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6th Women's Ronde van Vlaanderen - CDM

Belgium, April 5, 2009

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Teutenberg takes her Monument

By Daniel Benson in Meerbeke

Ina Teutenberg (Columbia-Highroad) wins
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Ina Teutenberg won the Ronde van Vlaanderen Vrouwen, the women's Tour of Flanders, with a sprint finish ahead of Kirsten Wild (Cervelo TestTeam) and Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling Team), to secure Columbia High Road's first World Cup win of the season. The German sprinter Teutenberg came through in the last hundred meters after World Cup leader Marianne Vos's solo attack was chased down with only two kilometres remaining. Teutenberg's achievement was all the more impressive as she was left without any teammates in the final kilometres of the race.

"I was on my own so I just sat in for the last 15km as it was a case of not wasting energy, and the scenario played right into my hands. The race was hard enough on the hills but luckily Cervelo had the numbers, and they were interested in working for a sprint and brought it back together," said a delighted Teutenberg at the finish. "Kristen started to wind things up with 200 meters to go, and I came around her with 50 meters left. She's fast, so I couldn't wait too long in case she got a gap."

Earlier in the morning, the ladies began their 131.6km cobbled classic - containing the same final 56 kilometres as the men's race and set to finish in Meerbeke - on a damp and cold start line. The field was without last year's winner Judith Arndt and two-time champion Mirjam Melchers Van Poppel (Team Flexpoint), both still recovering from illness, but had recognised stars such as World Champion Nicole Cooke (Vision 1 Racing) and Marrianne Vos (DSB Bank - LTO) and Kristen Armstrong (Cervelo Testteam).

Slow burner

The start
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The initial miles were tame, with Cervelo TestTeam setting the pace and marking moves until the Geraadsbergen. From that point, a flurry of attacks were launched, with Vos and World Champion Cooke instigating the moves. "The race split to pieces right there and our whole team, expect for Ina, was shot right out the back," Linda Villumsen Serup (Team Columbia) told Cyclingnews. "I tried to get back on but I had nothing left."

After a quick regroup, Vos finally managed to break free on the Bosberg and it looked like she would win her second World Cup race on the bounce with a gap of around fifteen seconds. "I thought I could stay away but the group behind me was too big, and I had nothing left for the sprint."

Marianne Vos (DSB Bank - LTO) and others
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Cervelo, now back on the front, caught Vos and with a twenty-strong field coming into the final bend and uphill finish, it looked like they had the numbers to claim the win. "Kirsten (Wild) just didn't have that bit extra you need in finishes like that, but she crashed and still finished second, so that's really rewarding," said American Armstrong. "We worked hard and brought Vos back and had the numbers, but Ina nipped her at the line."

Despite an aggressive performance, Britain's Cooke was left disappointed with her fourth placed finish. "I was away with a group, but we were caught too far from the finish. I knew it would be a sprint from there on in, and I hoped I would be more competitive. After all, I am a bike rider. From where I started training and with my programme being based around goals in September, I'm happy with where I am now," said Cooke.

But the plaudits belonged to Teutenberg, after her faultless performance. "When Mark Cavendish won Milan San Remo I joked with him about winning a Monument as well. Now I've done it, so now we're even.”


