Arndt pulls closer to Giro Donne lead

Pooley dropped as Hausler takes over maglia rosa

Columbia-HTC's Judith Arndt put in a brilliant performance on the sixth stage of the Giro Donne, expertly maneuvering herself into second place overall just 12 seconds behind the new race leader, Claudia Hausler.

Arndt and teammate Mara Abbott went clear with three other riders on the second climb of the 119.3km stage, but left the morning's leader Emma Pooley (Cervelo TestTeam) behind on the descent.

With 40 kilometres still left to go to the finish, and Pooley's teammate Hausler poised to don the maglia rosa from the breakaway, the remaining four put more than five minutes into the peloton.

Arndt took the uphill sprint ahead of Hausler of Germany, with Bigla's Nicole Brandli taking third ahead of Abbott.

The Columbia-HTC women now occupy second and third overall, with Arndt 12 seconds and Abbott 38 seconds behind Hausler's lead with three stages to go.

"It's a close situation overall and anything could happen over the next three days," pointed out Columbia-HTC team director Ronny Lauke. "Two of the upcoming stages are really tough, whilst the third is flatter and shouldn't change much overall. But when the gaps are as small as this you never know."

"Today was a really big step forward for the team," Abbott commented. "The stage win was important because there are time bonuses, but the main objective was to open up a big gap overall and that's what we achieved."

"I finished fourth in the final sprint of four, but I wasn't worried. We'd agreed I'd work harder during the break so Judith could save her energy for the final sprint, and when the three came past me with about 500 metres to go I was happy to see them go!"

"We'd covered the attacks in the first part of the stage, then after the group of five formed Ronny told us to go for it on the descent because Pooley wasn't there. Afterwards it was very hard going, but it was exciting watching the lead gradually go up little by little, from 20 seconds to 25 to four minutes."

With two riders so close to the leader, Abbott says that Columbia-HTC "have two cards to play in the last few stages and that's an advantage."

"My form's getting stronger day by day, so that's good, too. It's certainly a great race!"

1Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women3:26:20 
2Claudia Hausler (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam  
3Nicole Brandli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:00:03 
4Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women0:00:14 
5Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:05:18 
6Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:05:22 
7Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo TestTeam0:05:29 
8Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam0:05:44 
9Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino0:07:55 
10Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:07:57 
11Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women  
12Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:08:06 
13Flavia Oliveira (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
14Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint0:08:11 
15Linda Melanie Villumsen (Den) Team Columbia HTC Women0:08:12 
16Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
17Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo TestTeam  
18Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam0:14:37 
19Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi0:14:39 
20Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi0:14:42 
21Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'0:14:53 
22Shelley Olds (USA) US National Team0:16:28 
23Olena Oliynik (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:16:30 
24Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Bigla Cycling Team  
25Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia0:16:33 
26Amber Halliday (Aus) Australia  
27Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
28Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
29Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo TestTeam0:16:36 
30Katheryn Curi Mattis (USA) US National Team0:16:37 
31Monia Baccaille (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
32Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:16:44 
33Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
34Alice Donadoni (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:16:56 
35Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:16:57 
36Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo TestTeam  
37Shara Gillon (Aus) Australia  
38Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:17:06 
39Ana Belen Garcia Antequera (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System0:17:09 
40Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team0:17:11 
41Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women  
42Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
43Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:29:50 
44Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) Fenixs Edilsavino0:36:17 
45Tetyana Mykhaylova (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
46Gloria Presti (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:36:22 
47Viktoria Vologdina (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:36:25 
48Lauren Tamayo (USA) US National Team  
49Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
50Megan Guarnier (USA) US National Team  
51Alena Dylko (Blr) Team System Data0:36:27 
52Uenia Fernades Da Souza (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
53Catherine Hare Willianson (GBr) Fenixs Edilsavino  
54Aleaksandra Lohvinova (Blr) Team System Data  
55Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
56Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team  
57Vera Koedooder (Ned) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
58Chiara Vanni (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'  
59Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs Edilsavino  
60Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
61Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
62Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino  
63Alessandra D' Ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
64Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
65Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
66Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
67Samantha Galassi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
68Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
69Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
70Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
71Eneritz Iturriagaetxebarria Mazaga (Spa) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
72Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
73Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia  
74Cristina Alcalde Huertanos (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System  
75Meredith Miller (USA) US National Team  
76Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
77Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team  
78Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
79Katharine Carroll (USA) US National Team  
80Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi  
81Mireia Epelde Bikendi (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System0:36:37 
82Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
83Sarah Duster (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam0:36:38 
84Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'  
85Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
86Laura Bozzolo (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
87Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint  
88Alessia Quarta (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'  
89Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:36:42 
90Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam0:36:51 
91Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women  
92Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
93Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia HTC Women  
94Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam0:38:12 
95Katherine Bates (Aus) Team Columbia HTC Women  
96Emma Mackie (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
97Linn Torp (Nor) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam  
98Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'  
99Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia  
100Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
101Dorleta Zorrilla Braceras (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System  
102Simona Frapporti (Ita) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo  
103Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
104Brooke Miller (USA) US National Team  
105Sara Grifi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
106Laura Pisaneschi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
107Marlen Johrend (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
108Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia  
109Lisa Racchetto (USA) Team System Data  
110Odette Bertolin (Ita) Team System Data  
111Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System  
112Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago  
113Marina Vinnikava (Blr) Team System Data  
114Silvia Tirado Marquez (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'  
115Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team  
116Diana Zamorano (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System  
117Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
118Siobhan Dervan (Irl) Fenixs Edilsavino  
119Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino  
120Liz Hatch (USA) Team System Data  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line1989 
DNFChloe Hoskings (Aus) Australia1990 
DNFGiulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox1988 
General classification after stage
1Claudia Hausler (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam15:50:43 
2Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women0:00:12 
3Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women0:00:38 
4Nicole Brandli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:02:33 
5Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam0:04:39 
6Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo TestTeam0:07:50 
7Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:08:49 
8Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino0:08:56 
9Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:09:19 
10Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:12:15 
11Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:13:55 
12Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint0:14:21 
13Linda Melanie Villumsen (Den) Team Columbia HTC Women0:15:38 
14Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo TestTeam0:15:59 
15Flavia Oliveira (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:18:23 
16Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi0:22:31 
17Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam0:23:12 
18Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi0:23:55 
19Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team0:23:59 
20Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women0:24:03 
21Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:25:54 
22Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'  
23Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia0:26:35 
24Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:26:44 
25Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women0:27:45 
26Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:29:00 
27Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:29:01 
28Olena Oliynik (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:30:11 
29Monia Baccaille (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:30:58 
30Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:31:19 
31Shara Gillon (Aus) Australia0:31:38 
32Amber Halliday (Aus) Australia0:33:47 
33Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:35:19 
34Ana Belen Garcia Antequera (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System0:40:25 
35Katheryn Curi Mattis (USA) US National Team0:40:33 
36Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:40:36 
37Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Bigla Cycling Team0:45:22 
38Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo TestTeam0:48:04 
39Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:48:19 
40Shelley Olds (USA) US National Team0:48:53 
41Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi0:49:46 
42Alice Donadoni (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:50:15 
43Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo TestTeam0:51:02 
44Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:51:52 
45Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs Edilsavino0:51:53 
46Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia0:52:32 
47Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:54:03 
48Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:54:06 
49Alessandra D' Ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:54:40 
50Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) Fenixs Edilsavino0:56:07 
51Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:56:08 
52Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:56:17 
53Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:58:13 
54Uenia Fernades Da Souza (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:58:38 
55Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:58:44 
56Samantha Galassi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:58:50 
57Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino0:59:19 
58Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:59:52 
59Vera Koedooder (Ned) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam1:01:38 
60Laura Bozzolo (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi1:01:53 
61Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi1:02:44 
62Emma Mackie (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam1:03:16 
63Cristina Alcalde Huertanos (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System1:04:17 
64Katharine Carroll (USA) US National Team1:05:02 
65Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team1:05:36 
66Meredith Miller (USA) US National Team1:06:06 
67Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women  
68Lauren Tamayo (USA) US National Team1:06:14 
69Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint1:06:38 
70Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi1:06:50 
71Eneritz Iturriagaetxebarria Mazaga (Spa) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi1:06:59 
72Catherine Hare Willianson (GBr) Fenixs Edilsavino1:07:28 
73Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'1:07:31 
74Gloria Presti (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi1:08:02 
75Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam1:08:04 
76Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago1:08:07 
77Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi1:08:32 
78Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo1:08:37 
79Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago1:09:03 
80Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam1:09:06 
81Megan Guarnier (USA) US National Team1:09:30 
82Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team1:10:08 
83Marlen Johrend (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung1:10:48 
84Siobhan Dervan (Irl) Fenixs Edilsavino1:11:41 
85Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia1:12:58 
86Sarah Duster (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam1:13:02 
87Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi1:13:34 
88Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line1:14:03 
89Aleaksandra Lohvinova (Blr) Team System Data1:14:48 
90Lisa Racchetto (USA) Team System Data1:15:08 
91Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago1:17:08 
92Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia HTC Women1:18:16 
93Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System1:23:17 
94Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung1:25:45 
95Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia1:28:48 
96Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago1:30:22 
97Laura Pisaneschi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line1:31:08 
98Tetyana Mykhaylova (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo1:31:47 
99Simona Frapporti (Ita) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo1:32:16 
100Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'1:33:09 
101Brooke Miller (USA) US National Team1:34:27 
102Chiara Vanni (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'1:35:15 
103Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia1:35:34 
104Dorleta Zorrilla Braceras (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System1:35:54 
105Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team1:36:14 
106Mireia Epelde Bikendi (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System1:36:37 
107Viktoria Vologdina (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo1:36:45 
108Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint1:37:13 
109Odette Bertolin (Ita) Team System Data1:41:47 
110Alena Dylko (Blr) Team System Data1:43:41 
111Liz Hatch (USA) Team System Data1:44:09 
112Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team1:44:11 
113Linn Torp (Nor) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam1:51:05 
114Silvia Tirado Marquez (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'1:55:40 
115Katherine Bates (Aus) Team Columbia HTC Women1:57:45 
116Marina Vinnikava (Blr) Team System Data1:58:42 
117Alessia Quarta (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'1:59:58 
118Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino2:00:44 
119Sara Grifi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox2:01:44 
120Diana Zamorano (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System2:01:53 


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