Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour review: Lisa Brennauer's efforts get rewarded
Jun 03 2018 11:51 pm CET

Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour review: Lisa Brennauer's efforts get rewarded
Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour review: Lisa Brennauer's efforts get rewarded
Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour

The Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour finished with the overall victory of Wiggle-High5's Lisa Brennauer. The other two positions of the podium were taken by Team Sunweb's Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand.

An entire week of exciting racing witnessed by big crowds has finished in Germany. Brennauer showed a strong performance throughout the race that was rewarded with the overall victory.

The first stage of the German race featured the first win of the season for the American Coryn Rivera (Sunweb). The rider crossed the finish line in the city of Schleusingen ahead of Roxane Fournier (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and the winner of the last edition of the race, Brennauer, in front of a big public that took advantage of the sunny day.

The next day, the race moved to Meiningen and there Rivera and Brennauer were once again involved in the last sprint, but Canyon-SRAM's Elena Cecchini was faster than both, taking the first victory for her team in the season. Rivera's second place allowed her to keep the leader's jersey for another day.

The final of the third stage of the German race had a result that was an exact copy of the first day's podium. Rivera was once again the strongest at the reduced sprint and crossed the finish line ahead of Brennauer and Fournier, extending her lead on the GC classification.

Day 4 of the competition took the race to the city of Gera and even though the conditions were rainy, the public showed up to cheer for the riders. The flat stage was sentenced to a bunch sprint in which Brennauer could get the reward for her big efforts by taking the victory ahead of Van Dijk and Cecchini.

The fifth day of racing took the riders through a course around Dörtendorf that featured three classified climbs on the Hankaberg and a mountain finish. Crowds once again filled the sides of the road, particularly at the mountaintop, and witnessed Rozanne Slik (FDJ) finish ahead of van Dijk and Malgazorta Jasinska (Movistar). Brennauer took the lead of the overall classification.

The penultimate day of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour was in the city of Gotha and featured a rolling course. Canyon-SRAM's Alice Barnes was part of the day's breakaway along with her teammate Cecchini. She attacked with eight kilometres to go and managed to hold the lead to cross the finish line on her own, while Cecchini won the sprint of the reduced group and moved to the third position of the General Classification.

The last stage of the race was an Individual Time Trial of 18.7 kilometres in Schmölln. The European time trial champion van Dijk was the fastest of the day and was followed by Brennauer, who was only two seconds slower than the Dutchwoman, and ended up winning the overall classification.

Van Dijk got on the second step of the podium while her teammate Lucinda Brand climbed to the third position in the GC after her good performance on the time trial.

By Mary Cardenas