Well the ‘queen’ stage was run last night and it sounds like it lived up to expectations. The 100 kilometer race included two ascents of the Dörtendorfer Berg, a 1.5 kilometre climb with a maximum gradient of 14% and the GC contenders came out to play.
According to the report from Pigeons of Podium Cafe, a break of 18 escaped after the first ascent of the Berg. It included all the top ten on GC. Vicki was out on another raid and in some pretty esteemed company.
The group split and when it reformed two had flown the coop – Emma Pooley (Garmin-Cervelo) and Judith Arndt (HTC Highroad). Emma won the stage, 1:05 ahead of Arndt with another 13 seconds back to the remainder of the original break. Neither Pooley nor Arndt were in the decisive break of Stage 2 so the GC standings are little changed.
Sounds like it was a tough day at the office for Vicki. I’m guessing she didn’t have any energy left to type.
Hi. Survived another day – just.
She finished 12th on the stage and maintained her 6th place on GC.
Tonight could well see a shake up of the overall standings as the contenders face a 19 kilometre individual time trial over rolling terrain. Apparently the organisers of some small race in France saw this and thought is was a good idea so decided to hold a time trial on the same day. I’m sure the women will get the lion’s share of the media attention though.