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Giro Donne 2009

Date range:
July 3-12, 2009
  • Giro Donne, Italy, 2.1 WE
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Prologue

    • Stage 1

      Start location:
      San Piero a Sieve
      End location:
      Pratolino di Vaglia
    • Stage 2

      Start location:
      End location:
      Santa Maria a Monte
    • Stage 3

      Start location:
      End location:
      Prato a Calci/Monte Serra
    • Stage 4

      Start location:
      Porto San Elpidio
      End location:
      Porto San Elpidio
    • Stage 5

      Start location:
      End location:
      Cerro al Volturno
    • Stage 6

      Start location:
      Cerro al Volturno
      End location:
      Sant'Elena Sannita
    • Stage 7

      Start location:
      End location:
      Castel Del Monte
    • Stage 8

      Start location:
      San Marco Dei Cavoti
      End location:
      Pesco Sannita
    • Stage 9

      Start location:
      Grumo Nevano
      End location:
      Grumo Nevano

July 06, Stage 3: Calcinaia - Prato a Calci/Monte Serra 106.4km

Abbott takes the stage atop Monte Serra

Daniel Simms
July 06, 2009, 18:29 BST,
July 07, 2009, 3:37 BST

Pooley claims overall lead

Mara Abbott (Team Columbia) wins the stage ahead of Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team).

Mara Abbott (Team Columbia) wins the stage ahead of Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team).

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A tough mountain stage in the Giro d"Italia Femminile has seen Mara Abbott claim victory for Columbia-HTC. Abbott outsprinted British rider Emma Pooley at the end of the 106-kilometre stage three of the Giro d'Italia Femminile, which started in Calcinaia and finished with a double ascent of the gruelling Monte Serra climb.

The 23-year-old American was delighted about the victory. "It's really exciting. There are so many good riders on this team that even though I felt strong, it was difficult to imagine that I could actually be strong enough to go for the win," Abbott said afterwards.

Abbott initially broke away with Pooley on the first ascent of the 10-kilometre Monte Serra, but came off her bike on the downhill section of the climb. "The descent was very tricky because it had rained and I crashed, although fortunately I wasn't injured. Linda [Villumsen, Columbia-HTC teammate] guided me back up to the front group before we reached the Montesierra again.

"Almost as soon as we did, I got away again with Pooley. Then when [Pooley's teammate Claudia] Hausler got across, I attacked and managed to drop her, which left me and Pooley as stage leaders. Pooley did most of the work, but I couldn't collaborate because I wanted to defend [teammate] Judith Arndt's position on GC. Finally at the summit, I attacked about 800 metres from the top and went for the win."

Now second overall, Abbott was cautiously optimistic about Columbia-HTC's chances of winning, either with her or another rider. "There are some very tough stages coming up, but Judith [Arndt] is still high up on the overall so we've got a lot of options, not just me. But in any case, I'm very pleased about things have worked out today. It was cool!"

