International Thuringen Rundfahrt Der Frauen


Iris Slappendel (NED) claimed a solo victory today in the sixth and last stage of the 23rd International Thüringen Rundfahrt over 134.5 km around Zeulenroda in a racing time of 3:50.26h. The Dutch Cervélo TestTeam rider clearly won with an advantage of 1.34 ahead of Trixi Worrack (Noris Cycling) from Germany and Andrea Bosman (NED – Netherlands National Team). Olga Zabelinskaja (RUS - Safi-Pasta Zara) saved her overall victory with her 18th spot in the peloton while Iris Slappendel moved into the overall ranking with her solo win ranked 8th, 7.48 behind Zabelinskaja.


Iris Slappendel wins final stage of International Thuringen Rundfahrt Der Frauen

“I am just so happy,” said Iris Slappendel, the smiling winner.” It was my nicest victory ever. It is a fantastic day. When I made the final attack out of the break away, which was not working well anymore, I just took my chance and pushed. I made the gap very quickly and 10 km ahead of the finish I had 50 seconds. I kept on going full speed towards the finish. I really enjoyed the last 2 km as I was sure that I would win the race.”

“It was an amazing win today. It was one of the nicest victories I have seen this season, it was just very impressive,” said Egon van Kessel, Sports Director, Cervélo TestTeam. “The race today fit very well with our tactic. We wanted to have a break away and it worked. A break away with about 8 riders, including Iris, built up about 60 km from the finish. When the second group came closer, Iris attacked and pushed all the way to the finish. The attack came with about 20 km to go and Iris was really strong and confident and never looked back. Chapeau Iris – it was a great victory.”



1 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Cervélo Test Team 3:50:26  
2 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling 0:01:34  
3 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands    
4 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany 0:01:36  
5 Petra Dijkman (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team    
6 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany    
7 Luise Keller (Ger) HTC-Columbia Women 0:01:43  
8 Marta Bastianelli (Rus) Fenixs-Petrogradets 0:02:26  
9 Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC-Columbia Women    
10 Vena Koedoodor (Ned) Netherlands  



1 Olga Zabelinskaja (Rus) Safi-Pasta Zara 16:54:22  
2 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ ORMU 0:02:56  
3 Noemi Cantele (Ita) HTC-Columbia Women 0:03:02  
4 Irene van den Broek (Ned) Netherlands 0:03:38  
5 Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Gauss RDZ ORMU 0:03:53  
6 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling 0:06:48  
7 Marta Bastianelli (Rus) Fenixs-Petrogradets 0:07:19  
8 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Cervélo Test Team 0:07:48  
9 Petra Dijkman (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team 0:08:49  
10 Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC-Columbia Women 0:09:08  
11 Luise Keller (Ger) HTC-Columbia Women 0:09:31  
12 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ ORMU 0:10:01  
13 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany 0:11:38  
14 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands 0:11:42  
15 Birgit Söllner (Ger) JENATEC-Spanner Brennstoffe 0:12:55  
16 Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervélo Test Team 0:13:13  
17 Vena Koedoodor (Ned) Netherlands 0:13:37  
18 Svitlana Galyuk (Ukr) Ukraine 0:14:29  
19 Lesya Kalitovska (Ukr) Ukraine 0:14:39  
20 Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs-Petrogradets 0:15:34  



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