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Profile Ladies Tour - Stage 4
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 9/6/2008
Profile Ladies Tour - Stage 4
 

Profile Ladies Tour - Stage 4
Columbia's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg has the fastest legs in Hardenberg for her 20th season win. Charlotte Becker of Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung continues to lead the Ladies Tour.

The fourth and mostly flat sprinters stage between Dedemsvaart and Hardenberg fought over 85.2 km in the rain and wind was won by German Columbia sprinter Ina-Yoko Teutenberg. Teutenberg who won her second stage in this event was faster than Kirsten Wild and Suzanne de Goede. Angela Hennig and Loes Markerink finished as fourth and fifth. Charlotte Becker remains in the overall lead despite losing 8 seconds on the competition.

Team Columbia: Teutenberg takes her 20th win of the season
Tough weather conditions could not prevent Ina-Yoko Teutenberg from sprinting to victory in stage four of the Ladies Tour of Holland. At the end of the 85 kilometre test, Teutenberg scorched to her second win - and Columbia’s third - in four days.

“The weather was not pleasant - very windy and heavy rain and the whole stage was pretty stressful as a result,” Teutenberg said later. “But fortunately I had no problems myself, no punctures or mechanicals and the poor weather conditions made winning feel even better when it happened.”

In the bunch sprint that decided the stage “The strong winds meant you had to calculate your strength quite carefully. I got on somebody’s wheel with 75 metres to go, got past them quickly, then went for it. We’d been through the finish a couple of times when we were doing some laps on a finishing circuit, and I knew it wasn’t too complicated. There was just one left-hand corner in the final kilometre, which was flat in any case, and then you were there.”

Teutenberg thanked the Columbia team for leading her out for her 20th win of the season “with no problems whatsoever, the whole squad worked perfectly for me. We’d been working hard throughout the stage, moved up with five kilometres to go so no more breaks would go, and then it was up to me to do the rest.”

In what is proving a highly successful race for Columbia Teutenberg was the winner of stage one, team-mate Anke Wichmann took stage three and Teutenberg has now added a second win to her total. The Holland Ladies Tour’s last day of racing round Valkenberg is hilly, but Saturday’s stage, a circuit through the town of Boxtel, may also end in another bunch sprint.

Profile Ladies Tour - Stage 4 Results
Dedemsvaart - Hardenberg 85.3 km

1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia Women 2.00.21
2 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team
3 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung

4 Angela Hennig (Ger) Team DSB Bank
5 Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint
6 Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
7 Tanja Hennes (Ger) Dura Vermeer / Specialized Mix
8 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
9 Anne Arnouts (Bel) Red Sun Ladies Team/Alriksson Mix
10 Janneke Kanis (Ned) De Noordwesthoek Mix
11 Bertine Spijkerman (Ned) Restore Cycling Ladies
12 Regina Bruins (Ned) Ton van Bemmelen Sports/Odysis
13 Hilde van Slochteren (Ned) Restore Cycling Ladies
14 Marit Huisman (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
15 Joukje Braam (Ned) People Trust Cycling Team
16 Claudia Witteveen (Ned) Restore Cycling Ladies
17 Eva Heijmans (Ned) Restore Cycling Ladies
18 Elisabeth Braam (Ned) Team Flexpoint
19 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Het Snelle Wiel/Lotto Mix
20 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
21 Marianne Vos (Ned) Team DSB Bank
22 Tone Hatteland (Nor) De Noordwesthoek Mix
23 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia Women
24 Martine Bras (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
25 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint
26 Irene van den Broek (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team
27 An van Rie (Bel) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
28 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Team Columbia Women
29 Marieke van Nek (Ned) People Trust Cycling Team
30 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung

General Classification After Stage 4
1 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 8.04.39
2 Irene van den Broek (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team 0.44
3 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint 0.56

4 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Team Columbia Women 1.12
5 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team 1.18
6 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia Women 1.20
7 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 1.30
8 Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel (Ned) Team Flexpoint 1.31
9 Marianne Vos (Ned) Team DSB Bank
10 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia Women
11 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 1.32
12 Regina Bruins (Ned) Ton van Bemmelen Sports/Odysis 1.33
13 Angela Hennig (Ger) Team DSB Bank 1.39
14 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint 2.00
15 Pascale Schnider (Swi) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 2.02
16 Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint 2.09
17 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 2.10
18 Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 2.11
19 An van Rie (Bel) Vrienden Van Het Platteland 2.24
20 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia Women 2.27
21 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland 2.31
22 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Team Columbia Women 2.42
23 Elisabeth Braam (Ned) Team Flexpoint 2.58
24 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 3.02
25 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team 3.04
26 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Het Snelle Wiel/Lotto Mix 3.05
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 3.46
Full Result: http://www.hollandladiestour.nl/

Remaining Stages
Stage 5: Boxtel - Boxtel, 121.5km
Stage 6: Valkenburg – Berg en Terblijt, 116.7km

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