Women's Ronde van Vlaanderen - World Cup Just in
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg Wins Tour of Flanders World Cup
Columbia Highroad's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg took her ninth victory of the year in
a sprint out of a large group besting Cervelo TestTeam's Kirsten Wild and Red
Sun's Emma Johansson.
Teutenberg Wins!!! Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen
Full report and photos & results to come
Teutenberg Blasts to Victory in Sprint
Columbia-Highroad’s sprinting ace Ina-Yoko Teutenberg has secured the team’s
first World Cup win of the season in the Tour of Flanders. Teutenberg blasted
across the line ahead of nearly 20 riders to take her ninth victory of the
season, and the fourteenth win netted by the Columbia-Highroad women’s team in
Up the Molenberg Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen
“I never thought I could win this because it’s a pretty hard race, but I got
over the (key climb of) the Geraardsbergen in a group with (rival) Kristin
Armstrong, and I thought maybe it was going to come back together,” Teutenberg
said afterwards. “It was a perfect scenario for me and so I tried to take
advantage and enjoy it.” Teutenberg added, “When (Columbia-Highroad teammate)
Mark Cavendish won Milan-San Remo, I joked with him about taking up the
challenge and winning a Monument as well. Now I’ve done it, so now we’re even.”
“We’ve got three really big races in Holland next week that really suit me.
We’ve won a big World Cup race, so the pressure is off a bit. Now we can really
play our cards without being under too much pressure.”
Kirsten Wild and Marianne Vos Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen
Recapping the race, Teutenberg noted, “There weren’t really many attacks
early on, and I think the good weather played a role in that, so positioning
wasn’t a big factor. The attacks really started on the Geraardsbergen. There
were four off the front and then four of us got across. I was there on my own
and it was a big group so I had to be smart and I played off the other teams. I
couldn’t attack and knew I had to wait for the sprint. It worked out perfectly
and I won it. It was a fast sprint and there is only one corner in the last
kilometre, so it wasn’t a problem for me to really go for it.”
For Columbia-Highroad, Teutenberg’s win was the team’s second straight
victory in the Tour of Flanders, following Judith Arndt’s first place in 2008.
Some found the muurs a bit much and had to walk. Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen
Emma Johansson Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen
Kirsten Wild finished second today after a great team performance in the women's
Tour of Flanders. Four riders from Cervélo TestTeam chased down and brought
Marianne Vos back into the peloton. Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Columbia) beat Kirsten
Wild on the line. Emma Johansson (Red Sun) was third.
"From the start of the race we controlled it with the whole team in front,"
said Kirsten Wild. "At one point I had to
change bikes and after that we took control with the team again. Then there was
a breakaway and we caught Marianne Vos. We set a fast tempo and at the finish I
tried to take the sprint but couldn't hold on. It was good race for the whole
team and I am happy with the result."
"Today our tactic was to control the race until the final climb
Muur-Kapelmuur which we did," explained Sports Director
Manel Lacambra. "Our team was in fifth position in the group.
There was a breakaway and four riders went, our girls were waiting for our
sprinter, Kristen Wild and we closed fast on these four strong riders. After
that we made contact with Marianne Vos, who had a lead of 30 seconds at one
point. Our team did all the work to capture her with no help from the other
teams. In the final kilometres we caught Marianne Vos and in the final sprint
Kirsten Wild was second. We are very happy because the team worked very, very
Podium: Kirsten Wild, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Emma Johansson
Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen
UCI Women's World Cup #2
Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour of Flanders
130.8 km - 3:30:12 - 23.20 mph
1. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
2. Kirsten Wild Cervélo TestTeam s.t.
3. Emma Johansson Red Sun s.t.
4. Nicole Cooke Vision 1 s.t.
5th Martine Bras s.t.
Marianne Vos World Cup Leader Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen
13. Christiane Soeder Cervélo TestTeam s.t.
17. Sarah Düster Cervélo TestTeam +0.06
18. Kristin Armstrong Cervélo TestTeam s.t.
33. Lieselot Decroix Cervélo TestTeam +2.01
Complete results will follow when available
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