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Profile Ladies Tour - Stage 3
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 9/4/2008
Profile Ladies Tour - Stage 3
 

Profile Ladies Tour - Stage 3

The third stage in the Profile Holland Ladies Tour from Leek to Roden over 113,2 km is won by Anke Wichmann (Team Columbia). It's the third stage win for a German rider in equal stages and the second stage win for Team Columbia after the win in the openings stage of Ina Teutenberg. Wichmann was the best in a sprint with two of Sarah Düster. The two were part of a six women break who were able to stay in front. Charlotte Angela Hennig won the sprint of the four chasers for third at five seconds. The bunch finished 1.46 down on Wichmann. Charlotte Becker who finished as fifth is the new overall leader as she was ten seconds down on race leader Kirsten Wild this morning.

After some early attacks the first real break came from Loes Gunnewijk (Team Flexpoint). She had a maximum gap of 40 seconds. A few kilometers later Vera Koedooder (Lotto-Belisol) was able to bridge across to Gunnewijk but before the first intermediate sprint all was back together. The first sprint and the belonging time bonuses were won by race leader Kirsten Wild.

The next rider to attack was Olympic Champion points race and 2006 World Road Champion Marianne Vos (Team DSB Bank). She got company of amongst others talented Regina Bruins (Ton van Bemmelen), Ina Teutenberg (Columbia), Marlijn Binnendijk (AA Drink) and Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel (Team Flexpoint). As the group was to dangerous for the GC the break was chased down a few kilometers ahead.

The decisive attack came right after the break with Vos was caught. Six women rode away and managed to get a maximum lead of two minutes. The six in front were Irene van den Broek (AA Drink), Charlotte Becker (Equipe Nürnberger), Iris Slappendel (Team Flexpoint), Angela Hennig (DSB Bank), Sarah Düster (Cervelo) and Anke Wichmann (Team Columbia). For Equipe Nürnberger and yesterday's stage winner Trixi Worrack this is an ideal situation as Charlotte Becker was eight this morning in the overall ranking 10 seconds down on Kirsten Wild.

The second intermediate sprint was won by Charlotte Becker and due to the three seconds she came to seven seconds in the virtual overall ranking. Approaching the final 10 kilometer the gap on the bunch was still around the two minutes and it became clear that the winner and the new overall leader was in front.

With less than 10 km to go Anke Wichmann (Columbia) attacked and only Sarah Düster was able to bridge across. In the sprint Wichmann was faster than Düster to take her most beautiful win in her career. Teutenberg won the sprint of the bunch for rank seven 1.46 down on Wichmann.

Wichmann is a 33 year old German who clinched her first win of the 2008 season. For Wichmann it's her third pro win since 2004. Last year she won the TTT together with the T-Mobile team in the Giro del Toscana and in 2004 she won a stage in the Krasna Lipa. Next to that she is a multiple German Track Champion in the points race. She is riding for her present team since last year. In 2005 and 2006 she rode for the other German team Equipe Nürnberger.

Team comments
Team Columbia: Wichmann sprints to first win of season in Holland

San Luis Obispo, CA, 4 September 2008 - Columbia's Anke Wichmann clinched her first win of the season when she out-sprinted fellow German Sarah Düster at the end of stage three of the Holland Ladies Tour.

The two were part of a earlier six-rider break, but Wichmann and Duster used a cobbled section eight kilometres from the finish at Roden to go clear and fight it out for the day's victory.

"I'm surprised but very pleased because normally I'm just a team worker and I'm not up there with the winners at the finish, I've done my job before then." Wichmann pointed out.

"In fact, I can't remember the last time I won a race!"

"When I got in the break, I stopped working when we got a minute on the bunch, because there were riders in there who could be dangerous for Columbia's gc contenders on the hilly last stage."

"Then when we got towards the finish, I started thinking about how I could get away to try and win the stage."

"I jumped clear with less than ten kilometres to go, and only Düster could follow me."

"I wasn't too worried about her, because I've raced a lot with her in the past and I know that like me she's not a great sprinter."

Düster stopped working in the final kilometre, but Wichmann stayed behind, and with 500 metres to go, Düster started to wind things up for the sprint.

"She'd got nervous and I could get past her for the win." Wichmann said. "I'm just very pleased it could all work out in the end!"

Wichmann's breakaway has had other benefits apart from the stage win - she has now moved up to fourth overall.

The Holland Ladies Tour finishes on Sunday September 7th.

Result - Stage 3 (113,2 km)
1 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Team Columbia Women 2.57.27
2 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
3 Angela Hennig (Ger) Team DSB Bank 0.05

4 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint
5 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
6 Irene van den Broek (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team
7 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia Women 1.46
8 Martine Bras (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
9 Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
10 Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint
11 Anne Arnouts (Bel) Red Sun Ladies Team/Alriksson Mix
12 Elke Riedl (Aut) De Noordwesthoek Mix
13 Bertine Spijkerman (Ned) Restore Cycling Ladies
14 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
15 Esther Kortekaas (Ned) Restore Cycling Ladies
16 Monique van de Ree (Ned) Dura Vermeer / Specialized Mix
17 Janneke Kanis (Ned) De Noordwesthoek Mix
18 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
19 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team
20 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Dura Vermeer / Specialized Mix
21 Hilde van Slochteren (Ned) Restore Cycling Ladies
22 Judith Jelsma (Ned) People Trust Cycling Team
23 Emma Rickards (Aus) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
24 Sanne van Reusel (Bel) Red Sun Ladies Team/Alriksson Mix
25 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
26 Regina Bruins (Ned) Ton van Bemmelen Sports/Odysis
27 Marieke van Nek (Ned) People Trust Cycling Team
28 Lianne Wagtho (Ned) Restore Cycling Ladies
29 Margriet Kloppenburg (Ned) De Noordwesthoek Mix
30 Christina Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung

Ranking
1 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicher. 6.04.10
2 Irene van den Broek (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team 0.52
3 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint 1.04
4 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Team Columbia Women 1.20
5 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team 1.32
6 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 1.38
7 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia Women
8 Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel (Ned) Team Flexpoint 1.39
9 Marianne Vos (Ned) Team DSB Bank
10 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia Women
11 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 1.40
12 Regina Bruins (Ned) Ton van Bemmelen Sports/Odysis 1.41
13 Angela Hennig (Ger) Team DSB Bank 1.47
14 Pascale Schnider (Swi) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 2.02
15 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint 2.08
16 Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 2.11
17 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Team Columbia Women 2.14
18 Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint 2.17
19 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 2.22
20 An van Rie (Bel) Vrienden Van Het Platteland 2.32
21 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia Women 2.35
22 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland 2.39
23 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 3.02
24 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team 3.04
25 Elisabeth Braam (Ned) Team Flexpoint 3.06
26 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Het Snelle Wiel/Lotto Mix 3.13
27 Emma Rickards (Aus) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 3.22
28 Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint 3.31
29 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Dura Vermeer / Specialized Mix 3.40
30 Marit Huisman (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland 3.54

Full Result

Remaining Stages
Stage 4: Dedemsvaart - Hardenberg, 85.2km
Stage 5: Boxtel - Boxtel, 121.5km
Stage 6: Valkenburg - Berg en Terblijt, 116.7km

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