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Somarriba extends lead in Grand Boucle

Spain’s Joane Somarriba extended her lead in La Grand Boucle Féminine on Thursday during stage 11, a 125km run from Langogne to Vernoux en Vivarais. Somarriba (Alfa Lum R.S.M.) finished second behind Italy’s Fabiana Luperini (Edilsavino), though both riders were credited with the same time, 3:23:08. Jeanie Longo (Swam-Slovakia), who had been second in the overall G.C. entering the day’s racing, finished in a group 2:05 back, which dropped Longo to fourth overall, at 4:52. With her win, Luperini jumped from sixth to second overall, and is now 3:33 behind Somarriba in the chase for the title

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Luperini takes the win  with Somaribba just behind.

Luperini takes the win with Somaribba just behind.

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Spain’s Joane Somarriba extended her lead in La Grand Boucle Féminine on Thursday during stage 11, a 125km run from Langogne to Vernoux en Vivarais. Somarriba (Alfa Lum R.S.M.) finished second behind Italy’s Fabiana Luperini (Edilsavino), though both riders were credited with the same time, 3:23:08. Jeanie Longo (Swam-Slovakia), who had been second in the overall G.C. entering the day’s racing, finished in a group 2:05 back, which dropped Longo to fourth overall, at 4:52.

With her win, Luperini jumped from sixth to second overall, and is now 3:33 behind Somarriba in the chase for the title at the world’s biggest stage race for women. Italy’s Alessandra Cappellotto (Gas Sport) is third overall, at 4:46. Somarriba, the 2000 Grand Boucle champion, is trying to repeat.

American Mari Holden (Alfa Lum R.S.M) was 24th on the day, 3:01 behind the leaders, but held onto to her 11th-place position in the overall standings, 12:16 behind teammate, Somarriba.

Racing continues Friday with a 131km ride from Valreas to Superdévoluy. The finish is set for Sunday, when the field heads from Pierrelaye to Paris.

Results

GRAND BOUCLE FEMININE, France. August 5-19.; Stage 11: Langogne to Vernoux en Vivarais; 1. Fabiana Luperini (I), Edilsavino, 125km in 3:23:08; 2. Joane Somarriba (Sp), Alfa Lum R.S.M., s.t.; 3. Judith Arndt (G), Junkers-Noja, at 0:42; 4. Alessandra Cappellotto (I), Gas Sport, at 1:28; 5. Rasa Polikeviciute (Lit), Acca Due-O H.P Lorena, s.t.; 6. Marianna Lorenzoni (I), Aliverti Mixed, at 1:30; 7. Jolanta Polikeviciute (Lit), Acca Due-O H.P Lorena, at 2:05; 8. Svetlana Boubnenkova (Rus), Edilsavino; 9. Simona Parente (I), Edilsavino; 10. Nataliya Kachalka (Ukr), Michela Fanini Record Rox; Others; 13. Cybil Diguistini (Can), CA Mantes-La-Ville; 14. Zinaida Stahurskaia (Blr), Gas Sport; 15. Jeannie Longo (F), Swam-Slovakia, all s.t.; 23. Lara Ruthven (USA), Carpe Diem Itera, at 3:01; 24. Mari Holden (USA), Alfa Lum R.S.M.; 25. Rhonda Quick (USA), Farm Frites/USA, all s.t.; 52. Joan Wilson (USA), Farm Frites/USA, at 8:13; General classification after 11 of 14 stages;1. Joane Somarriba (Sp), Alfa Lum R.S.M., 31:15:20; 2. Fabiana Luperini (I), Edilsavino, at 3:33; 3. Alessandra Cappellotto (I), Gas Sport, at 4:46; 4. Jeannie Longo (F), Swam-Slovakia, at 4:52; 5. Zinaida Stahurskaia (Blr), Gas Sport, at 5:07; 6. Judith Arndt (G), Junkers-Noja, at 5:08; 7. Rasa Polikeviciute (Lit), Acca Due-O H.P Lorena, at 6:08; 8. Teodora Ruano Sanchon (Sp), Junkers-Noja, at 7:27; 9. Marianna Lorenzoni (I), Aliverti Mixed, at 10:18; 10. Jolanta Polikeviciute (Lit), Acca Due-O H.P Lorena, at 10:23; North Americans;11. Mari Holden (USA), Alfa Lum R.S.M., at 12:16; 20. Lara Ruthven (USA), Carpe Diem Itera, at 18:11; 23. Cybil Diguistini (Can), CA Mantes-La-Ville, at 22:25; 49. Rhonda Quick (USA), Farm Frites/USA, at 43:39; 50. Joan Wilson (USA), Farm Frites/USA, at 45:08