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Columbia-Highroad sweeps the podium at RaboSter

By:
Laura Weislo
Published:
June 20, 2009, 21:10 BST,
Updated:
June 20, 2009, 23:13 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, June 21, 2009
Race:
RaboSter Zeeuwsche Eilanden
Ina Teutenberg (Columbia-Highroad)

Ina Teutenberg (Columbia-Highroad)

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Women take top three overall, teams, points and sprints classifications

The Columbia-Highroad team continued its winning streak in the Netherlands on Saturday, where three of its women swept the podium in the overall classification. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won the three-day event for the second consecutive year, taking her eighteenth victory of the season. Second was Chantal Beltman, just three seconds behind, with prologue winner Linda Villumsen third at 11 seconds.

Columbia-Highroad also finished first in the teams classification, and Teutenberg was top rider both in the intermediate sprints and the points competitions.

"It was a typically tough Dutch race, one where you have to be on the front all the time and watching out all the time," Teutenberg said. "In the last stage it was all good. Chantal got in a break which was great, because she would have won the overall, so we didn't need to chase. To be honest I would have preferred not to have won the intermediate sprints competition, because going for those sprints meant a lot of work during the stage, but I needed to go for them.

"It was tough going, very windy and some very late finishes as well, but I came through ok and managed to get the victory."

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