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2009 Giro Donne (2.1) - Stage 1
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 7/5/2009
2009 Giro Donne (2.1) - Stage 1
 

2009 Giro Donne (2.1) - Stage 1

The first stage from San Piero a Sieve to Pratolino di Vaglia over 99.9 km was immediately a very tough stage. The stage win went to former Giro D'Italia winner Edita Pucinskaite. Pucinskaite was the best of a break of four beating five times Giro winner Fabiana Luperini, Emakumeen Bira winner Judith Arndt and American Mara Abbott in the sprint. Due to the win and the belonging time bonuses Pucinskaite takes over the pink jersey from prologue winner Kirsten Wild.

The stage was animated by a break of American Megan Guarnier. Guarnier attacked after 16 km and her solo move ended after km 52. Clemilda Fernandez Silva was the next one to attack but was caught after km 62.

On the uphill finish to Pratolino di Vaglia Fabiana Luperini, born in this region, attacked and she got company of Edita Pucinskaite, Judith Arndt and Mara Abbott. In the sprint Pucinskaite was the fastest.

The second stage will be one of the decisive stages for the general ranking as the women will face a 13,5 km individual time trial from Pontedera to Santa Maria a Monte.

Team Report
Cervelo

The second stage of the Giro Donne from San Piero a Sieve to Patolino di Vaglia was won by Edita Pucinskainte (Gauss), who now wears the maglia rosa. Second place went to Fabiana Luperini (Selle Italia) and third to Judith Arndt (Columbia High Road). Best result from Cervélo TestTeam today was Emma Pooley who finished in 9th spot.

"Today we tried to preserve our energy for the next stages," said Manel Lacambra, Sports Director. "During today's race our presence was felt in the peloton. Our goal was to keep control and not to fight for the magali rosa or the stage win.

Tomorrow's time trial is very important for us and then we will head into stages that have much tougher profile."

Result
1 PUCINSKAITE Edita (LTU) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 2:46'21 10
2 LUPERINI Fabiana (ITA) Selle Italia Ghezzi 2:46'21 0 6
3 ARNDT Judith (GER) Team Columbia Highroad Woman 2:46'21 0 4
4 ABBOTT Mara (USA) Team Columbia Highroad Woman 2:46'21 0
5 CANTELE Noemi (ITA) Bigla Cycling Team 2:46'24 3
6 BRANDLI Nicole (SUI) Bigla Cycling Team 2:46'24 3
7 NEBEN Amber (USA) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2:46'24 3
8 ZILIUTE Diana (LTU) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi 2:46'26 5
9 POOLEY Emma (GBR) Cervelo Test Team 2:46'26 5
10 GUDERZO Tatiana (ITA) S. C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 2:46'30 9
11 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana (RUS) Fenixs Edilsavino 2:46'30 9
12 ARMSTRONG Kristin (USA) Cervelo Test Team 2:46'38 17
13 HAUSLER Claudia (GER) Cervelo Test Team 2:46'42 21
14 LJUNGSKOG Susanne (SWE) Team Flexpoint 2:46'42 21
15 KELLER Luise (GER) Team Columbia Highroad Woman 2:46'47 26
16 RYAN Carla (AUS) Cervelo Test Team 2:46'47 26
17 BACCAILLE Monia (ITA) S. C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 2:46'47 26
18 BELTMAN Chantal (NED) Team Columbia Highroad 2:46'47 26
19 AUNE Karin (SWE) Fenixs Edilsavino 2:46'47 26
20 ANTOSHINA Tatiana (RUS) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 2:46'51 30
21 ANDRUK Alona (UKR) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi G 2:46'51 30
22 GUNNEWIJK Loes (NED) Team Flexpoint 2:46'51 30
23 ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth (GBR) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team G 2:46'58 37
24 BERLATO Elena (ITA) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi G 2:46'58 37
25 CARRETTA Valentina (ITA) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 2:46'58 37
26 VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie (DEN) Team Columbia Highroad 2:47'01 40
27 OLIVEIRA Flavia (BRA) S. C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 2:47'01 40
28 TAYLOR Carlee (AUS) Australia G 2:47'02 41
29 UNGURYTE Edita (LTU) Usc Chirio Forono d'Asolo G 2:47'06 45
30 CORNEO Sigrid (SLO) Selle Italia Ghezzi 2:47'06 45

Full result

Ranking
1 PUCINSKAITE Edita (LTU) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 2:49'28
2 ARNDT Judith (GER) Team Columbia Highroad Woman 2:49'29 1
3 CANTELE Noemi (ITA) Bigla Cycling Team 2:49'37 9
4 LUPERINI Fabiana (ITA) Selle Italia Ghezzi 2:49'37 9
5 NEBEN Amber (USA) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2:49'39 11
6 POOLEY Emma (GBR) Cervelo Test Team 2:49'40 12
7 ZILIUTE Diana (LTU) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi 2:49'41 13
8 BRANDLI Nicole (SUI) Bigla Cycling Team 2:49'42 14
9 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana (RUS) Fenixs Edilsavino 2:49'46 18
10 ARMSTRONG Kristin (USA) Cervelo Test Team 2:49'47 19
11 GUDERZO Tatiana (ITA) S. C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 2:49'49 21
12 LJUNGSKOG Susanne (SWE) Team Flexpoint 2:49'54 26
13 HAUSLER Claudia (GER) Cervelo Test Team 2:49'59 31
14 BELTMAN Chantal (NED) Team Columbia Highroad Woman 2:49'59 31
15 ABBOTT Mara (USA) Team Columbia Highroad Woman 2:50'01 33
16 GUNNEWIJK Loes (NED) Team Flexpoint 2:50'06 38
17 ANTOSHINA Tatiana (RUS) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 2:50'06 38
18 RYAN Carla (AUS) Cervelo Test Team 2:50'08 40
19 AUNE Karin (SWE) Fenixs Edilsavino 2:50'08 40
20 BACCAILLE Monia (ITA) S. C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 2:50'09 41
21 KELLER Luise (GER) Team Columbia Highroad Woman 2:50'11 43
22 VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie (DEN) Team Columbia Highroad 2:50'11 43
23 ANDRUK Alona (UKR) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi G 2:50'13 45
24 ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth (GBR) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team G 2:50'18 50
25 CARRETTA Valentina (ITA) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 2:50'18 50
26 BERLATO Elena (ITA) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi G 2:50'20 52
27 TAYLOR Carlee (AUS) Australia G 2:50'23 55
28 CARROL Katherine (USA) Usa National Team 2:50'26 58
29 OLIVEIRA Flavia (BRA) S. C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 2:50'28 1'00
30 VZESNIAUSKAITE Modesta (LTU) Bigla Cycling Team 2:50'31 1'03

Full result

Remaining stages
Stage 2: Pontedera - Santa Maria a Monte, 13.5 km
Stage 3: Calcinaia - Prato a Calci/Monte Serra, 106.4 km
Stage 4: Porto San Elpidio, 109.2 km
Stage 5: Fossacesia - Cerro al Volturno, 109.2 km
Stage 6: Cerro al Volturno - Sant'Elena Sannita, 119.3 km
Stage 7: Andria - Castel Del Monte, 131.2 km
Stage 8: San Marco Dei Cavoti - Pesco Sannita, 115.6 km
Stage 9: Grumo Nevano, 111.2 km

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