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April 27/12 11:51 am - Gracia - Orlova: Stage 2


Posted by Editoress on 04/27/12
 

Specialized-lululemon took first, second, fourth and fifth at the time trial stage at Gracia Orlova on Friday but instead of the normal boring race report, here is a blog from the winner.

By Ellen Van Dijk

The week in Czech so far has brought me many surprises. To be honest, when I think about Czech, I think about vodka, bad weather and grey houses. But I have to rectify this vision since we didn't get any vodka yet and we're getting sunburned in 30 degrees while enjoying the beautiful scenery on our bikes. I won't elaborate too much about the great weather, cause it might annoy my teammates in rainy Luxembourg a bit. The residence we stay during our Czech trip is one of the most remarkable places I've ever stayed in. It's a sanatorium and this morning I witnessed a bunch of grannies decorating a Christmas Tree. When we came back from racing this afternoon there was a full on Halloween party going on. 

The courses in Czech are also pretty surprising. Today we headed to a highway in the middle of the Czech republic. It was completely blocked because 130 girls had to ride a 26km time trial in the Gracia Orlova. The course couldn't be more simple; 7km out, U-turn, 7km back, U-turn and -just to make it not too exciting- the same lap another time. So 7x4 = ... indeed, the organisers surprised us and made the course secretly 2km longer. But who cares when suffering at your very max? It was a typical TT course where the strongest rider of the day would win. Or at least, that is what you would think.

1km into this time trial and as my teammate Katie would say: I was bored! Because what do you think of when you have 26 of exactly the same kilometers in front of you? Time trialling hurts and the trick to go fast is to try not to think about the pain while riding. But that is pretty challenging when there is literally nothing to distract you. Evie declared afterwards she closed her eyes for half of the time trial to not have to look at the endless highway in front of her. The most exciting thing in the race was probably seeing teammates riding on the other side of the highway cause they started some minutes behind. Or maybe it was our only supporter Beth who screamed for her life at the turning point while asking afterwards: 'Did you hear me?'

Going in the race I knew my teammates probably would be my biggest opponents, which seems to be the consequence of riding for this amazing team. But I never could have prospected todays result. To have all of us in the top 12 doesn't even surprise me that much anymore. But to finish with the smallest possible advantage in front of Evie - 0.01sec- after 28km is just unbelievable. It made me feel more awkward than happy. It's not very fun to get to 'win' from your teammate, while you actually rode both as fast. But the good thing is that Evie is leading in GC and after our last couple of days I think I can say we're ready to surprise some more in Czech. Let's fight for every hundredth of a second!

 

