Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) took her fourth straight stage win in the Giro Donne on Monday, taking a bunch sprint ahead of Kirsten Wild (Cérvelo TestTeam) and Shelley Evans (U.S. National Team).
“It’s a very special moment. I don’t think in 30 years of racing as an amateur and professional that I’ve ever managed to take four wins in a row before,” Teutenberg said after the finish. “We didn’t think we were going to win the stage, we knew that a lot of the other teams were going to try for breaks, but they never seemed to work out.”
“I remembered the finish from two years ago, and everybody went from 300 meters to go. But I came off the right wheel and was able to raise my hands before I went across the finish line. I knew I had got the win, which was nice.”
The win further pads Teutenberg’s overall lead before a tough stage tomorrow.
“It’s a very difficult last three kilometers, and it’ll be an uphill finish, so I’ll have fight hard to hold onto the lead,” she said. “If it doesn’t work out, I’ve just switch my brain into worker mode and make sure one of my teammates ends the race on Sunday as leader.”
Evans’ third place marks the best result so far for the U.S. team.
“Our goal for today was to protect our leaders and save energy for the difficult stage tomorrow,” team director Manel Lacambra said after the stage. “In the last kilometer we led out Shelley again, but she was passed in the last 50 meters by Ina and Kirsten.”
Brief Stage Results:
- 1. Ina TEUTENBERG Team Columbia HTC Women in 2:19:24
- 2. Kirsten WILD Cervelo Test Team at 0
- 3. Shelley Evans U.S. National Team at 0
- 4. Giorgia BRONZINI Gauss Rdz Ormu-Colnago at 0
- 5. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN at 0
- 1. Ina TEUTENBERG Team Columbia HTC Women in 7:18:39
- 2. Kirsten WILD Cervelo Test Team at 40
- 3. Marianne VOS Netherlands National Team at 50
- 4. Judith ARNDT Team Columbia HTC Women at 57
- 5. Linda Melanie VILLUMSEN Team Columbia HTC Women at 58