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2009 Giro Donne (2.1) - Stage 6
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 7/11/2009
2009 Giro Donne (2.1) - Stage 6
 

2009 Giro Donne (2.1) - Stage 6

Strong riding by Columbia-HTC's Judith Arndt and Mara Abbott saw Arndt take the team's third stage win of the race and move into second overall, whilst Abbott is now lying in third place on general classification.

Arndt and Abbott formed part of a five rider attack that went clear on the second major climb of stage six from Cerro al Volturno to Sant'Elena Sannita (119,3 km). Overnight race leader Emma Pooley lost contact on the descent, then over the next 40 kilometres of flatter terrain the four remaining breakaways opened up a gap of four minutes on the closest chasing group.

Arndt then won the final short uphill sprint, and is now at 12 seconds behind new race leader Claudia Hausler of Germany, with Abbott in third, 38 seconds behind.

"It's a close situation overall and anything could happen over the next three days," pointed out Columbia-HTC team director Ronny Lauke. "Two of the upcoming stages are really tough, whilst the third is flatter and shouldn't change much overall. But when the gaps are as small as this you never know."

"Today was a really big step forward for the team," Abbott commented. "The stage win was important because there are time bonuses, but the main objective was to open up a big gap overall and that's what we achieved."

"I finished fourth in the final sprint of four, but I wasn't worried. We'd agreed I'd work harder during the break so Judith could save her energy for the final sprint, and when the three came past me with about 500 metres to go I was happy to see them go!"

"We'd covered the attacks in the first part of the stage, then after the group of five formed Ronny told us to go for it on the descent because Pooley wasn't there. Afterwards it was very hard going, but it was exciting watching the lead gradually go up little by little, from 20 seconds to 25 to four minutes."

With two riders so close to the leader, Abbott says that Columbia-HTC "have two cards to play in the last few stages and that's an advantage."

"My form's getting stronger day by day, so that's good, too. It's certainly a great race!"

Cervelo: Claudia Häusler now in pink
The 6th stage of the Giro Donne from Cerro al Volturno to Sant'Elena Sannita was a relatively short 119.3 km. While Cervélo TestTeam didn't win the stage today - that honour went to Judith Arndt (Columbia) - Claudia Häusler placed second and with that result has taken over the overall GC from her teammate Emma Pooley. Third place today went to Nicole Brändli (Bigla Cycling Team).

"We started 17km into the stage with a climb," said Manel Lacambra, Sports Director. "During the climb we increased our speed enough to drop as many riders as possible and to make the race difficult. We arrived at the top with a group of 20 riders, and in the downhill some riders came back and then there were with 41 riders together. Columbia tried to attack but our riders controlled the race in an impressive way. On the second mountain we tried to attack with Carla Ryan but Colombia chased Carla down. In the final climb, our team was at the maximum speed and we made it to a group of five riders, with Emma Pooley and Claudia Häusler (Cervélo TestTeam), Mara Abbot and Judith Arndt (Columbia) and Nicole Brändli (Bigla Cycling Team). In the downhill the Columbia duo and Brändli give full gas and dropped Pooley. Emma came back in the group behind them with Carla Ryan, Fabiana Luperina (Menikini) and Trixi Worrack (Nürunberger). In the front, Claudia tried to attack but Abbot and Arndt chased her back and Arndt won in the sprint. Claudia was pretty close and took second. Emma was in the group behind and lost almost 5 minutes. Claudia is the new leader and we will do everything possible to keep the jersey with our team."

