Friday 6 April 2012

Energiewacht Tour Stage 3 report and results

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
(now with Lululemon)
(image credit: Gsl 2.0 CC BY-SA 3.0)
Another day full of attacks, breaks and serious high speed with the pack splitting apart then coming back together time and time again as they completed six laps around the Oldambtmeer lake in the north-western corner of the Netherlands.

Irina Molicheva was star of the show and earned the respect of her RusVelo team sponsors after making an impressive attempt at a solo break and briefly gaining an advantage of 15" before a group of seven chasers went after her and brought her back tot he bunch. Around 30 riders led by Chantal Blaak (AA, Kirsten Wild (AA, Adrie Visser (Skil-Argos) and Loes Gunnewijk (GreenEDGE) got away with 25km to go, then the result seemed narrowed down to a choice of four when  Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE), Visser, Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabobank) and Emilia Fahlin (Specialized-Lululemon) split off when the end came within 8km.

However, they too were caught rapidly as the peloton began the last approach to the finish line and Marianne Vos (Rabobank), Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-Lululemon) and Kirsten Wild began a three-woman duel. Many will have been expecting Vos to win, but it was Teutenberg who had the explosive power needed to take the sprint as she nudged Vos into second and take her second consecutive victory.

Vos continues to lead the General Classification, increasing her advantage to 32". (More to come...)

  1.  Ina Yoko Teutenberg Specialized-Lululemon 02h41'09"
  2.  Marianne Vos Rabobank ST
  3.  Kirsten Wild AA ST
  4.  Laura Van Der Kamp Dolmans-Boels ST
  5.  Evelyn Arys Kleo ST
  6.  Romy Kasper RusVelo ST
  7.  Leah Kirchmann ST
  8.  Adrie Visser Skil-Argos ST
  9.  Rochelle Gilmore Faren-Honda Team ST
  10.  Anna Van Der Breggen Sengers ST (Full results)

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).

Interesting Stuff: Official organiser's report / @ewachttour's photos / Sportfoto / photos by Roel Werkman

Stage 1 / 2 / 3 / 4a-4b / 5 / Guide / Video Vault

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