Results from the third stage of the Gracia - Orlova in the Czech Republic

Stage 2: HavÌrov to HavÌrov ITT, 26 km Time Diff
1 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized-lululemon 0:35:27.46
2 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized-lululemon 0:35:27.47 0:00
3 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Russian National Team 0:36:33.36 1:06
4 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized-lululemon 0:36:40.27 1:13
5 Katie Colclough (GBr) Team Specialized-lululemon 0:36:58.79 1:31
6 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:36:59.46 1:32
7 Aleksand Burchenkova (Rus) S.C. Michela Fanini 0:37:35.01 2:08
8 Olena Sharha (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:37:42.76 2:15
9 Laura Trott (GBr) Team Ibis Cycles 0:37:54.00 2:27
10 Larisa Pankova (Rus) Russian National Team 0:38:03.76 2:36
11 Olena Pavlukhina (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:38:04.86 2:37
12 Ally Stacher (USA) Team Specialized-lululemon 0:38:05.32 2:38
13 Martina Ritter (Aut) Austrian National Team 0:38:15.31 2:48
14 Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope 0:38:23.59 2:56
15 Taryn Heather (Aus) Australian National Team 0:38:30.67 3:03
16 Sinead Noonan (Aus) Australian National Team 0:38:31.06 3:04
17 Emma Trott (GBr) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 0:38:40.80 3:13
18 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Australian National Team 0:38:41.12 3:14
19 Carla Ryan (Aus) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:38:43.07 3:16
20 Martina Ruzicková (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini 0:38:47.90 3:20
21 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:38:48.09 3:21
22 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 0:38:25.07 2:58
23 Natalya Boyarskaya (Rus) Russian National Team 0:38:53.00 3:26
24 Marijn De Vries (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:38:54.82 3:27
25 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink 0:39:04.99 3:37
26 Irina Molicheva (Rus) Russian National Team 0:39:07.59 3:40
27 Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Austrian National Team 0:39:12.09 3:45
28 Tjasa Rutar (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 0:39:19.96 3:52
29 Jarmila Machacová (Cze) Czech National Team 0:39:21.51 3:54
30 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Australian National Team 0:39:21.70 3:54
31 Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:39:24.98 3:57
32 Pavlína Sulcová (Cze) Bigla Cycling 0:39:28.29 4:01
33 Eugenia Bujak (Pol) Polish National Team 0:39:32.10 4:05
34 Aurélie Halbwachs (Mri) Vienne Futuroscope 0:39:33.67 4:06
35 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope 0:39:36.66 4:09
36 Julie Leth (Den) Team Ibis Cycles 0:39:38.77 4:11
37 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Australian National Team 0:39:40.42 4:13
38 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 0:39:41.05 4:14
39 Katarina Hranaiova (Cze) Bigla Cycling 0:39:42.02 4:15
40 Paulina Brzezna-Bentkowska (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 0:39:46.48 4:19
41 Madelene Olsson (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:39:47.35 4:20
42 Andrea Graus (Aut) Vienne Futuroscope 0:39:52.98 4:25
43 Marjolein Claessen (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 0:39:58.05 4:31
44 Mia Radotic (Cro) Croatian National Team 0:40:00.14 4:33
45 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Polish National Team 0:40:03.65 4:36
46 Nicole Hanselmann (Sui) Bigla Cycling 0:40:09.88 4:42
47 Veronic Leal Balderas (Mex) S.C. Michela Fanini 0:40:09.94 4:42
48 Alenka Novak (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 0:40:14.65 4:47
49 Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Mcipollini Giambenini 0:40:20.17 4:53
50 Jessica Allen (Aus) Australian National Team 0:40:24.73 4:57
51 Ursa Pintar (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 0:40:25.17 4:58
52 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) Polish National Team 0:40:27.04 5:00
53 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope 0:40:27.20 5:00
54 Edyta Jasinska (Pol) Polish National Team 0:40:34.98 5:07
55 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 0:40:35.20 5:08
56 Marina Likhanova (Rus) Russian National Team 0:40:41.22 5:14
