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HTC Highroad powers to team time trial victory

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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