Van Vleuten sprints to stage 3 win in Schleiz

Johansson keeps narrow lead in overall

Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabo-LivGiant) won the Queen stage of the Thüringen Rundfahrt in Schleiz, followed closely across the line by race leader Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) and Valentina Scandolara (Mcipollini Giordana Galassia).

"I really wanted this stage win, which was the priority today," van Vleuten said, adding that second place overall will not satisfy. She is now 11 seconds behind Johannson on the general classification. "Now, with my good overall position, yellow is of course something to look at. However, even now, with this very tight top of the standings, I don't think the Tour is going to be decided on bonifications alone. After tomorrow's time trial, we'll know a lot more."

Only 24 riders survived in the leading group, which brought back stage-long solo escapee Andrea Graus (Bigla) inside the final 20km.

In soaring temperatures, it took a while for a breakaway to become established, as the peloton reacted to every attack. Finally, on the first climb, made her successful move. While her solo escape was doomed to failure, and ended on the finishing circuit with 12km to go, the points gained on the climbs of the day moved her to second in the mountains classification behind Christine Majerus (Sengers).

While Graus built up a seven-minute lead on her own, the peloton was given more of a disadvantage when the convoy led the peloton off-course. However, she had her own mishap when she had to stop for a level crossing while later, the peloton went through unhindered. "Justice served", Graus said. "I am extremely satisfied with this stage, even though I would have liked not the be alone in the front. I am happy that have been able to perform well for our non-pro team in this high-class pro field of riders."

