(image credit: Velocio Sports)
Many fans expected Specialized-Lululemon to get Ina-Yoko Teutenberg up to the front in order to hammer home her General Classification victory today and for Rabobank to come together in a serious attempt to propel Marianne Vos back up to the top, but this stage turned out to be all about the lesser-known riders - a number of whom finished within the top ten after a series of effective breaks throughout the race. Meanwhile, Lululemon kept out of the limelight and concentrated on getting Teutenberg to where she needed to be; their clever riding leaving no doubt whatsoever that the GC was hers.
Nicole Cooke (Faren-Honda) scored a superb stage win five years to the day since she won the Ronde van Vlaanderen voor Vrouwen, powering to the line and gaining a 2" lead over a pursuing group made up of Eveyn Arys (2nd, Kleo), Sarah Düster (Rabobank), Megan Guarnier (TIBCO) and Marieke Van Wanroij (AA-Drink-Leontien.nl) - a much-needed boost for the Welsh rider after a few difficult years in the wake of an illness that badly knocked her performance.
1. Nicole Cooke Faren-Honda 03:27:05
2. Evelyn Arys Kleo +2"
3. Sarah Düster Rabobank ST
4. Megan Guarnier Team TIBCO ST
5. Marieke Van Wanroij AA Drink-Leontien.nl ST
6. Josien Van Wingerden Specialized Dpd SRAM +4" -
7. Jennifer Wheeler Team TIBCO ST
8. Chloe Mcconville +16"
9. Amy Pieters Skil-Argos +2'19"
10. Judith Jelsma WV De Noord-Westhoek ST
(Full stage result)
Final General Classification
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