Culture

Dede’s take – Into the mountains

The Alps – Stage 7 - We are in the Alps and it has been pouringrain, but the scenery is incredible despite the water dumping down. Wehave been pedaling through the clouds, up and down the cols and along thelush green valley floors. We’ve covered some amazing terrain.The organization at this race gets better and better each year, althoughthere are always long transfers, sometimes before and after the stage.We had what was supposed to be a thirty-five kilometer transfer to thestart of today’s stage, but turned out to be at least sixty, on mountainroads, which turned into one hour in the cars.At

Dede Demet-Barry’s Stage 7 diary

By Dede Demet-Barry, T-Mobile CyclingTeam

The Alps – Stage 7 – We are in the Alps and it has been pouringrain, but the scenery is incredible despite the water dumping down. Wehave been pedaling through the clouds, up and down the cols and along thelush green valley floors. We’ve covered some amazing terrain.The organization at this race gets better and better each year, althoughthere are always long transfers, sometimes before and after the stage.We had what was supposed to be a thirty-five kilometer transfer to thestart of today’s stage, but turned out to be at least sixty, on mountainroads, which turned into one hour in the cars.At the start, there were no bathrooms, and unfortunately, the coffeewe had at breakfast had kicked in. We dodged into the bushes one by oneto let loose and my teammate Stacey forgot to look down before she squatted.She lowered herself into stinging nettles. Needless to say, it was nota comfortable day for her on the bike. The rest of us were lucky and missedout on the nettles.We started the stage on a third category climb, which did not feel toohard, but it was raining and the descent was a little scary, as it wastight and a little bumpy. There were climbs today where the race profilehad said it would be flat. On one of these climbs, Rasa Polikiachute, thecurrent World Champion, attacked and this caused the peloton to split.I think there were about 25 in the front group and Saturn was forced tochase hard to catch Rasa before the Col de Madeleine, which was to be thetoughest climb of the day.The race blew to pieces on the Madeleine. There were several small groups.I really enjoyed this climb, as I was able to get into a good rhythm andride tempo passing through clouds and gaining elevation. At the top itwas super cold. Fortunately, our director Jean Paul Van Poppel and KurtMarion had warm tea with honey in some water bottles and handed them upto us. That was the best and kept us going during the freezing descent.Jeff Pierce was there with rain jackets as well. I grabbed one at thetop and flew down the steep descent, shivering all the way. I was thinkingit must have been really bad for the girls who did not have a tea warm-upat the top. The descent was long, twenty-five kilometers. It seemed thatright after we got to the bottom, we started going up again towards thefinish.The finishing climb was 15 kilometers and there were plenty of fansshouting words of encouragement despite the rain. This gave us a good push.It was neat seeing so many families out on the course. I was trying togive my empty bottles to young kids along the course, as they seem to getpretty excited when they receive a “bidon”.Amber Neben and Kim Bruckner are riding very well on the climbs andare up there with the leaders. It would be neat to see one of them wina stage in the Alps. Kim has been very close already once, but Zabirovasnuck away from her in the end and she ended up third.We lost some riders today who showed a lot of force in the first fewdays of this race. Petra Rossner got sick and pulled out. Zulfia Zabirova,who won the stage yesterday, and Leonteen Van Moorsal got in the cars aswell. I think the attrition rate could be quite high tomorrow, as we willface the toughest climbs of this tour and more rain is in the forecast.


Dede Demet-Barry is sending diaries to VeloNews.com throughout thisyear’s Grande Boucle Feminin. Sheshares a web site with her husband Michael Barry.


