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Soeder obtains first season victory

Christiane Soeder took her first victory of the 2009 season

Christiane Soeder took her first victory of the 2009 season (Image credit: WomensCycling.net)

Christiane Soeder (Cervélo TestTeam) achieved her first season victory on April 8 in Hungary, winning a 23.66-kilometre long time trial. Soeder's time was 32:48,53 on the very flat parcours, for an average of 43,34 km/h.

The race was held on the Pannoniaring, a motorbike race circuit. Soeder was able to win despite a difficult preparation for the race. She was racing in the Ronde van Vlaanderen just three days earlier, had a hard training session on Tuesday and a long transfer to the race site.

Soeder won ahead of Sandrina Illes (Tri Stars Koma) and Elisabeth Reiner (ELK Haus NÖ).

In yesterday's World Cup, the Unive World Cup in Drenthe, Netherlands, Soeder played the domestique in a race she dislikes. "Today it was important to help the team during the attacks and to get some racing in after the long winter break," said Soeder.

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