Full Results
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant3:31:35 
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS  
3Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
4Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany  
5Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
6Amy Cure (Aus) Australia  
7Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
8Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
9Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
10Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
11Beate Zanner (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens  
12Carolin Schiff (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
13Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
14Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana  
15Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
16Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany  
17Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS  
18Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
19Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
20Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia  
21Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
22Daniela Gass (Ger) Germany  
23Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
24Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS  
25Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:07 
26Taryn Heather (Aus) Australia  
27Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team  
28Reta Trotman (NZl) Maxx Solar Stevens  
29Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia  
30Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
31Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
32Ursa Pintar (Slo) Slovenia  
33Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon  
34Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
35Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
36Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
37Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon  
38Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
39Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink  
40Esther Fennel (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:00:14 
41Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:00:15 
42Spela Kern (Slo) Slovenia  
43Taylor Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
44Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany0:00:21 
45Latoya Brulee (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:00:25 
46Ashlee Ankudinof (Aus) Australia0:02:44 
47Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Germany0:03:31 
48Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS0:04:03 
49Ronja Köckerling (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:07:22 
50Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
51Sari Saarelainen (Fin) MCipollini Giordana  
52Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia  
53Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
54Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
55Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
56Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
57Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
58Carla Ryan (Aus) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
59Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
60Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
61Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
62Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink  
63Stefanie Paul (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:08:27 
64Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda  
65Benita Wesselhoeft (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens0:10:50 
66Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
67Petra Zrimsek (Slo) BePink  
68Alenka Novak (Slo) Slovenia  
69Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS0:12:27 
70Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS  
71Theres Klein (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens  
72Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
73Christina Koep (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
74Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:14:27 
75Natalie Lamborelle (Lux) Bigla Cycling Team  
76Elena Eggl (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:16:52 
77Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
78Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:20:20 
79Silvia Valseccia (Ita) BePink  
DNFRebecca Talen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
DNFEvelyn Arys (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
DNFAlena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink  
DNFSara Frece (Slo) Slovenia  
Points
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant10pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS6 
3Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana4 
Sprint 1
1Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team3pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS2 
3Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant1 
Sprint 2
1Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team3pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS2 
3Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
Sprint 3
1Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team3pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS2 
3Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
Mountain 1
1Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team3pts
2Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany2 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS1 
Mountain 2
1Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team5pts
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team3 
3Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
Mountain 3
1Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team3pts
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team2 
3Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana1 
Most aggressive rider
1Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team  
Young riders
1Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana3:31:35 
2Amy Cure (Aus) Australia  
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
4Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
5Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
6Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
7Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia  
8Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:07 
9Reta Trotman (NZl) Maxx Solar Stevens  
10Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
11Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink  
12Spela Kern (Slo) Slovenia0:00:15 
13Taylor Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
14Ashlee Ankudinof (Aus) Australia0:02:44 
15Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Germany0:03:31 
16Ronja Köckerling (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:07:22 
17Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
18Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
19Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
20Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
21Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
22Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink  
23Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:10:50 
24Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS0:12:27 
25Theres Klein (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens  
26Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
27Christina Koep (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
28Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:14:27 
29Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:20:20 
Teams
1Rabobank-Liv/Giant10:34:45 
2MCipollini Giordana  
3Wiggle Honda  
4Germany  
5Orica-AIS  
6Specialized-lululemon0:00:07 
7Australia0:00:14 
8Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
9Slovenia0:00:22 
10Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:07:29 
11Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:07:36 
12Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:07:54 
13Maxx Solar Stevens0:10:57 
14Bigla Cycling Team0:14:51 
15BePink0:18:19 
General classification after stage 3
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS8:33:19 
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:00:11 
3Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:28 
4Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:00:36 
5Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
6Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
7Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:00:38 
8Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany0:00:40 
9Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS  
10Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany0:00:41 
11Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
12Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia  
13Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team0:00:42 
14Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana0:00:44 
15Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
16Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS  
17Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
18Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
19Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:00:47 
20Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:00:48 
21Taryn Heather (Aus) Australia  
22Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
23Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
24Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
25Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:51 
26Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia  
27Ursa Pintar (Slo) Slovenia  
28Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
29Reta Trotman (NZl) Maxx Solar Stevens0:00:55 
30Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink  
31Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:00:59 
32Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
33Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
34Esther Fennel (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:01:02 
35Spela Kern (Slo) Slovenia0:01:03 
36Latoya Brulee (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:01:06 
37Carolin Schiff (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:01:36 
38Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon  
39Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:54 
40Beate Zanner (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens0:01:55 
41Amy Cure (Aus) Australia0:02:01 
42Taylor Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:02:08 
43Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany0:02:26 
44Daniela Gass (Ger) Germany0:03:23 
45Ashlee Ankudinof (Aus) Australia0:03:32 
46Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS0:04:54 
47Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon0:05:23 
48Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK0:07:58 
49Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:08:06 
50Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
51Sari Saarelainen (Fin) MCipollini Giordana0:09:30 
52Carla Ryan (Aus) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
53Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink0:10:24 
54Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:10:39 
55Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:10:45 
56Ronja Köckerling (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:10:48 
57Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK0:13:39 
58Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:14:27 
59Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
60Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:15:32 
61Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:16:31 
62Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:17:17 
63Stefanie Paul (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:17:31 
64Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Germany0:18:00 
65Alenka Novak (Slo) Slovenia0:18:37 
66Petra Zrimsek (Slo) BePink0:19:59 
67Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia0:20:05 
68Christina Koep (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:20:16 
69Silvia Valseccia (Ita) BePink0:21:12 
70Natalie Lamborelle (Lux) Bigla Cycling Team0:23:36 
71Benita Wesselhoeft (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens0:25:11 
72Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:25:13 
73Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS0:28:45 
74Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:31:21 
75Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS0:32:36 
76Theres Klein (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens0:32:43 
77Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:34:41 
78Elena Eggl (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:37:00 
79Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:42:23 
Points classification
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS34pts
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant23 
3Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon10 
4Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team9 
5Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 
6Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana6 
7Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana5 
8Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia3 
9Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda2 
10Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
11Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany1 
12Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS1 
13Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
Mountains classification
1Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team20pts
2Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team8 
3Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany7 
4Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda4 
5Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3 
6Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda3 
7Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana3 
8Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia2 
9Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS1 
10Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team1 
Most aggressive rider classification
1Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda1 
2Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team1 
3Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda1 
Young riders classification
1Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team8:33:55 
2Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda0:00:05 
3Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia  
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:00:08 
5Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
6Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:00:11 
7Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:00:12 
8Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:15 
9Reta Trotman (NZl) Maxx Solar Stevens0:00:19 
10Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink  
11Spela Kern (Slo) Slovenia0:00:27 
12Amy Cure (Aus) Australia0:01:25 
13Taylor Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:01:32 
14Ashlee Ankudinof (Aus) Australia0:02:56 
15Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:07:30 
16Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink0:09:48 
17Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:10:03 
18Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:10:09 
19Ronja Köckerling (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:10:12 
20Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:13:51 
21Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:15:55 
22Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:16:41 
23Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Germany0:17:24 
24Christina Koep (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:19:40 
25Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:24:37 
26Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS0:32:00 
27Theres Klein (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens0:32:07 
28Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:34:05 
29Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:41:47 
Teams classification
1Orica-AIS25:41:56 
2Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:00:03 
3MCipollini Giordana0:00:05 
4Wiggle Honda0:00:06 
5Specialized-lululemon0:00:10 
6Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:17 
7Australia0:00:21 
8Slovenia0:00:36 
9Germany0:01:28 
10Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:07:31 
11Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:08:05 
12Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:11:27 
13BePink0:18:36 
14Maxx Solar Stevens0:26:02 
15Bigla Cycling Team0:26:08 
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