Result
1 ARNDT Judith (GER) Team Columbia 3:26'20 10
2 HAUSLER Claudia (GER) Cervelo Test Team 3:26'20 0 6
3 BRANDLI Nicole (SUI) Bigla Cycling Team 3:26'23 3 4
4 ABBOTT Mara (USA) Team Columbia 3:26'34 14
5 WORRACK Trixi (GER) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 3:31'38 5'18
6 LUPERINI Fabiana (ITA) Selle Italia Ghezzi 3:31'42 5'22
7 RYAN Carla (AUS) Cervelo Test Team 3:31'49 5'29
8 POOLEY Emma (GBR) Cervelo Test Team 3:32'04 5'44
9 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana (RUS) Fenixs 3:34'15 7'55
10 PUCINSKAITE Edita (LTU) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 3:34'17 7'57
11 ANDERSON Kimberly (USA) Team Columbia 3:34'17 7'57
12 ANTOSHINA Tatiana (RUS) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 3:34'26 8'06
13 OLIVEIRA Flavia (BRA) Michela Fanini Record Rox 3:34'26 8'06
14 LJUNGSKOG Susanne (SWE) Team Flexpoint 3:34'31 8'11
15 VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie (DEN) Team Columbia 3:34'32 8'12
16 GUDERZO Tatiana (ITA) Michela Fanini Record Rox 3:34'32 8'12
17 ARMSTRONG Kristin (USA) Cervelo Test Team 3:34'32 8'12
18 ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth (GBR) Lotto Belisol G 3:40'57 14'37
19 ZILIUTE Diana (LTU) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi 3:40'59 14'39
20 BERLATO Elena (ITA) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi G 3:41'02 14'42
21 VILAJOSANA ANDREU Marta Team Cmax Dila' 3:41'13 14'53
22 OLDS Shelley (USA) Usa National Team 3:42'48 16'28
23 OLIYNIK Olena (UKR) Usc Chirio Forno d'Asolo G 3:42'50 16'30
24 VZESNIAUSKAITE Modesta (LTU) Bigla Cycling Team 3:42'50 16'30
25 CROMWELL Tiffany (AUS) Australia G 3:42'53 16'33
26 HALLIDAY Amber (AUS) Australia 3:42'53 16'33
27 CORNEO Sigrid (SLO) Selle Italia Ghezzi 3:42'53 16'33
28 SLAPPENDEL Iris (NED) Team Flexpoint 3:42'53 16'33
29 DECROIX Lieselot (BEL) Cervelo Test Team G 3:42'56 16'36
30 CURI MATTIS Katheryn (USA) Usa National Team 3:42'57 16'37

Full result

Ranking

1 HAUSLER Claudia (GER) Cervelo Test Team 15:50'43
2 ARNDT Judith (GER) Team Columbia 15:50'55 12
3 ABBOTT Mara (USA) Team Columbia 15:51'21 38
4 BRANDLI Nicole (SUI) Bigla Cycling Team 15:53'16 2'33
5 POOLEY Emma (GBR) Cervelo Test Team 15:55'22 4'39
6 RYAN Carla (AUS) Cervelo Test Team 15:58'33 7'50
7 LUPERINI Fabiana (ITA) Selle Italia Ghezzi 15:59'32 8'49
8 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana (RUS) Fenixs 15:59'39 8'56
9 PUCINSKAITE Edita (LTU) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 16:00'02 9'19
10 GUDERZO Tatiana (ITA) Michela Fanini Record Rox 16:02'58 12'15
11 ANTOSHINA Tatiana (RUS) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 16:04'38 13'55
12 LJUNGSKOG Susanne (SWE) Team Flexpoint 16:05'04 14'21
13 VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie (DEN) Team Columbia 16:06'21 15'38
14 ARMSTRONG Kristin (USA) Cervelo Test Team 16:06'42 15'59
15 OLIVEIRA Flavia (USA) Michela Fanini Record Rox 16:09'06 18'23
16 ZILIUTE Diana (LTU) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi 16:13'14 22'31
17 ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth (GBR) Lotto Belisol G 16:13'55 23'12
18 BERLATO Elena (ITA) Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi G 16:14'38 23'55
19 CANTELE Noemi (ITA) Bigla Cycling Team 16:14'42 23'59
20 ANDERSON Kimberly (USA) Team Columbia 16:14'46 24'03
21 CORNEO Sigrid (SLO) Selle Italia Ghezzi 16:16'37 25'54
22 VILAJOSANA ANDREU Marta Team Cmax Dila' 16:16'37 25'54
23 CROMWELL Tiffany (AUS) Australia G 16:17'18 26'35
24 WORRACK Trixi (GER) Equipe Nurnberger 16:17'27 26'44
25 KELLER Luise (GER) Team Columbia 16:18'28 27'45
26 CARRETTA Valentina (ITA) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 16:19'43 29'00
27 SLAPPENDEL Iris (NED) Team Flexpoint 16:19'44 29'01
28 OLIYNIK Olena (UKR) Usc Chirio Forno d'Asolo G 16:20'54 30'11
29 BACCAILLE Monia (ITA) Michela Fanini Record Rox 16:21'41 30'58
30 GUNNEWIJK Loes (NED) Team Flexpoint 16:22'02 31'19

Full result

Remaining stages
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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