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Women's World Cup Ronde van Vlaanderen - Just in
By Bart Hazen
Date: 4/5/2009
Women's World Cup Ronde van Vlaanderen - Just in

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

Columbia Highroad
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 2009.

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

Cervélo TestTeam
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 well."

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   Columbia/Highroad 3.30.12 
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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