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Vooruitgang zichtbaar bij vrouwen (by RaboSportTV)

A Rabobank report on how the team found Stage 3 of the RaboSter Zeeuwsche Eilanden, with some lovely shots of the scenery, race footage and interviews with Liesbet Devocht, Iris Slappendel and Sarah Düster

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Sarah Düster, in the Stage 1 ITT of RaboSter Zeeuwsche Eilanden - via Foto’s RaboSter “Zeeuwsche Eilanden” 2012

Sarah Düster, in the Stage 1 ITT of RaboSter Zeeuwsche Eilanden - via Foto’s RaboSter “Zeeuwsche Eilanden” 2012

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The more I think about it, the more I’m glad I’m not an Olympic team selector, because it’s must be a nightmare, balancing different riders’ skills and abilities, taking into account their history, the course, the dynamics, etc etc etc. So it’ll be interesting to see how the Germans play it - especially because the German Cycling Federation have a bit of a history with odd team decisions. From the time they took Sarah Düster to the World Championships in Mendrisio, but didn’t bother to register her, and not telling her, to the decisions over the 2004 Olympic team that resulted in Judith Arndt sending them a very public message, they are one to watch… and it’ll be especially interesting this year, because they have to start as one of the top favourites.

Below the jump, I’ll tell you the three riders I think have to be given a ticket to London, and who I think will be fighting for the fourth spot - and in the comments you can say who YOU’D take! But we’ll start with Ina-Yoko Teutenberg - because if any rider is guaranteed a place on the team, if not on the Olympic podium, it’s Teute…

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Olympic Dreams - who would you pick for the German team? - Podium Cafe

My profiles of the riders I think will be representing the German Olympic team in the road races in London… Go on and read it!

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Tour Of Chongming Island 2012 - Stage 1: Sarah Düster (Rabo Women) Rolled Over The Line With Her Chain Off The Front Rings, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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Tour Of Chongming Island 2012 - Stage 1: A Crash Wipes Out Sarah Düster (Rabo Women), The Leaders Continue Sprinting, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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"Womens’ road: Judith Arndt (GreenEdge), Charlotte Becker (Specialized), Sarah Düster (Rabobank), Claudia Häusler (GreenEdge), Romy Kasper (Rusvelo), Hanka Kupfernagel (Rusvelo), Anna-Bianca Schnitzmeier (Nutrixxion), Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized), Trixi Worrack (Specialized)"

Germans Release Long Lists For London 2012 Olympic Road Disciplines | Cyclingnews.com

These are the riders they’ll pick their 4 riders for the Olympic road race from

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EPZ Omloop Van Borsele WE 2012: Ellen Van Dijk (Specialized - Lululemon) Takes The Win Ahead Of Gracie Elvin And Sarah Düster, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
1.   Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon, 3:03:182.   Gracie Elvin (Aus) Australia, s.t.3.   Sarah Düster (Ger) Rabobank, s.t.4.   Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, s.t.5.   Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Argos, s.t.6.   Melissa Hoskins (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS, s.t.7.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Tibco-To The Top, s.t.8.   Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, + 00:469.   Laura van der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans-Boels, s.t.10. Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Russia, s.t.
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EPZ Omloop Van Borsele WE 2012: Ellen Van Dijk (Specialized - Lululemon) Takes The Win Ahead Of Gracie Elvin And Sarah Düster, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

1.   Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon, 3:03:18
2.   Gracie Elvin (Aus) Australia, s.t.
3.   Sarah Düster (Ger) Rabobank, s.t.
4.   Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, s.t.
5.   Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Argos, s.t.
6.   Melissa Hoskins (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS, s.t.
7.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Tibco-To The Top, s.t.
8.   Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, + 00:46
9.   Laura van der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans-Boels, s.t.
10. Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Russia, s.t.

