Teutenberg Wins Opening Stage In Holland

First Endurance rider Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) powered to her 22nd victory of the 2010 season in the Holland Ladies Tour, narrowly defeating Netherlands rider Marianne Vos in a bunch sprint. Teutenberg’s victory in the opening stage, a 112.4-kilometre stage in the city of Neunen Gerwen, also earned the HTC-Columbia rider the overall lead.

“Ina was a little uncertain of her condition because she hasn’t raced for a while, but she proved today she’s in great form,” said HTC-Columbia Sports Director Rene Wenzel. “Once it became clear it was going to be a bunch sprint, we worked hard for Ina to make sure she had her chance. It was a very tricky, technical stage, with a very technical finish that strung the riders out and the sprint was very close, but Ina got it.”

Teutenberg took third overall in the same race last year, in which she also won a stage. Wenzel commented, “Ina has a five-second advantage, which is pretty slim, but last year the race was won by just a couple of seconds so we’ll do what we can. Looking further ahead, too, to the World Championships this September, this is a very encouraging result for Ina.”

Teutenberg’s HTC-Columbia teammate Evelyn Stevens was unlucky enough to crash in the race, about 20 kilometres from the finish, injuring her elbow. As a precaution, the American rider was taken to a nearby hospital for an x-ray and exam, which concluded to be clear of fractures.

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