Stage 7 Aix-les-Bains to Courcheval – 133km
1. Edita Pucinskaite (Lit), Figurella Dream Team, 4:21:38 (30.73 kph),
2. Zinaida Stahurskaia (Blr), USC Chirio, at 0:09
3. Joane Somarriba Arrola (Sp), Deia Pragma, at 0:09
4. Nicole Brandli (Swi), Acca Due O, at 1:00
5. Susanne Ljungskog (S), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 1:02
6. Valentina Polkhanova (Rus), Itera, at 5:38
7. Judith Arndt (G), Saturn, at 6:24
8. Rasa Polikeviciute (Lit), Acca Due O, at 12:51
9. Amber Neben (USA), T Mobile, at 13:32
10. Alessandra Cappellotto (I), Mixte Power Plate, at 13:55
11. Aline Camboulives (F), French National, at 14:02
12. Kimberly Bruckner (USA), Saturn, at 14:21
13. Jolanta Polikeviciute (Lit), Acca Due O, at 20:33
14. Tatiana Stiajkina (Ukr), Deia Pragma, at 21:49
15. Svetlana Boubnenkova (Rus), Edilsavino, at 21:49
16. Cindy Pieters (B), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 21:52
17. Rhonda Quick (USA), Figurella Dream Team, at 24:56
18. Shani Bloch (Isr), Michela Fanini, at 27:01
19. Sandrine Marcuz (F), French National, at 27:25
20. Dede Demet-Barry (USA), T Mobile, at 27:25
21. Rosalisa Lapomarda (I), Aliverti, at 27:25
22. Teodora Ruano Sanchon (Sp), Deia Pragma, at 27:25
23. Eneritz Iturriaga Mazaga (Sp), Deia Pragma, at 27:25
24. Priska Doppmann (Swi), Mixte Power Plate, at 27:25
25. Karine Dalmais (F), French National, at 28:03
26. Silvia Parietti (I), Figurella Dream Team, at 29:45
27. Liane Bahler (G), Nurnberger, at 29:59
28. Iryna Chuzhynova (Ukr), Edilsavino, at 29:59
29. Kristin Armstrong (USA), T Mobile, at 29:59
30. Valentyna Karpenko (Ukr), Deia Pragma, at 30:18
31. Birgit Sollner (G), Nurnberger, at 31:29
32. Elisabeth Chevanne Brunel (F), C.A Mantes, at 34:35
33. Youlia Martissova (Rus), Itera, at 34:35
34. Helga Faccin (I), USC Chirio, at 34:35
35. Sandra Rombouts (Nl), Nurnberger, at 35:19
36. Jenny Algelid-Bengtsson (S), Nurnberger, at 37:39
37. Sylvie Riedle (F), C.A Mantes, at 39:10
38. Arenda Grimberg (Nl), Farm Frites, at 39:10
39. Chantal Beltman (Nl), Acca Due O, at 39:10
40. Penny Edwards (GBr), USC Chirio, at 39:10
41. Heidi Van De Vijver (B), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 39:10
42. Tiziana Smorgon (I), Figurella Dream Team, at 39:10
43. Sara Felloni (I), Edilsavino, at 39:10
44. Letizia Giardinelli (I), Michela Fanini, at 39:10
45. Marcia Eicher-Vouets (Swi), C.A Mantes, at 39:10
46. Veronique Belleter (B), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 39:10
47. Edita Kubelskiene (Lit), Figurella Dream Team, at 39:10
48. Mari Holden (USA), T Mobile, at 39:10
49. Regina Schleicher (G), Michela Fanini, at 39:10
50. Lisbeth Simper (Dk), Michela Fanini, at 39:10
51. Madeleine Lindberg (S), Farm Frites, at 39:10
52. Yvonne Brunen (Nl), Mixte Power Plate, at 39:10
53. Laure Werner (B), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 39:10
54. Goulnara Ivanova (Rus), USC Chirio, at 40:01
55. Kim Anderson (USA), T Mobile, at 40:01
56. Zita Urbonaite (Lit), Acca Due O, at 40:34
57. Kym Shirley (Aus), Itera, at 40:37
58. Vilija Purlite (Lit), Figurella Dream Team, at 41:11
59. Cristina Alcalde Huertanos (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 43:06
60. Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Sp), Aliverti, at 43:50
61. Marianna Lorenzoni (I), Aliverti, at 46:52
62. Lada Kozlikova (Cz), Itera, at 46:52
63. Daniela Veronesi (I), Edilsavino, at 46:52