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EPZ Omloop Van Borsele WE 2012: Sarah Düster (Rabo Women) Leads The Break, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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EPZ Omloop Van Borsele WE 2012: Sarah Düster (Rabo Women) Bridged Across To The Break, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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EPZ Omloop Van Borsele WE 2012: The Break Formed Early And Lasted Throughout The Race, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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EPZ Omloop van Borsele 2012 - Report (by CyclingFlash12)

1.   Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon, 3:03:18
2.   Gracie Elvin (Aus) Australia, s.t.
3.   Sarah Düster (Ger) Rabobank, s.t.
4.   Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, s.t.
5.   Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Argos, s.t.
6.   Melissa Hoskins (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS, s.t.
7.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Tibco-To The Top, s.t.
8.   Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, + 00:46
9.   Laura van der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans-Boels, s.t.
10. Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Russia, s.t.

Full results

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Teutenberg wins Energiewacht Tour (by rtvnoord)

Video from stages 4b (the TTT) and Stage 5

Stage 5 results

1.   Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda, 3:27:05
2.   Evelyn Arys (Bel) Belgium, + 00:02
3.   Sarah Düster (Ger) Rabobank, s.t.
4.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Tibco To the Top, s.t.
5.   Marieke van Wanroij (Ned) AA Drink – Leontien.nl, s.t.
6.   Josien van Wingerden (Ned)  Specialized-DPD-SRAM, + 00:04
7.   Jennifer Wheeler (USA) Tibco To the Top, s.t.
8.   Chloe McConville (Aus) National Team Australia, + 00:16
9.   Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil Argos, + 02:19
10. Judith Jelsma (Ned) WV de Noord Westhoek, s.t.

Final General Classification

1.   Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, 11:24:45
2.   Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:07
3.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank, + 00:43
4.   Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:50
5.   Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge-AIS, + 01:10
6.   Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank, + 02:29
7.   Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink – Leontien.nl, + 02:34
8.   Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink – Leontien.nl, + 03:14
9.   Romy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo, + 04:16
10. Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS, + 04:34

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Energiewacht Tour 2012 - Stage 5: The Breakaway Going Strong On The Second Lap, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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Energiewacht Tour 2012: Stage 4b Podium (l-r): GreenEdge-AIS, 2nd; Specialized-lululemon, 3rd Rabobank, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
Stage results & report
1.   Specialized-Lululemon, 0:35:51.892.   GreenEdge-AIS, + 00:39.343.   Rabobank, + 01:13.354.   AA Drink-Leontien.nl, + 01:46.895.   RusVelo, + 02:01.026.   Canada, + 02:17.297.   Australia, + 03:02.598.   Dolmans-Boels, + 03:22.999.   Skil Argos, + 03:40.8310. Tibco To The Top, + 03:41.34
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Energiewacht Tour 2012: Stage 4b Podium (l-r): GreenEdge-AIS, 2nd; Specialized-lululemon, 3rd Rabobank, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

Stage results & report

1.   Specialized-Lululemon, 0:35:51.89
2.   GreenEdge-AIS, + 00:39.34
3.   Rabobank, + 01:13.35
4.   AA Drink-Leontien.nl, + 01:46.89
5.   RusVelo, + 02:01.02
6.   Canada, + 02:17.29
7.   Australia, + 03:02.59
8.   Dolmans-Boels, + 03:22.99
9.   Skil Argos, + 03:40.83
10. Tibco To The Top, + 03:41.34

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" Five unlikes for Vos at Flanders (not to be confused with dislikes):

1. Unlike Cancellara, she doesn’t really have any weak spot. She can climb, time trial and sprint (second at last year’s World Championship sprintfest).

2. Unlike Cancellara, she has team mates who can (and do) also win in these type of races.

3. Unlike most other bike races, Flanders understands the value of women’s cycling and also understands how to integrate a women’s race into the overall program. So the spectators are in for a treat.

4. Unlike Cancellara, Vos seems to be a mere mortal. It’s just been announced she’s sick and therefore out of Flanders for tomorrow. All bets are off, but my sentimental favorite is Lizzie Armitstead.

5. Unlikely winner could be Sara Duester, who is taking over the leader’s role from Vos for Rabobank. She is a great rider (and a great person), although she does not always like dealing with pressure. Maybe the way she just became the team leader is a blessing for her.”

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5-point Vos preview « Gerard Vroomen

The shock news that Marianne Vos is out of Ronde van Vlaanderen due to illness changes everything about the race.  I really like Vroomen’s Vos preview - and his five “unlikes”!