Stage 2 Time Trial – 26 May 2012
The fastest time at today’s 17Km time trial is 21’37″ from Amber Neben (Team Specialized-lululemon). Team mates Evelyn Stevens (+15″) and Clara Hughes (+20″) were second and third fastest in today’s wet weather. Neben takes over the overall standings from fellow Lululemon Ina Yoko Teutenberg but the German retains the sprinter’s jersey.
Earlier in the day it looked to become a repeat of the Prologue Time Trial as Canadians held the top three places, led by Anne Samplonius (NOW and Novartis for MS) with a time of 22’39″. First Jasmin Glaesser (Canadian National Team) took over first place followed by Neben with the first time under 22 minutes.
“I’m on the best team in the world, Specialized-lululemon.” commented Neben, “Between the sponsors, the equipment, the staff, my team mates, it’s all the best. We all get along and love each other and want to see each other do the best. We feed off that and you see it in the results too.”
Commenting about the Tour itself, Neben said “It’s been fantastic. The really fun thing is they’ve drawn in international teams. With the media exposure, too, just putting it on-line, that’s a first for women’s racing. It gives people a chance to see what we actually do. It’s such an awesome thing.”
With five riders in the top ten, today’s domination by Team Specialized-lululemon mirrors their results at the Prologue Time Trial. Neben, Stevens, Hughes, and Teutenberg, in that order, are also the top four in the General Classification. Gillian Carleton (Canadian National Team) is fifth overall with 24 seconds covering the top five racers.
Tomorrow’s race is the 93Km Queen’s Stage. The point-to-point race starts in Crouch, finishes in Idaho City, and features 1,377m of total climbing. The forecast calls for likely showers during race time but temperatures should be warmer than today. Expectations amongst racers attending press conferences is for this stage to set up the deciding finale at Stage 4 – more than 40 racers remain within 3 minutes of the overall leader.
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