64. Baukje Doedee (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 46:52
65. Emma James (Aus), C.A Mantes, at 46:52
66. Tetyana Andrushchenko (Ukr), USC Chirio, at 46:52
67. Francis Linthorst (Nl), Mixte Power Plate, at 46:52
68. Stacey Peters (USA), T Mobile, at 47:09
69. Marta Evangelisti (I), Edilsavino, at 47:36
70. Agurtzane Elorriaga Derteano (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 49:02
71. Nikane Xuen Mallea Ludlon (Sp), Mixte Sabeco
72. Ghita Beltman (Nl), Acca Due O, at 51:29
73. Anke Wichmann (G), Michela Fanini, at 51:29
74. Montserrat Alonso Bernal (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 51:29
75. Anouska Van Der Zee (Nl), Farm Frites, at 51:50
76. Alessandra d’Ettore (I), Aliverti, at 53:54
77. Anna Millward (Aus), Saturn, at 56:21
78. Kim Davidge (USA), Saturn, at 56:21
79. Ina Yoko Teutenberg (G), Saturn, at 56:21
80. Debby Mansveld (Nl), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 57:03
81. Alexandra Nohles (G), Mixte Power Plate, at 57:03
82. Francesca Castrucci (I), Aliverti, at 1:00:05
83. Isabelle Moulis (F), French National, at 1:00:05
84. Magalie Finot (F), French National, at 1:00:05
85. Alison Wright (Aus), Nurnberger, at 1:00:05
86. Olga Slioussareva (Rus), Itera, at 1:00:05
87. Iosune Murillo Elkano (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 1:00:05
88. Catherine Marsal (F), Saturn, at 1:00:05
89. Cornelia Cyrus (Rus), Itera, at 1:00:05
90. Vanessa Rochelle Guyton (NZl), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 1:00:05
91. Sissy Van Alebeek (Nl), Farm Frites, at 1:00:05
92. Anna Ramirez (Sp), Aliverti, at 1:00:05
93. Marina Khodtchenkova (Rus), Edilsavino, at 1:00:05
94. Cynthia Compain (F), C.A Mantes, at 1:13:43Overall after 7 Stages
1. Zinaida Stahurskaia (Blr), USC Chirio, at 23:03:20
2. Joane Somarriba Arrola (Sp), Deia Pragma, at 0:59
3. Edita Pucinskaite (Lit), Figurella Dream Team, at 1:17
4. Susanne Ljungskog (S), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 2:27
5. Nicole Brandli (Swi), Acca Due O, at 3:52
6. Judith Arndt (G), Saturn, at 4:10
7. Valentina Polkhanova (Rus), Itera, at 5:10
8. Kimberly Bruckner (USA), Saturn, at 12:59
9. Rasa Polikeviciute (Lit), Acca Due O, at 14:17
10. Alessandra Cappellotto (I), Mixte Power Plate, at 15:31
11. Amber Neben (USA), T Mobile, at 16:13
12. Jolanta Polikeviciute (Lit), Acca Due O, at 22:17
13. Aline Camboulives (F), French National, at 23:59
14. Tatiana Stiajkina (Ukr), Deia Pragma, at 26:37
15. Svetlana Boubnenkova (Rus), Edilsavino, at 29:18
16. Cindy Pieters (B), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 32:40
17. Sandrine Marcuz (F), French National, at 33:53
18. Liane Bahler (G), Nurnberger, at 36:24
19. Karine Dalmais (F), French National, at 39:17
20. Youlia Martissova (Rus), Itera, at 39:29
21. Rosalisa Lapomarda (I), Aliverti, at 39:58
22. Priska Doppmann (Swi), Mixte Power Plate, at 40:36
23. Iryna Chuzhynova (Ukr), Edilsavino, at 42:00
24. Rhonda Quick (USA), Figurella Dream Team, at 43:45
25. Shani Bloch (Isr), Michela Fanini, at 43:54
26. Teodora Ruano Sanchon (Sp), Deia Pragma, at 44:06
27. Madeleine Lindberg (S), Farm Frites, at 44:45
28. Dede Demet-Barry (USA), T Mobile, at 46:03
29. Silvia Parietti (I), Figurella Dream Team, at 46:05
30. Birgit Sollner (G), Nurnberger, at 46:13
31. Regina Schleicher (G), Michela Fanini, at 46:40
32. Kristin Armstrong (USA), T Mobile, at 47:45
33. Valentyna Karpenko (Ukr), Deia Pragma, at 47:51
