La Route de France (2.1)


The 2010 Route de France (UCI 2.1) kicked off on Saturday with a 5.9km individual time trial from Lanvallon to Plouha.  The course for this prologue was hilly and Cervélo Test Team’s Sarah Düster (GER) proved the best, posting a time of 7:58 and beating pre race favourite, HTC’s Judith Arndt (GER) into fourth place. Annemiek van Vleuten (NED - Nederland Bloeit) came second and Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS-Safi-Pasta Zara) was third.


sarah duster cervelo wins prologue of route de france

Photograph courtesy of Cervélo


 “I am really proud of my result, actually I can’t believe it,” said Sarah Düster after her victory. “I was sitting so long in the chair at the finish line, and all the big riders came in but nobody passed me. Today I went full gas from the start because I had really good legs and was able to keep it up all the way to the finish. The team, once again performed very well. Our goal is to keep the jersey as long as possible and we will work for it day by day.”


It was Düster’s second victory of the season and she will start stage 2 in the leader’s orange jersey tomorrow. Teammate Elizabeth Armitstead (GBR) finished in ninth position and now wears the white jersey of the best young rider.



1 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:07:58  
2 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
3 Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Safi - Pasta Zara 0:00:07  
4 Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Columbia Women 0:00:09  
5 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:11  
6 Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Columbia Women 0:00:12  
7 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Team Valdarno 0:00:15  
8 Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets 0:00:17  
9 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
10 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
11 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
12 Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope    
13 Joelle Numainville (Can) 0:00:18  
14 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets 0:00:21  
15 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Columbia Women 0:00:22  
16 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Columbia Women 0:00:23  
17 Alexis Rhodes (Aus)    
18 Kirsty Broun (Aus) 0:00:25  
19 Anne Samplonius (Can) 0:00:26  
20 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets  



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