57 Svetlana Bubnenkova-Stolbov (Rus) Russian National Team 0:40:44.46 5:17
58 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Be Pink 0:40:52.17 5:25
59 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 0:40:53.82 5:26
60 Sara Grifi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini 0:40:55.62 5:28
61 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Swedish National Team 0:40:56.52 5:29
62 Valentina Carretta (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 0:40:56.84 5:29
63 Elisabeth Reiner (Aut) Austrian National Team 0:41:01.65 5:34
64 Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:41:05.32 5:38
65 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Polish National Team 0:41:06.14 5:39
66 Linda Ringlever (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 0:40:51.43 5:24
67 Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 0:41:13.75 5:46
68 Michal Ella (Isr) S.C. Michela Fanini 0:41:19.49 5:52
69 Sara Olsson (Swe) Swedish National Team 0:41:19.76 5:52
70 Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) Austrian National Team 0:41:20.70 5:53
71 Linnea Sjöblom (Swe) Swedish National Team 0:41:21.65 5:54
72 Paulina Guz (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 0:41:23.38 5:56
73 Britt Lauenborg (Den) Blue Water Ladies 0:41:24.60 5:57
74 Tina Nielsen (Den) Blue Water Ladies 0:41:24.95 5:57
75 Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Swedish National Team 0:41:25.39 5:58
76 Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Swedish National Team 0:41:26.97 5:59
77 Janka Stevková (Svk) EDO Epic Dohnany-Mix Team 0:41:28.69 6:01
78 Sara Frece (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 0:41:33.52 6:06
79 Karolina Garczynska (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 0:41:35.27 6:08
80 Sandra Weiss (Sui) Bigla Cycling 0:41:49.59 6:22
81 Djoeke Donkers (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 0:42:06.17 6:39
82 Margiet Kloppenburg (Den) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 0:42:07.03 6:40
83 Johanna Nilsson (Swe) Swedish National Team 0:42:07.22 6:40
84 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 0:42:16.69 6:49
85 Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:42:16.84 6:49
86 Jane Barr (GBr) Team Ibis Cycles 0:42:16.99 6:49
87 Petra Zrimsek (Slo) Be Pink 0:42:18.77 6:51
88 Veronika Bláhová (Cze) Czech National Team 0:42:19.01 6:52
89 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Be Pink 0:42:20.97 6:53
90 Natalia Rutkowska (Pol) Polish National Team 0:42:21.45 6:54
91 Elena Valentini (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 0:42:30.22 7:03
92 Lorena Foresi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini 0:42:31.88 7:04
93 Fie Degn (Den) Blue Water Ladies 0:42:36.12 7:09
94 Christina Perchtold (Aut) Austrian National Team 0:42:36.68 7:09
95 Natalia Mielnik (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 0:42:41.70 7:14
96 Esther Olthuis (Ned) Team Ibis Cycles 0:42:47.59 7:20
97 Christina Siggaard (Den) Blue Water Ladies 0:43:01.92 7:34
98 Jessica Smits (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 0:43:08.68 7:41
99 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 0:43:16.02 7:49
100 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Be Pink 0:43:16.38 7:49
101 Danielle Lissenberg-Bekkering (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 0:43:17.99 7:50
102 Irena Berková (Cze) EDO Epic Dohnany-Mix Team 0:43:19.59 7:52
103 Christina Kollmann (Aut) Austrian National Team 0:43:36.03 8:09
104 Ajda Opeka (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 0:43:44.02 8:17
105 Martina Weiss (Sui) Bigla Cycling 0:43:58.01 8:31
106 Tereza Trefná (Cze) Czech National Team 0:44:07.46 8:40
OTL Monika Kadlecová (Svk) EDO Epic Dohnany-Mix Team 0:44:42.73 9:15
OTL Martina Thomasson (Swe) Team Ibis Cycles 0:44:50.19 9:23
OTL Linda Vítová (Cze) Czech National Team 0:45:04.84 9:37
OTL Vendula Kuntová (Cze) Czech National Team 0:45:26.66 9:59
OTL Monika Brzezna (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 0:45:41.65 10:14
OTL Jennifer Sägesser (Sui) Bigla Cycling 0:46:03.22 10:36
OTL Anna Kyva (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:47:35.20 12:08
OTL Joanna Dubieniecka (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 0:48:28.38 13:01
DNS Evelyn Garcia Marroquin (Esa) Be Pink
 