34. Elisabeth Chevanne Brunel (F), C.A Mantes, at 48:08
35. Arenda Grimberg (Nl), Farm Frites, at 48:35
36. Helga Faccin (I), USC Chirio, at 51:15
37. Yvonne Brunen (Nl), Mixte Power Plate, at 51:35
38. Sandra Rombouts (Nl), Nurnberger, at 52:08
39. Marcia Eicher-Vouets (Swi), C.A Mantes, at 52:18
40. Chantal Beltman (Nl), Acca Due O, at 52:41
41. Eneritz Iturriaga Mazaga (Sp), Deia Pragma, at 52:45
42. Sara Felloni (I), Edilsavino, at 53:37
43. Mari Holden (USA), T Mobile, at 54:09
44. Letizia Giardinelli (I), Michela Fanini, at 54:20
45. Lisbeth Simper (Dk), Michela Fanini, at 54:27
46. Jenny Algelid-Bengtsson (S), Nurnberger, at 55:10
47. Heidi Van De Vijver (B), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 56:25
48. Kym Shirley (Aus), Itera, at 56:44
49. Sylvie Riedle (F), C.A Mantes, at 57:03
50. Veronique Belleter (B), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 57:19
51. Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Sp), Aliverti, at 57:54
52. Zita Urbonaite (Lit), Acca Due O, at 58:15
53. Edita Kubelskiene (Lit), Figurella Dream Team, at 59:40
54. Daniela Veronesi (I), Edilsavino, at 59:56
55. Laure Werner (B), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 1:01:13
56. Cristina Alcalde Huertanos (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 1:02:17
57. Lada Kozlikova (Cz), Itera, at 1:03:26
58. Olga Slioussareva (Rus), Itera, at 1:06:00
59. Emma James (Aus), C.A Mantes, at 1:06:48
60. Tiziana Smorgon (I), Figurella Dream Team, at 1:07:08
61. Kim Anderson (USA), T Mobile, at 1:08:15
62. Francis Linthorst (Nl), Mixte Power Plate, at 1:08:57
63. Baukje Doedee (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 1:09:53
64. Anouska Van Der Zee (Nl), Farm Frites, at 1:10:08
65. Alessandra d’Ettore (I), Aliverti, at 1:10:18
66. Marianna Lorenzoni (I), Aliverti, at 1:10:53
67. Debby Mansveld (Nl), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 1:11:15
68. Montserrat Alonso Bernal (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 1:15:36
69. Ghita Beltman (Nl), Acca Due O, at 1:16:43
70. Tetyana Andrushchenko (Ukr), USC Chirio, at 1:18:27
71. Goulnara Ivanova (Rus), USC Chirio, at 1:18:47
72. Anke Wichmann (G), Michela Fanini, at 1:18:55
73. Marina Khodtchenkova (Rus), Edilsavino, at 1:20:35
74. Anna Millward (Aus), Saturn, at 1:20:58
75. Sissy Van Alebeek (Nl), Farm Frites, at 1:22:25
76. Vilija Purlite (Lit), Figurella Dream Team, at 1:24:10
77. Stacey Peters (USA), T Mobile, at 1:25:17
78. Ina Yoko Teutenberg (G), Saturn, at 1:25:56
79. Alison Wright (Aus), Nurnberger, at 1:28:59
80. Penny Edwards (GBr), USC Chirio, at 1:31:25
81. Marta Evangelisti (I), Edilsavino, at 1:32:11
82. Kim Davidge (USA), Saturn, at 1:33:39
83. Catherine Marsal (F), Saturn, at 1:35:26
84. Magalie Finot (F), French National, at 1:37:48
85. Alexandra Nohles (G), Mixte Power Plate, at 1:37:51
86. Francesca Castrucci (I), Aliverti, at 1:39:41
87. Iosune Murillo Elkano (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 1:42:27
88. Isabelle Moulis (F), French National, at 1:43:01
89. Anna Ramirez (Sp), Aliverti, at 1:43:38
90. Agurtzane Elorriaga Derteano (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 1:50:31
91. Cornelia Cyrus (Rus), Itera, at 1:54:20
92. Vanessa Rochelle Guyton (NZl), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 1:58:10
93. Nikane Xuen Mallea Ludlon (Sp), Mixte Sabeco, at 2:09:03
94. Cynthia Compain (F), C.A Mantes, at 2:43:19