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Back 7.9.2009

Hausler in Pink

The 6th stage of the Giro Donne from Cerro al Volturno to Sant'Elena Sannita was a relatively short 119.3 km. While Cervélo TestTeam didn't win the stage today - that honour went to Judith Arndt (Columbia) - Claudia Häusler placed second and with that result has taken over the overall GC from her teammate Emma Pooley. Third place today went to Nicole Brändli (Bigla Cycling Team).

“We started 17km into the stage with a climb," said Manel Lacambra, Sports Director. "During the climb we increased our speed enough to drop as many riders as possible and to make the race difficult. We arrived at the top with a group of 20 riders, and in the downhill some riders came back and then there were with 41 riders together. Columbia tried to attack but our riders controlled the race in an impressive way. On the second mountain we tried to attack with Carla Ryan but Colombia chased Carla down. In the final climb, our team was at the maximum speed and we made it to a group of five riders, with Emma Pooley and Claudia Häusler (Cervélo TestTeam), Mara Abbot and Judith Arndt (Columbia) and Nicole Brändli (Bigla Cycling Team). In the downhill the Columbia duo and Brändli give full gas and dropped Pooley. Emma came back in the group behind them with Carla Ryan, Fabiana Luperina (Menikini) and Trixi Worrack (Nürunberger). In the front, Claudia tried to attack but Abbot and Arndt chased her back and Arndt won in the sprint. Claudia was pretty close and took second. Emma was in the group behind and lost almost 5 minutes. Claudia is the new leader and we will do everything possible to keep the jersey with our team.”