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May 17/10 14:15 pm - Tour de l'Aude: Stage 3

Posted by Editoress on 05/17/10

HTC-Columbia's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg battled through galeforce winds on stage three of the Tour de L'Aude in France to take her twelfth triumph of the season and nineteenth career victory in the race, while teammate Adrie Visser remains in the overall lead.

"I was actually pretty annoyed before the stage started because I'd ridden a poor team time trial the day before, and so I worked hard to forge an early break with three other riders," Teutenberg said later. "The only problem was it was really windy today. It was blowing at maybe 50 or 60 kmh and we were riding mostly into a headwind. It was crazy. Normally you get one windy day in the Tour de L'Aude, but this time it just hasn't stopped and this was the worst of the race so far."

Teutenberg said the break had survived because of strong collaboration, but that it had been a very tough struggle with their advantage at a bare minimum at the finish.
"Cervélo were working very hard behind and after losing one person from the break, we reached the finish with only about 20 seconds on the bunch. It wasn't much of a gap but we kept working together and we were totally exhausted when it was over. The final sprint was really close at first, but I was able to put some distance between me and the rest of the break at the end. It really made up for what had happened the day before."

Teutenberg's win was her nineteenth in the Tour de L'Aude, reinforcing her position as the rider with the greatest number of stage victories ever in the prestigious French race. "It was a really hard day," added Teutenberg's HTC-Columbia team-mate Adrie Visser, "but this is my first ever lead in a stage race and it's really nice to look down and see I'm wearing a yellow jersey. The stage had a really tough start, and later on Cervélo started to chase. But I had a good spot in the bunch and I could hold on ok. Tomorrow [Tuesday] is a lot more mountainous and we're more here for stage wins than winning the overall, but I won't let go of the lead without a fight. Whatever happens I won't forget leading this race, either."

Teutenberg's victory is the third for HTC-Columbia in less than 24 hours, following Mark Cavendish's win in the first stage of the Tour of California and Matt Goss's victory in the Giro d'Italia.

HTC-Columbia press release

Stage 3: Lezignan-Corbieres to Lezignan-Corbieres, 110 km
1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Columbia Women 2:53:59
2 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.Nl at s.t.
3 Carmen Small (USA) US National Team 0:02
4 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:25
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team
6 Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam
7 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
8 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Nederland Bloeit
9 Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam
10 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling
11 Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss RDZ Ormu
12 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.Nl
13 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Noris Cycling
14 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
15 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam
16 Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo TestTeam
17 Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam
18 Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Columbia Women
19 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam
20 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit all s.t.
21 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Safi-Pasta Zara 1:35
22 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) German National Team
23 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu
24 Katheryn Mattis (USA) US National Team all s.t.
25 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Columbia Women 2:35
26 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara 3:00
27 Petra Dijkman (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team
28 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco
29 Rebecca Much (USA) Tibco
30 Emma Mackie (Aus) Tibco
31 Angela Hennig (Ger) Noris Cycling
32 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team
33 Martina Zwick (Ger) German National Team
34 Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Safi-Pasta Zara
35 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team
36 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Leontien.Nl
37 Romy Kasper (Ger) Noris Cycling
38 Josien Van Wingerden (Ned) Leontien.Nl
39 Ruth Corset (Aus) Tibco
40 Marijn De Vries (Ned) Leontien.Nl
41 Carla Swart (RSA) MTN Energade Ladies Team
42 Mara Abbot (USA) US National Team
43 Marissa Van Der Merwe (RSA) MTN Energade Ladies Team
44 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Michela Fanini Record Rox
45 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team
46 Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
47 Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) HTC Columbia Women
48 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Team Valdarmo all s.t.
49 Luise Keller (Ger) HTC Columbia Women 3:07
50 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Fenixs-Petrogadets 4:09
51 Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope s.t.
52 Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu 7:49
53 Carly Hibberd (Aus) Michela Fanini Record Rox
54 Robyn De Groot (RSA) MTN Energade Ladies Team
55 Irina Molicheva (Rus) Fenixs-Petrogadets
56 Anriette Schoeman (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team
57 Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) Michela Fanini Record Rox
58 Kristin Mac Grath (USA) US National Team
59 Béatrice Thomas (Fra) ESGL93-Gestion
60 Denise Zuckermandel (Ger) German National Team
61 Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) ESGL93-Gestion
62 Andrea Dvorak (USA) US National Team
63 Giada Borgato (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
64 Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs-Petrogadets
65 Amanda Miller (USA) Tibco
66 Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Noris Cycling
67 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Leontien.Nl
68 Audrey Lemieux (Can) ESGL93-Gestion
69 Brooke Miller (USA) Tibco
70 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara
71 Mélanie Bravard (Fra) ESGL93-Gestion
72 Katharine Carrol (USA) US National Team
73 Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Ladies Team all s.t.
74 Jenifer Letue (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 10:02
75 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
76 Lina-kristin Schink (Ger) German National Team
77 Laura Dittmann (Ger) German National Team
78 Lorena Foresi (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara
79 Elizabeth Hatch (USA) Lotto Ladies Team
80 Franziska Merten (Ger) German National Team
81 Laura Bozzolo (Ita) Team Valdarmo
82 Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Team Valdarmo
83 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Team Valdarmo
84 Martina Ruzickova (Cze) Michela Fanini Record Rox
85 Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Redsun Cycling Team
86 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Noris Cycling all s.t.
87 Karol-ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope 10:16
88 Cashandra Slingerland (RSA) MTN Energade Ladies Team
89 Lylanie Lauwrens (RSA) MTN Energade Ladies Team both s.t.
90 Yulia Iliynikh (Rus) Fenixs-Petrogadets 16:50
OTL Florence Girardet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 20:23
OTL Laure Werner (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team 21:29
OTL Serena Mensa (Ita) Michela Fanini Record Rox 21:56
OTL Marta Vila Josana Andreu (Esp) Team Valdarmo s.t.
OTL Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Valdarmo 23:44
OTL Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope s.t.
OTL Sara Grifi (Ita) Michela Fanini Record Rox 23:44
DNS Loes Markerink (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
DSN Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Columbia Women
DNF Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs-Petrogadets
DNF Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs-Petrogadets
DNF Eneritz Iturriagae (Esp) Safi-Pasta Zara
DNS Siobhan Horgan (Irl) ESGL93-Gestion


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