GC
1 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized-lululemon 3:33:59
2 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized-lululemon at 0:13
3 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized-lululemon 1:25
4 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Russian National Team 1:32
5 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 1:45
6 Aleksand Burchenkova (Rus) S.C. Michela Fanini 2:29
7 Katie Colclough (GBr) Team Specialized-lululemon 2:32
8 Olena Sharha (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 2:38
9 Laura Trott (GBr) Team Ibis Cycles 2:53
10 Larisa Pankova (Rus) Russian National Team 3:05
11 Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope 3:20
12 Sinead Noonan (Aus) Australian National Team 3:30
13 Olena Pavlukhina (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 3:38
14 Taryn Heather (Aus) Australian National Team 3:46
15 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 3:47
16 Carla Ryan (Aus) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 3:47
17 Ally Stacher (USA) Team Specialized-lululemon 3:50
18 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink 3:54
19 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 3:58
20 Martina Ruzicková (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini 4:02
21 Marijn De Vries (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 4:05
22 Irina Molicheva (Rus) Russian National Team 4:14
23 Martina Ritter (Aut) Austrian National Team 4:14
24 Emma Trott (GBr) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 4:19
25 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Australian National Team 4:25
26 Natalya Boyarskaya (Rus) Russian National Team 4:30
27 Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 4:37
28 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope 4:42
29 Paulina Brzezna-Bentkowska (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 4:43
30 Andrea Graus (Aut) Vienne Futuroscope 4:48
31 Madelene Olsson (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 4:52
32 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 4:55
33 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Australian National Team 4:59
34 Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Austrian National Team 5:04
35 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Australian National Team 5:08
36 Julie Leth (Den) Team Ibis Cycles 5:17
37 Aurélie Halbwachs (Mri) Vienne Futuroscope 5:18
38 Jarmila Machacová (Cze) Czech National Team 5:22
39 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 5:34
40 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) Polish National Team 5:35
41 Pavlína Sulcová (Cze) Bigla Cycling 5:41
42 Ursa Pintar (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 5:48
43 Marjolein Claessen (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 5:51
44 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Polish National Team 5:56
45 Katarina Hranaiova (Cze) Bigla Cycling 5:57
46 Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 5:58
47 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope 6:00
48 Valentina Carretta (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 6:01
49 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 6:04
50 Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Mcipollini Giambenini 6:15
51 Linda Ringlever (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 6:17
52 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) Polish National Team 6:19
53 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Swedish National Team 6:31
54 Veronic Leal Balderas (Mex) S.C. Michela Fanini 6:31
55 Svetlana Bubnenkova-Stolbov (Rus) Russian National Team 6:32
56 Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) Austrian National Team 6:34
57 Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Swedish National Team 6:48
58 Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 7:00
59 Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Swedish National Team 7:01
60 Britt Lauenborg (Den) Blue Water Ladies 7:13
61 Sara Grifi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini 7:14
62 Janka Stevková (Svk) EDO Epic Dohnany-Mix Team 7:22
63 Alenka Novak (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 7:25
64 Sara Frece (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 7:29
65 Sandra Weiss (Sui) Bigla Cycling 7:35
66 Linnea Sjöblom (Swe) Swedish National Team 7:44
67 Eugenia Bujak (Pol) Polish National Team 7:47
68 Karolina Garczynska (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 7:55
69 Petra Zrimsek (Slo) Be Pink 8:01
70 Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 8:06
71 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Be Pink 8:18
72 Christina Perchtold (Aut) Austrian National Team 8:28
73 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 8:41
74 Esther Olthuis (Ned) Team Ibis Cycles 8:46
75 Natalia Mielnik (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 8:50
76 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Be Pink 9:10
77 Elena Valentini (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 9:44
78 Ajda Opeka (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 10:09
79 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 10:37
80 Lorena Foresi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini 11:09
81 Jessica Allen (Aus) Australian National Team 11:37
82 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Be Pink 12:02
83 Elisabeth Reiner (Aut) Austrian National Team 12:48
84 Paulina Guz (Pol) LKS Atom Boxmet 12:49
85 Tjasa Rutar (Slo) Klub Polet Garmin 13:27
86 Jane Barr (GBr) Team Ibis Cycles 13:51
87 Michal Ella (Isr) S.C. Michela Fanini 14:01
88 Veronika Bláhová (Cze) Czech National Team 15:02
89 Johanna Nilsson (Swe) Swedish National Team 15:10
90 Djoeke Donkers (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 15:14
91 Nicole Hanselmann (Sui) Bigla Cycling 15:24
92 Fie Degn (Den) Blue Water Ladies 15:43
93 Tereza Trefná (Cze) Czech National Team 16:01
94 Edyta Jasinska (Pol) Polish National Team 16:29
95 Sara Olsson (Swe) Swedish National Team 16:31
96 Marina Likhanova (Rus) Russian National Team 16:35
97 Christina Siggaard (Den) Blue Water Ladies 19:56
98 Martina Weiss (Sui) Bigla Cycling 20:45
99 Mia Radotic (Cro) Croatian National Team 21:52
100 Tina Nielsen (Den) Blue Water Ladies 23:48
101 Natalia Rutkowska (Pol) Polish National Team 24:36
102 Margiet Kloppenburg (Den) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 25:07
103 Jessica Smits (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 25:55
104 Christina Kollmann (Aut) Austrian National Team 26:14
105 Danielle Lissenberg-Bekkering (Ned) NWVG-Bike 4 Air 26:29
106 Irena Berková (Cze) EDO Epic Dohnany-Mix Team 31:01

 


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