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HTC-Highroad’s Ina-Yoko Teutenberg continues to rack up the wins in the 2011 season, with victory number five of the year coming on Sunday in a bunch sprint of the Ronde Van Gelderland in Holland.
“We had (teammate) Amber (Neben) in the big break of the day so that eased a lot of the pressure on us before the final part of the race,” Teutenberg said in a team report.
Rival sprinter Giorgia Bronzini’s teammates did a lot of work to bring back the break, “and then a lot of attacks went in the last 40 kilometers,” she added.
“But it was flat and fast and none of them could stick really. It wasn’t that windy so it was pretty clear it was coming down to a bunch sprint.”
Teutenberg said that the final kilometer was very technical but that favored her chances in the sprint.
“Head- and body-wise I was feeling a lot better than I was in yesterday’s race (the Ronde Van Drenthe), but there were a lot of good riders here, so you never know what’s going to happen.”
“It was a typical Dutch finish, a lot of corners in the last five kilometers and four in the last kilometer, but that was actually all right because it strung the bunch out. Then I was able to get past (Kirsten) Wild in the last 60 meters.”
- 1. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, HTC-Columbia, 3:24:30
- 2. Kirsten Wild, Leontien.Nl ,s.t.
- 3. Rochelle Gilmore, s.t.
- 4. Giorgia Bronzini, s.t.
- 5. Marta Bastianelli, s.t.