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Women's Ronde van Vlaanderen - World Cup
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 4/7/2009
Women's Ronde van Vlaanderen - World Cup
 
Women's Ronde van Vlaanderen - World Cup
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg Wins Tour of Flanders World Cup over Kirsten Wild and Emma Johansson. Marianne Vos remains in World Cup lead.

The 2009 Women's World Cup Ronde van Vlaanderen is won by Columbia-Highroad sprinter Ina-Yoko Teutenberg. Teutenberg was the fastest over Kirsten Wild (Cervelo) and Emma Johansson (Red Sun) in the sprint of a eighteen rider break. World Champion Nicole Cooke and Dutch Martine Bras completed the top five. Olympic ITT Champion Kristin Armstrong was the best USA rider finishing 18th .


Teutenberg Wins!!! Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

The early race was animated by a break of Alona Andruk (Safi-Pasta Zara). Andruk got a maximum gap of three minutes before she was chased down by the bunch. At the Muur of Geraardsbergen the favorites attacked with Marianne Vos (DSB Bank), Emma Johansson (Red Sun), Noemi Cantele (Bigla) and World Champion Nicole Cooke (Vision 1 Racing).


Up the Molenberg!!! Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

The four worked well together but just before the Bosberg about ten riders bridged up to the World Class break. On the Bosberg Marianne Vos attacked again. She created a gap of around twenty seconds but due to the work of mainly the Cervelo Team the winner of the first World Cup in Cittiglio was reeled in with less than four kilometers to go.


Kirsten Wild and Marianne Vos Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

With two kilometers to go Eva Lutz (Equipe Nürnberger) gave it a try but her attempt didn't succeed either. In the sprint Teutenberg won very easy over her rivals. For Teutenberg it's already her ninth season win. Marianne Vos, who finished as seventh, remains in the overall lead of the World Cup.

The World Cup will continue with the third round in Drenthe next week (April 13).


Some found the muurs a bit much and had to walk. Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

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.

“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.”


Emma Johansson Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

“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.”

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.”


Podium: Kirsten Wild, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Emma Johansson
Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

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.
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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.


Marianne Vos World Cup Leader Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

"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."


Vicki Whitelaw drives the bunch on the Molenberg 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 TEUTENBERG Ina TCW 3:30:12
2 WILD Kirsten RTL
3 JOHANSSON Emma RSC
4 COOKE Nicole VOR
5 BRAS Martine MSI
6 VOS Marianne DSB
7 MARTISOVA Julia GAU
8 CANTELE Noemi BCT
9 GUNNEWIJK Loes FLX
10 VERBEKE Grace LBL


Ina-Yoko Teutenberg in action on the Haaghoek Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

11 WORRACK Trixi NUR
12 LJUNGSKOG Susanne FLX
13 SOEDER Christiane RTL
14 LUTZ Eva NUR
15 BELVEDERESI Tania GAU
16 WHITELAW Victoria VOR +0:00:06
17 DÜSTER Sarah RTL
18 ARMSTRONG Kristin RTL
19 BRONZINI Giorgia SAF +0:02:01
20 DE VOCHT Liesbeth DSB
21 HENRION Ludivine RSC
22 JEULAND Pascale FUT
23 VILAJOSANA ANDREU Marta DGC
24 HARE WILLIANSON Catherine FEN
25 VISSER Adrie DSB


The Gruppetto rolls in Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

26 VZESNIAUSKAITE Modesta BCT
27 FERRIER-BRUNEAU Christel VOR
28 DELFOSSE Catherine LBL
29 CREUX Sophie ESG
30 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek DSB
31 DRUYTS Kelly VLL
32 PUCINSKAITE Edita DGC
33 DECROIX Lieselot RTL
34 BLAAK Chantal LNL
35 JAUNATRE Marina FUT
36 PIJNENBORG Mascha RSC
37 BRÄNDLI Nicole BCT
38 ANTOSHINA Tatiana GAU
39 ALLEN Jessica 0
40 BOSMAN Andrea LNL


Ina-Yoko Teutenberg Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen

41 DUFOER Sjoukje VLL
42 WRUBLESKI Alexandra TCW
43 VAN DEN BROEK Irene LNL
44 BRAND Lucinda LNL
45 SELS Loes VLL
46 ANDERSON Kimberly TCW
47 VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie TCW
48 DAVISON Lea 0
49 NEBEN Amber NUR
50 HÄUSLER Claudia RTL
51 CORAZZA Martina GAU
52 GILMORE Rochelle LBL +0:03:03
53 AUNE Karin FEN
54 PINTARELLI Daniela TUE
55 LELEIVYTE Rasa SAF


Armstrong rolls in Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen


56 ITURRIAGAECHEVARRIA MAZAGA Eneritz SAF
57 MCNELLIS Carmen MIC
58 DIJKMAN Petra RSC
59 KOZONCHUK Oxana MSI
60 SLAPPENDEL Iris FLX
61 LANSSENS Lien LBL
62 CORDON Audrey FUT
63 BECKER Charlotte NUR
64 THÜRIG Karin BCT
65 KELLER Luise TCW
66 SCHMIDT Trine FLX
67 DAAMS Jessie VLL +0:04:54
68 COLCLOUGH Katie 0
69 SCHOONBAERT Kim LBL
70 ZUCKERMANDEL Denise 0


Amber Neben Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen


71 RUZICKOVA Martina TUE
72 VAN DE REE Monique LNL
73 WERNER Laure RSC
74 AZZINI Emanuela GAU
75 BOYD Kaytee MSI
76 LIEBIG Tina DSB
77 BELTMAN Chantal TCW
78 LUPERINI Fabiana MSI
79 CORNEO Sigrid MSI
80 ANDRUK Alona SAF
81 ELEMANS Saskia FLX
82 HENNIG Angela DSB +0:07:12
83 KANIS Jacobien FLX

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