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
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 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
1 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicher.
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
Stage 4: Dedemsvaart - Hardenberg, 85.2km
Stage 5: Boxtel - Boxtel, 121.5km
Stage 6: Valkenburg - Berg en Terblijt, 116.7km
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