HTC Highroad powers to team time trial victory

Defending champion Arndt assumes first leader's jersey

The HTC-Highroad women's squad opened the Giro della Toscana Femminile with a victory in the stage 1 team time trial. The team, led in by defending champion Judith Arndt, stopped the clock in 6:27 for the 5.5km parcours to beat the Russian Federation team by 13 seconds and Gauss by 24 seconds.

With the stage victory, Arndt picked up where she left off in 2010 as the holder of the leader's jersey.

"It was a flat circuit today," said HTC Highroad sports director Ronny Lauke, "A very simple course that came down to setting as strong of a pace as we could and maintaining it until the end.

"Our plan was to accelerate hard at the start and keep pace steady. We had Judith [Arndt], Ina [Teutenberg] and Charlotte [Becker] pulling on the long stretches and our younger riders leading out the short sections."

With another flat circuit tomorrow, the HTC-Highroad women face a 117.1km route to defend their lead and keep Arndt in the leader's jersey.

"We have been on a bit of a winning streak over the past ten days and we plan to keep the momentum here in Tuscany," said Lauke.

Full Results
1HTC Highroad Women0:06:27 
2Russian Federation0:00:13 
3Gauss0:00:24 
4SC MCipollini Giambenini  
5Australia0:00:25 
6Garmin - Cervelo0:00:27 
7Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
8Lotto Honda Team0:00:28 
9Diadora - Pasta Zara0:00:29 
10United States of America  
11Colavita Forno d'Asolo0:00:33 
12S.C. Michela Fanini Rox0:00:34 
13Germany0:00:35 
14Vaiano Solaristech0:00:36 
15Slovenia0:00:39 
16Dolmans Landscaping Team  
17Kleo Ladies Team0:00:42 
18Ukraine  
19Kuota Speed Kueens0:00:46 
20Lointek0:00:54 
21Fanini0:01:05 
General classification after stage 1
1Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women0:06:27 
2Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women  
3Amanda Miller (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women  
5Katie Colclough (GBr) HTC Highroad Women  
6Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women0:00:03 
7Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:13 
8Irina Molicheva (Rus) Russian Federation  
9Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Russian Federation  
10Evgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) Russian Federation  
11Verena Absalyamova (Rus) Russian Federation  
12Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss0:00:24 
13Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
14Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Gauss  
15Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
16Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss  
17Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Gianbenini  
18Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Gianbenini  
19Fabiana Luperini (Ita) MCipollini Gianbenini  
20Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Gianbenini  
21Marta Bastianelli (Ita) MCipollini Gianbenini  
22Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia0:00:25 
23Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia  
24Jessie MacLean (Aus) Australia  
25Joanne Hogan (Aus) Australia  
26Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia  
27Carla Ryan (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo0:00:27 
28Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin-Cervelo  
29Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Garmin-Cervelo  
30Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin-Cervelo  
31Sarah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) Garmin-Cervelo  
32Simona Frapporti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
33Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
34Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
35Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
36Cherise Taylor (RSA) Lotto Honda Team0:00:28 
37Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Honda Team  
38Robyn De Groot (RSA) Lotto Honda Team  
39Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
40Joanna Van De Winkel (RSA) Lotto Honda Team  
41Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia  
42Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara0:00:29 
43Claudia Häusler (Ger) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
44Alona Andruk (Ukr) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
45Giulia Donato (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
46Carmen McNellis Small (USA) United States of America  
47Megan Guarnier (USA) United States of America  
48Kristin McGrath (USA) United States of America  
49Janel Holcomb (USA) United States of America  
50Tayler Wiles (USA) United States of America  
51Robin Farina (USA) United States of America  
52Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
53Amber Pierce (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara0:00:32 
54Elena Cecchini (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo0:00:33 
55Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
56Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
57Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
58Alessandra d'Ettorre (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
59Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Colavita Forno d'Asolo0:00:34 
60Andrea Dvorak (USA) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
61Grete Treier (Est) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
62Verónica Leal Balderas (Mex) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
63Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
64Karin Aune (Swe) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
65Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
66Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo  
67Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany0:00:35 
68Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany  
69Trixi Worrack (Ger) Germany  
70Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany  
71Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany  
72Janine Bubner (Ger) Germany  
73Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech0:00:36 
74Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Vaiano Solaristech  
75Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
76Chiara Vanni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
77Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
78Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss  
79Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:00:37 
80Tjaša Rutar (Slo) Slovenia0:00:39 
81Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia  
82Petra Zrimšek (Slo) Slovenia  
83Živa Verbic (Slo) Slovenia  
84Urša Pintar (Slo) Slovenia  
85Alenka Novak (Slo) Slovenia  
86Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss  
87Danielle Bekkering (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
88Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
89Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
90Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
91Petra Dijkman (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
92Marissa Otten (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
93Giulia Ronchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:00:40 
94Alessia Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
95Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team0:00:42 
96Francesca Tognali (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
97Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
98Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
99Olena Sharga (Ukr) Ukraine  
100Oksana Kashchishina (Ukr) Ukraine  
101Maryna Ivaniuk (Ukr) Ukraine  
102Eivgenia Vysotska (Ukr) Ukraine  
103Ivanna Borovichenko (Ukr) Ukraine  
104Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
105Lelizaveta Oshurkova (Ukr) Ukraine  
106Viktoriya Vologdina (Ukr) Ukraine  
107Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:00:43 
108Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
109Victoria Kondel (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:44 
110Laura Fouquet (Ger) Kuota Speed Kueens0:00:46 
111Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens  
112Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens  
113Romy Kasper (Ger) Kuota Speed Kueens  
114Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Germany  
115Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) MCipollini Gianbenini0:00:47 
116Marie-Therese Ludwig (Ger) Germany0:00:53 
117Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spa) Lointek0:00:54 
118Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek  
119Leticia Gil Parra (Spa) Lointek  
120Mireia Epelde Bikendi (Spa) Lointek  
121Sara Grifi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox0:00:55 
122Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team0:00:57 
123Samantha Galassi (Ita) MCipollini Gianbenini0:00:58 
124Bridie O'Donnell (Aus) Australia0:00:59 
125Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) Diadora - Pasta Zara0:01:00 
126Francesca Stefani (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara0:01:01 
127Whitney Gaggioli (USA) Fanini0:01:05 
128Alena Sitsko (Blr) Fanini  
129Federica Primavera (Ita) Fanini  
130Monica Ceccon (Ita) Fanini  
131Claudia Schlager (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens0:01:06 
132Ella Michal (Isr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox0:01:08 
133Olena Oliinyk (Ukr) Ukraine0:01:09 
134Stefania Baldi (Ita) Fanini0:01:12 
135Sara Ficini (Ita) Fanini0:01:14 
136Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:01:17 
137Alexandra Goncharova (Rus) Russian Federation0:01:20 
138Ally Stacher (USA) HTC Highroad Women0:01:23 
139Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek0:01:39 
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