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Abbott takes the stage atop Monte Serra

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Marra Abbott claims the stage.

Marra Abbott claims the stage. (Image credit: Giro Donne)
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Emma Pooley took over the maglia rosa.

Emma Pooley took over the maglia rosa. (Image credit: Giro Donne)
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Mara Abbott (Team Columbia) wins the stage ahead of Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team).

Mara Abbott (Team Columbia) wins the stage ahead of Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team). (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Katherine Carroll (USA National Team) and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia) riding in the rain which fell early in the stage.

Katherine Carroll (USA National Team) and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia) riding in the rain which fell early in the stage. (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Nicole Brandli (Bigla Cycling Team) leads Mara Abbott (Team Columbia) through the feed zone on the first climb from Calci to Buti.

Nicole Brandli (Bigla Cycling Team) leads Mara Abbott (Team Columbia) through the feed zone on the first climb from Calci to Buti. (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) on the climb.

Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) on the climb. (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Third on the stage Claudia Hausler (Cervelo Test Team) leads Amber Neben (Equipe Nurnberger).

Third on the stage Claudia Hausler (Cervelo Test Team) leads Amber Neben (Equipe Nurnberger). (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Amber Neben (Equipe Nurnberger) wore the 'maglia rosa' for the day, but lost it on the second climb.

Amber Neben (Equipe Nurnberger) wore the 'maglia rosa' for the day, but lost it on the second climb. (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Edita Puckinskaite (Gauss RDZ) leads a small group in the gloom of the cloud on the climb.

Edita Puckinskaite (Gauss RDZ) leads a small group in the gloom of the cloud on the climb. (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)

A tough mountain stage in the Giro d"Italia Femminile has seen Mara Abbott claim victory for Columbia-HTC. Abbott outsprinted British rider Emma Pooley at the end of the 106-kilometre stage three of the Giro d'Italia Femminile, which started in Calcinaia and finished with a double ascent of the gruelling Monte Serra climb.

The 23-year-old American was delighted about the victory. "It's really exciting. There are so many good riders on this team that even though I felt strong, it was difficult to imagine that I could actually be strong enough to go for the win," Abbott said afterwards.

Abbott initially broke away with Pooley on the first ascent of the 10-kilometre Monte Serra, but came off her bike on the downhill section of the climb. "The descent was very tricky because it had rained and I crashed, although fortunately I wasn't injured. Linda [Villumsen, Columbia-HTC teammate] guided me back up to the front group before we reached the Montesierra again.

"Almost as soon as we did, I got away again with Pooley. Then when [Pooley's teammate Claudia] Hausler got across, I attacked and managed to drop her, which left me and Pooley as stage leaders. Pooley did most of the work, but I couldn't collaborate because I wanted to defend [teammate] Judith Arndt's position on GC. Finally at the summit, I attacked about 800 metres from the top and went for the win."

Now second overall, Abbott was cautiously optimistic about Columbia-HTC's chances of winning, either with her or another rider. "There are some very tough stages coming up, but Judith [Arndt] is still high up on the overall so we've got a lot of options, not just me. But in any case, I'm very pleased about things have worked out today. It was cool!"

