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May 23/08 11:20 am - Alex Wrubleski Withdraws from Tour de L'Aude, Team Webcor Tour de L'Aude Reports

Posted by Editoress on 05/23/08

Alex Wrubleski was DNF at yesterday's Stage 6 of Tour de l'Aude, we contacted her to find iout why and Alex sent us the following:

Yes, unfortunately I went into the Tour under the weather, so because of that and a few other things I just wasn't able to recover and was just digging myself into a hole...

For the 3 main climbing stages, I helped out my team mate Christine [Thorburn] as much as possible, as this is a race that will affect her Olympic selection.

I would have finished the race for fitness if it were in different circumstances, however, I still have Montreal [World Cup] and Tour [of Grand Montreal], Philly and Nature Valley to do in the next month, and I need good health for those races.

l'Aude is a great race but not one you can do without recovering each day. It's a race that I will plan for next year.

Team Webcor Blog

The Webcor team has been posting a rider's blog from the events they have entered this year. Erinne Willock's was the latest entry form Stage 6 at Tour de L'Aude

05-22-08 Tour de L'Aude Cycliste Féminin Stage 6

Stage 6 was the first point to point race of this Tour. The course was not has hard as some, but it was the racers who made it hard.

Here is Erinne's Report:

Stage 6 of Tour de L'Aude was once again another bike race today. We are all getting a little more tired, little more sore, more hungry, more delirious and our Team Webcor is getting a little smaller. Yesterday we lost Rebecca because of injuries to her back from her crash in the TTT and today we lost Alex who despite being so much help, needs a rest and hasn't been feeling very good this week. But, we are still four strong and ready to still give 'er.

Today was another one of those "Mountain Stages". It had three Category 1 GPM's, two sprints and one sprint for time, so it was a busy day. We started with a very fast road leading into the first GPM with a sharp left turn. Gina kept Christine and I up at the front in great position for the first 10km until that crucial left turn. Then the road went UP! The climb was steady but hard and at the top there was a smaller group of climbers. After that a small descent, then a small 1.5km climb, then a very long fast technical and super fun descent. Maryline Salvetat (French National Team) attacked on the small climb and Sara Carrigan (Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam) and I went with her and then bombed the descent and had 29 seconds by the bottom. The three of us rolled through on this big road until the base of the second GPM where we got caught. But in the meantime, during the break, I WON one of my first ever sprints in the sprint for time at 40-something kilometers.

Read the rest of the entry HERE


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