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Tough Flèche for Getränke Hoffmann

Team Getränke Hoffmann managed to finish the women's Flèche Wallonne with only half of its riders Wednesday. Only Tina Liebig, Stephanie Pohl and Natalie Bates made it to the end.

"It's driving us crazy, it's really not funny any more," said a frustrated directeur sportif Torsten Wittig. "We had expected things to go differently today. We have to exactly analyse what we have to change, in order to finally get away from all this bad luck."

Team captain Theresa Senff, who had hoped to end up on the podium Wednesday, had to leave the race after crashing and injuring her shoulder. She had injured the shoulder earlier this month already, in a car accident as she was heading to the Ronde van Vlaanderen, which caused her to miss that race.