1 Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women 2:55:32  
2 Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam    
3 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam 0:00:36  
4 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women 0:01:24  
5 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino    
6 Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo TestTeam 0:01:32  
7 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago 0:02:00  
8 Amber Neben (USA) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0:02:05  
9 Nicole Brandli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team 0:02:47  
10 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
11 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 0:03:40  
12 Linda Melanie Villumsen (Den) Team Columbia HTC Women 0:04:43  
13 Ana Belen Garcia Antequera (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System 0:05:33  
14 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint 0:05:38  
15 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago 0:05:44  
16 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 0:05:56  
17 Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi    
18 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia 0:06:06  
19 Flavia Oliveira (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 0:06:45  
20 Olena Oliynik (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo 0:07:01  
21 Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women    
22 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi 0:07:37  
23 Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'    
24 Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 0:07:44  
25 Shara Gillon (Aus) Australia 0:07:58  
26 Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Selle Italia Ghezzi 0:08:12  
27 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo TestTeam    
28 Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
29 Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Cmax Dila' 0:08:53  
30 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint    
31 Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi    
32 Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 0:08:56  
33 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team 0:09:05  
34 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia 0:10:26  
35 Edita Unguryte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo    
36 Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo    
37 Monia Baccaille (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox    
38 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi 0:11:07  
39 Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women 0:11:09  
40 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint 0:11:11  
41 Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs Edilsavino 0:11:54  
42 Amber Halliday (Aus) Australia 0:12:50  
43 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) Fenixs Edilsavino    
44 Ariadna Tudel Cuberes (And) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System 0:12:54  
45 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Team Flexpoint 0:12:58  
46 Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo TestTeam 0:13:40  
47 Alessandra D' Ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 0:13:56  
48 Samantha Galassi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 0:14:18  
49 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0:15:00  
50 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung    
51 Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino 0:15:31  
52 Uenia Fernades Da Souza (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo    
53 Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
54 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0:16:57  
55 Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team 0:18:30  
56 Siobhan Dervan (Irl) Fenixs Edilsavino    
57 Catherine Hare Willianson (GBr) Fenixs Edilsavino    
58 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam    
59 Cristina Alcalde Huertanos (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System    
60 Katheryn Curi Mattis (USA) US National Team    
61 Emma Mackie (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam    
62 Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
63 Laura Bozzolo (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
64 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
65 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago    
66 Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 0:18:50  
67 Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo 0:19:22  
68 Viktoria Vologdina (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo 0:19:32  
69 Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 0:20:09  
70 Liz Hatch (USA) Team System Data 0:20:24  
71 Tetyana Mykhaylova (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo 0:21:07  
72 Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'    
73 Lisa Racchetto (USA) Team System Data    
74 Chiara Vanni (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'    
75 Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team    
76 Aleaksandra Lohvinova (Blr) Team System Data    
77 Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia    
78 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia    
79 Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint 0:24:42  
80 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo TestTeam    
81 Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint    
82 Simona Frapporti (Ita) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo    
83 Megan Guarnier (USA) US National Team    
84 Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women    
85 Meredith Miller (USA) US National Team    
86 Dorleta Zorrilla Braceras (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System    
87 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam    
88 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi    
89 Lauren Tamayo (USA) US National Team    
90 Linn Torp (Nor) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam    
91 Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team    
92 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Bigla Cycling Team    
93 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi    
94 Eneritz Iturriagaetxebarria Mazaga (Spa) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi    
95 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi    
96 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung    
97 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi    
98 Alessia Quarta (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'    
99 Carly Hibberd (Aus) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox    
100 Sarah Duster (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam    
101 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam    
102 Laura Pisaneschi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
103 Marlen Johrend (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung    
104 Alice Donadoni (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago    
105 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago    
106 Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team    
107 Chiara Rozzini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
108 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
109 Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago    
110 Gloria Presti (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
111 Odette Bertolin (Ita) Team System Data    
112 Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia    
113 Sara Grifi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox    
114 Chloe Hoskings (Aus) Australia    
115 Katharine Carroll (USA) US National Team    
116 Silvia Tirado Marquez (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'    
117 Brooke Miller (USA) US National Team    
118 Shelley Olds (USA) US National Team    
119 Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino    
120 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia HTC Women    
121 Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team 0:25:07  
122 Alena Dylko (Blr) Team System Data 0:25:23  
123 Diana Zamorano (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System    
124 Marina Vinnikava (Blr) Team System Data    
125 Zaira De Luca (Ita) Team System Data    
126 Silvia Trovellesi (Ita) Team System Data    
127 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System    
128 Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago    
129 Katherine Bates (Aus) Team Columbia HTC Women 0:26:16  
130 Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago 0:24:42  
131 Mireia Epelde Bikendi (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System    
General classification after stage 3
1 Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 6:06:15  
2 Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia Highroad 0:01:07  
3 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:01:18  
4 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger 0:01:40  
5 Amber Neben (Usa) Team Columbia Highroad 0:01:34  
6 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino 0:01:45  
7 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago 0:02:22  
8 Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 0:03:04  
9 Nicole Brändli (Sui) Team Bigla 0:03:34  
10 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi 0:04:12