ORICA-AIS enjoyed a quiet day in the bunch as Ina Teutenberg (Specialized-lululemon) won stage 5 of the Brainwash Ladies Tour from a 16-rider break. The Australian outfit was intentionally not represented in the race winning move.
“We didn’t have a rider in the break, and surprisingly enough, that was our plan,” said Sports Director Martin Barras. “Our chance of winning the overall has disappeared with Loes Gunnewijk’s crash of the breakaway so close to the finish yesterday. In consideration of the work we’ve already done, the team time trial in eight days and the possibility of a good result in the final stage in Holland tomorrow, we elected for a quiet day.”
Thirty kilometers from the stage start, two riders slipped away from the peloton. They were joined by a group of 14 chasers. After slightly more than one hour of racing, the winning break had solidified.
“The move was perfect for us because there were no overall contenders represented,” explained Barras. “Rabobank controlled the race because they maintained an interest in the time bonuses offered in the intermediate sprint and at the finish line. The work of other teams allowed us an easy ride home.”
Teutenberg won the sprint ahead of Shelley Olds (AA Drink – leontien.nl) and Sara Mustonen (Hitec Products – Mistral Homes). Charlotte Becker (Specialized-lululemon) retained the overall lead following the penultimate stage.
“We’re up for the win tomorrow,” said Barras. “It’s a hard, hilly stage that suits our abilities.”