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1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Columbia-Highroad                        3.30.12 (38.849 km/h)
2 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo Testteam                                  
3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team                            
4 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Vision 1 Racing                                   
5 Martine Bras (Ned) Selle Italia Ghezzi                               
6 Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO                                    
7 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago                       
8 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team                               
9 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint                                  
10 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam                        
11 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung                  
12 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint                              
13 Christiane Soeder (Aut) Cervelo Testteam                            
14 Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung                       
15 Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago                    
16 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Vision 1 Racing                            0.06
17 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Testteam                                 
18 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo Testteam                            
19 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi                2.01
20 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) DSB Bank - Nederland Bloeit                  
21 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team                         
22 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope                            
23 Marta Vila Josana Andreu (Spa) Team Dila' Kuota                     
24 Catherine Hare Willianson (GBr) Fenixs                              
25 Adrie Visser (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO                                   
26 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Bigla Cycling Team                     
27 Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) Vision 1 Racing                      
28 Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam                   
29 Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion                            
30 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO                           
31 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team         
32 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Team Dila' Kuota                            
33 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Testteam                             
34 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.nl                                     
35 Marina Jaunatre (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope                            
36 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team                        
37 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team                             
38 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago                    
39 Jessica Allen (GBr) Great Britain National Team                     
40 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.nl                                     
41 Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team       
42 Alexandra Wrubleski (Can) Columbia-Highroad                         
43 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Leontien.nl                               
44 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Leontien.nl                                     
45 Loes Sels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team            
46 Kimberly Anderson (USA) Columbia-Highroad                           
47 Linda Villumsen Serup (Den) Columbia-Highroad                       
48 Lea Davison (USA) USA National Team                                 
49 Amber Neben (USA) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung                    
50 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Testteam                              
51 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago                      
52 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam                 3.03
53 Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs                                             
54 Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) Team Uniqa - ELK                           
55 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi                      
56 Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spa) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi          
57 Carmen Mcnellis (USA) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox                
58 Petra Dijkman (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team                            
59 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Selle Italia Ghezzi                           
60 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint                                
61 Lien Lanssens (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam                        
62 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope                              
63 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung               
64 Karin Thürig (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team                               
65 Luise Keller (Ger) Columbia-Highroad                                
66 Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint                                  
67 Jessie Daams (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team     4.54
68 Katie Colclough (GBr) Great Britain National Team                   
69 Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam                      
70 Denise Zuckermandel (Ger) German National Team                      
71 Martina Ruzickova (Cze) Team Uniqa - ELK                            
72 Ree Monique Van De (Ned) Leontien.nl                                
73 Laure Werner (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team                             
74 Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago                      
75 Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi                               
76 Tina Liebig (Ger) DSB Bank - LTO                                    
77 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Columbia-Highroad                             
78 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi                          
79 Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Selle Italia Ghezzi                             
80 Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi                        
81 Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint                                 
82 Angela Hennig (Ger) DSB Bank - LTO                                  
83 Jacobien Kanis (Ned) Team Flexpoint                             7.12
DNF Christina Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung              
DNF Marlen Johrend (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung                
DNF Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team                             
DNF Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team                              
DNF Agne Bagdonaviciute (Ltu) Selle Italia Ghezzi                      
DNF Eleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago                   
DNF Latoya Brulee (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team                           
DNF Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi                  
DNF Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi -Pasta Zara Titanedi                      
DNF Gabriella Day (GBr) Vision 1 Racing                                
DNF Debby Van De Berg (Ned) Vision 1 Racing                            
DNF Dani King (GBr) Vision 1 Racing                                    
DNF Vuyst Sofie De (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam                      
DNF Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Dila' Kuota                               
DNF Silvia Tirado Marquez (Spa) Team Dila' Kuota                       
DNF Alice Donadoni (Ita) Team Dila' Kuota                              
DNF Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Dila' Kuota                          
DNF Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Fenixs                                    
DNF Suzie Godart (Lux) Fenixs                                          
DNF Corine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs                                      
DNF Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Fenixs                                      
DNF Marlijn Binnendijk (Ned) Leontien.nl                               
DNF Florence Girardet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope                         
DNF Alessia Quarta (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox                
DNF Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox                  
DNF Oliveira Flavia M. (USA) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox            
DNF Carly Hibberd (Aus) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox                 
DNF Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox              
DNF Manuela Grunzweil (Aut) Team Uniqa - ELK                           
DNF Bernadette Schober (Aut) Team Uniqa - ELK                          
DNF Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Team Uniqa - ELK                         
DNF Stefanie Degle (Ger) Team Uniqa - ELK                              
DNF Béatrice Thomas (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion                        
DNF Christine Majerus (Lux) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion                      
DNF Estelle Patou (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion                          
DNF Mélodie Lesueur (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion                        
DNF Katrien Van Looy (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team    
DNF Jolien D`Hoore (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team      
DNF Danielle Bekkering (Ned) Team Hitec Products UCK                   
DNF Eyelien Bekkering (Ned) Team Hitec Products UCK                    
DNF Tone Hatteland (Nor) Team Hitec Products UCK                       
DNF Bjørg Eva Jensen (Nor) Team Hitec Products UCK                     
DNF Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Team Hitec Products UCK                   
DNF Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Team Hitec Products UCK          
DNF Hanna Amend (Ger) German National Team                             
DNF Jana Schemmer (Ger) German National Team                           
DNF Laura Ditmann (Ger) German National Team                           
DNF Sharon Van Essen (Ned) Dutch National Team                         
DNF Sissy Van Alebeek (Ned) Dutch National Team                        
DNF Anne Eversdijk (Ned) Dutch National Team                           
DNF Hannah Welter (Ned) Dutch National Team                            
DNF Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Dutch National Team                         
DNF Jessica Phillips (USA) USA National Team                           
DNF Alley Stacher (USA) USA National Team                              
DNF Kristin Mchrath (USA) USA National Team                            
DNF Amber Rais (USA) USA National Team                                 
DNF Lucy Martin (GBr) Great Britain National Team                      
DNF Alexandra Greenfield (GBr) Great Britain National Team             
DNF Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Great Britain National Team