Results
1Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women2:55:32
2Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam
3Claudia Hausler (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam0:00:36
4Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women0:01:24
5Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino
6Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo TestTeam0:01:32
7Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:02:00
8Amber Neben (USA) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:02:05
9Nicole Brandli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:02:47
10Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
11Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:03:40
12Linda Melanie Villumsen (Den) Team Columbia HTC Women0:04:43
13Ana Belen Garcia Antequera (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System0:05:33
14Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint0:05:38
15Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:05:44
16Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam0:05:56
17Elena Berlato (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia0:06:06
19Flavia Oliveira (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:06:45
20Olena Oliynik (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:07:01
21Luise Keller (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women
22Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi0:07:37
23Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'
24Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:07:44
25Shara Gillon (Aus) Australia0:07:58
26Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:08:12
27Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo TestTeam
28Giuseppina Grassi (Mex) Selle Italia Ghezzi
29Saneila Biagi (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'0:08:53
30Iris Slappendel (Ned) Team Flexpoint
31Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi
32Rosane Kirch (Bra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:08:56
33Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team0:09:05
34Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia0:10:26
35Edita Unguryte (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
36Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
37Monia Baccaille (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
38Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:11:07
39Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team Columbia HTC Women0:11:09
40Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:11:11
41Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs Edilsavino0:11:54
42Amber Halliday (Aus) Australia0:12:50
43Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex) Fenixs Edilsavino
44Ariadna Tudel Cuberes (And) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System0:12:54
45Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:12:58
46Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo TestTeam0:13:40
47Alessandra D' Ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:13:56
48Samantha Galassi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:14:18
49Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:15:00
50Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
51Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino0:15:31
52Uenia Fernades Da Souza (Bra) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
53Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line
54Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:16:57
55Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:18:30
56Siobhan Dervan (Irl) Fenixs Edilsavino
57Catherine Hare Willianson (GBr) Fenixs Edilsavino
58Vera Koedooder (Ned) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
59Cristina Alcalde Huertanos (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System
60Katheryn Curi Mattis (USA) US National Team
61Emma Mackie (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
62Kaytee Boyd (NZl) Selle Italia Ghezzi
63Laura Bozzolo (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
64Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
65Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago
66Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:18:50
67Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:19:22
68Viktoria Vologdina (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:19:32
69Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:20:09
70Liz Hatch (USA) Team System Data0:20:24
71Tetyana Mykhaylova (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo0:21:07
72Francesca Faustini (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'
73Lisa Racchetto (USA) Team System Data
74Chiara Vanni (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'
75Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team
76Aleaksandra Lohvinova (Blr) Team System Data
77Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia
78Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia
79Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint0:24:42
80Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo TestTeam
81Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint
82Simona Frapporti (Ita) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
83Megan Guarnier (USA) US National Team
84Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia HTC Women
85Meredith Miller (USA) US National Team
86Dorleta Zorrilla Braceras (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System
87Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
88Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi
89Lauren Tamayo (USA) US National Team
90Linn Torp (Nor) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
91Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team
92Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Bigla Cycling Team
93Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi
94Eneritz Iturriagaetxebarria Mazaga (Spa) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi
95Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi
96Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
97Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi
98Alessia Quarta (Ita) Team Cmax Dila'
99Carly Hibberd (Aus) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
100Sarah Duster (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam
101Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam
102Laura Pisaneschi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line
103Marlen Johrend (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
104Alice Donadoni (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago
105Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago
106Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team
107Chiara Rozzini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line
108Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line
109Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago
110Gloria Presti (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
111Odette Bertolin (Ita) Team System Data
112Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia
113Sara Grifi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
114Chloe Hoskings (Aus) Australia
115Katharine Carroll (USA) US National Team
116Silvia Tirado Marquez (Spa) Team Cmax Dila'
117Brooke Miller (USA) US National Team
118Shelley Olds (USA) US National Team
119Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Fenixs Edilsavino
120Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia HTC Women
121Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:25:07
122Alena Dylko (Blr) Team System Data0:25:23
123Diana Zamorano (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System
124Marina Vinnikava (Blr) Team System Data
125Zaira De Luca (Ita) Team System Data
126Silvia Trovellesi (Ita) Team System Data
127Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System
128Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago
129Katherine Bates (Aus) Team Columbia HTC Women0:26:16
130Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago0:24:42
131Mireia Epelde Bikendi (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System

General classification after stage 3
1Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo Test Team6:06:15
2Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia Highroad0:01:07
3Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:01:18
4Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger0:01:40
5Amber Neben (Usa) Team Columbia Highroad0:01:34
6Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs Edilsavino0:01:45
7Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago0:02:22
8Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:03:04
9Nicole Brändli (Sui) Team Bigla0:03:34
10Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:04:12

 

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