Hausler wins Tour de l'Aude; Teutenberg takes finale


Claudia Hausler (Cervélo TestTeam) took the overall victory in the 25th edition of the Tour de l’Aude on Sunday as Columbia-Highroad’s Ina-Yoko Teutenberg collected her third stage win in this year’s race, out-kicking Noëmie Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team) and Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling Team).

Teutenberg, who thus claimed her 18th career stage at the tour, gave all the credit to teammate Chantal Beltman.

“Without Chantal in the break with me today I would not have survived,” Teutenberg said. “She worked hard all day in the group and at the end she rode the last five kilometers from the front covering all the attacks.”

Beltman, Teutenberg and Loes Gunnewijk (Flexpoint) escaped only 8km into the 87.5km race. They were joined 12km later by Johansson and Bigla teammates Cantale and Modesta Vzesniauskaite, and the six raced ahead of Hausler’s chasing Cervélo squad over five categorized climbs and rolling terrain to finish with only 15 seconds to spare.

“The group worked really well together, then over the final climb Bigla started attacking, which was when Chantal had to work really hard to keep the break together. She did the perfect job and delivered me to the line for the sprint,” said Teutenberg.

“I’m totally exhausted. The course was really tough and it was really hot. Even after drinking about six litres of water today I feel dehydrated, but it’s nice to finish Tour de l’Aude with a win.”

No doubt Hausler thought likewise. When the final stats were tallied she had claimed the overall by more than two minutes over Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung) with Marianne Vos (DSB Bank-Nederland Bloeit) third at 3:50.


Tess Weaver


May 27, 2009