace Verbeke third at 1.19. Due to her win Keller extended her lead on her closest competitors. With one more stage to go Keller has a very comfortable lead in the overall ranking.

Results
1 Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia Women 35.39.45
2 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Fenixs 0.39.78
3 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 1.19.45

4 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz 1.21.35
5 Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia Women 1.26.55
6 Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 1.27.73
7 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Fenixs 1.52.54
8 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Team Columbia Women 1.54.59
9 Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 1.56.29
10 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu 2.16.29


Stage 7: Rouen - Rouen, 99 km
The final stage from Rouen to Rouen over 99 km ended up in a bunch sprint. Giorgia Bronzini was the fastest ahead of Monia Baccaile and Swedish talent Emilia Fahlin.

Luise Keller who finished in the bunch is the overall winner. Rosane Kirch finished as second and Edwige Pitel as third. Karine Gautard and Tatiana Antoshina completed the top 5.

For Team Columbia it was a very successful week with five stage wins and the overall win.

Team Columbia - Comments
24 year old Luise Keller of Team Columbia successfully defended the leaders jersey at Route de France on Sunday to achieve her first career tour victory.

After taking the lead on stage 3 with an impressive solo attack during the hilly stage to Les Settons, Keller extended her lead with a dominating performance in the time trial on Saturday. The young German Champion and her team controlled the final stage to win the overall race by over two minutes.

"I'm really happy to win my first stage race, said Keller. "It was a really nice race and I found out what it feels like to be a GC rider. I didn't have to do anything after I got the yellow jersey except eat and drink. My team mates did everything else."

Team director Ronny Lauke was extremely happy with the whole race. "It was amazing," he said. "The girls rode really well together and came up with a very exciting victory. It was also very rewarding for me as this is my first tour win as a director in women's cycling," he added. The team won 5 stages and the overall classification and finished the week with young Emilia Fahlin sprinting to take third place in the final stage. They also pulled off the team classification with Kim anderson and Anke Wichmann finishing in 7th and 10th place overall.

Results
1 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza
2 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Fenixs
3 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Columbia Women

4 Kori Kelley Seehafer (USA) Menikini - Selle Italia 0.02
5 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
6 Emma Mackie (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
7 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
8 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Team Columbia Women
9 Alona Andruk (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
10 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Menikini - Selle Italia

Final Ranking (top 30)
1 Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia Women 19.17.46
2 Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 2.19
3 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz 2.25

4 Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 3.07
5 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Fenixs 6.04
6 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 6.16
7 Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia Women 6.33
8 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Fenixs 7.45
9 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu 7.56
10 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Team Columbia Women 7.57
11 Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 8.10
12 Elodie Touffet (Fra) Gauss RDZ Ormu 8.11
13 Kori Kelley Seehafer (USA) Menikini - Selle Italia 8.13
14 Verónica Leal Balderas (Mex) Gauss RDZ Ormu 8.59
15 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Menikini - Selle Italia 9.01
16 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza 9.12
17 Magali Le Floch (Fra) Inter Region EST 9.38
18 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 9.57
19 Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion
20 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza 10.48
21 Edita Unguryte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo 12.56
22 Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 13.37
23 Alona Andruk (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo 14.02
24 Siobhan Dervan (Irl) Fenixs 14.05
25 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Team Columbia Women 14.07
26 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 15.17
27 Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu 15.27
28 Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo 15.38
29 Magali Mocquery (Fra) Inter Region EST 16.10
30 Maja Adamsen (Den) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz 16.21

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