Thursday, 5 April 2012

Energiewacht Stage 2 report and results

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
(now with Lululemon)
(image credit: Gsl 2.0 CC BY-SA 3.0)
As expected on the flat Bad Nieuweschans parcours, today's 107.3km stage was dominated by a group of fast riders who escaped the peloton away early on - and since that break included the likes of Adrie Visser, Iris Slappendel, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos and 18 other fast favourites, the rest of the field really had no chance at all of sending a rider up to win this one.

Sofie Verdonck (Dura Vermeer-Zuidwesthoek) and Sandra van Veghal (Specialized-DPD-SRAM) had what looked to be a nasty crash, race organisers later noticing a wing mirror missing from a car parked at the side of the road which seems a likely cause. There's no information on their well-being as of yet, but it'll be added here as soon as possible.

With the 22 leaders off up the road, the field began to break apart as the race progressed and gradually formed into several distinct groups. The second pack arrived at the finish 3'44" behind the leaders, then the third 6'02" with various riders coming in either alone, in pairs or in groups afterwards

Rabobank's Marianne Vos now leads
the General Classification
First over the line Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-Lululemon), beating Kirsten Wild (AA and Marianne Vos (Rabobank) in a fast and furious sprint - Teutenberg's first win of the year and the latest in what has been a fantastic first season for an already great team. Vos - who only recovered from 'flu a day or two before this race began, remember - now moves into overall leadership.

Top Ten
  1.  Ina Yoko Teutenberg Specialized-Lululemon 02:35:50
  2.  Kirsten Wild AA ST
  3.  Marianne Vos Rabobank ST
  4.  Adrie Visser Skil-Argos ST
  5.  Elizabeth Armitstead AA ST
  6.  Laura Van Der Kamp Dolmans-Boels ST
  7.  Ellen Van Dijk Team Specialized- ululemon ST
  8.  Romy Kasper RusVelo ST
  9.  Annemiek Van Vleuten Rabobank ST
  10.  Trixi Worrack Specialized-Lululemon ST

(Full results when available)

Stage 2

Vos takes the GC leadership

Follow the official race Twitter @ewachttour for details during each stage and information on the race. Local TV RTL7 is broadcasting a short highlights show daily, today's being at 16:45 BST (+1 hour for local time/CEST). It's also available online here (Silverlight required).

Other interesting stuff: Rabobank race report / Margriet Kloppenburg's report

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