Sunday, July 5, 2009

GiroDonne, Stage 2





World Champion time trialist Amber Neben (Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung) won the 15 Km individual trime trial to S. Maria a Monte today. It was her first Giro stage victory, and she also took the lead in the GC. In second place was Olympic Gold medalist Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo Test Team) who trailed Neben by 14 seconds. Third on the podium was Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team), 30 seconds down from Neben. The highest placed Italian was the Italian national champion Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team), 46 seconds after Neben.


Neben rode the 15 Km course from Pontedera to S. Maria a Monte in 20'39"26"', at an average speed of 43.574 Km/h. She said, "It was a hard ITT. Glad I drove it before. My FUJI D6 and Shimano Di2 were fantastic."


Emma Mackie's Lotto-Belisol teammate, Elizabeth Armitstead, finished 22nd and took over the white, young rider's, jersey.


Stage 2 top 10 results:

1 Amber Neben (USA) Equipe N├╝rnberger Versicherung 20:39
2 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo TestTeam 0:00:14
3 Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam 0:00:30
4 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino 0:00:39
5 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women 0:00:45
6 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team 0:00:51
8 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago 0:00:56
9 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago 0:00:58
10 Linda Melanie Villumsen (Den) Team Columbia HTC Women 0:01:07


Top 10 GC:

1 Amber Neben (USA) Equipe N├╝rnberger Versicherung 3:10:18
2 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo TestTeam 0:00:22
3 Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam 0:00:31
4 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women 0:00:35
5 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team 0:00:44
6 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino 0:00:46
7 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago 0:00:47
8 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam 0:01:11
9 Nicole Brandli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team 0:01:12
10 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi 0:01:15



Jersey classification:
Pink: Amber Neben (Equipe Nurberger)
Cyclamen: Amber Neben
Green: Amber Neben
White: Elizabeth Armitstead (Lotto Betisol Ladies Team)



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