LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour 2017 contains selective road race and two individual time trials.
Head of the tour Vera Hohlfeld presents the routes of the 30th edition of the LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour 2017 and an illustrated book called 30 Jahre Frauenpower in Thüringen.
The tour will start on the market place in Gera on the 12th July 2017 with a team presentation and a 6.1 kilometer long prologue, that will be hold as an individual time trial.
The first stage is on Thursday the 18th July 2017, when the riders will race a diversified course through difficult terrain around Schleiz. The course is predestinated for attacks and also for attempts of single riders or smaller groups who want to escape form the bunch. Head of the tour Vera Hohlfeld says during the kick off presentation in the STUDIOPARK KinderMedienZentrum that “due to the length of 125 kilometers and the topography of this stage, one could already call it the queen’s stage.”
The small village Dörtendorf, which is mostly known for its identically named and legendary hill, will host a stage for the first time on the 19th July 2017. To the delight of the organizers and numerous fans, the stage will end with a mountain top finish in Dörtendorf, which has only 200 inhabitants and is a district of Zeulenroda-Triebes.
On Saturday, the tour will be in the middle of Thuringia in Weimar, known as city of poets and thinkers, with an 124 kilometer stage that will include the Ettersberg two times and has its start and finish on the Goetheplatz.
Afterwards, the riders will race in a familiar city again, as Schmölln was often part of the tour in the last couple of years. The women will ride an individual time trial there and besides this, the annually held amateur race, which is part of the Ladies Tour, will occur here.
Following the time trial on Sunday, the tour takes a stop in Greiz, former place of residence of the Prussians, where the riders definitely have to expect one of the toughest stages of this years tour. The route also goes along the Osterburg in Weida, where the sprinters can fight for some points for the sprint classification.
The challenging edition of the tour will end in Gotha on the 18th July 2017 with a 84 kilometer race, more specific with two laps identical laps where the riders will pass Waltershausen, Weingarten and Sonneborn. Although the last stage seems to be quite short, it wouldn’t be surprising if it would turn the scale.
The stages of the 30th LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour 2017:
Prologue Individual Time Trial Rund um Gera 12.7.2017 6,1 km
1st Stage Rund um Schleiz 13.7.2017 124,8 km
2nd Stage Rund um Dörtendorf 14.7.2017 102,9 km
3rd Stage Rund um Weimar 15.7.2017 124,0 km
4th Stage Individual Time Trial Rund um Schmölln, 16.7.2017 18,7 km + Amateur Individual Time Trial
5th Stage Rund um Greiz 17.7.2017 108,3 km
6th Stage Rund um Gotha, 18.7.2017 84,4 km
Besides the presented stages, another highlight was the presentation of the leader jerseys, six in number plus a special appreciation jersey
– The yellow LOTTO Thüringen leader jersey of the leader of the general classification
– The blue WNT sprint jersey
– The red Sparkasse jersey for the best young rider
– The white and blue IKK classic jersey for the best German rider
– The green Saalfelder jersey for the most aggressive rider
– The Gotha adelt jersey for the best amateur rider
Vera Hohlfeld proudly presented the ‘prototype’ of the illustrated book called 30 Jahre Frauenpower in Thüringen following the presentation. “We have a lot of women racing through Thuringia during the summer since 30 years. It all started with a comparison between countries in 1986, followed by the DDR-Rundfahrt (1987-1989) and eventually by the Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen (1992-2016). The tour has a new name and is from now on called LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour, presenting the new main sponsor of the race. After 30 years in the business, most of the time as a rider and now as head of the tour, its time to publish the story of this tour. At the same time, this illustrated book is a thank-you to everyone related to the tour, participants, volunteers and cycling fans in all host cities and those along the routes.”
The illustrated book, which is published by the Druckmedienzentrum Gotha shall come punctual to the start of this years tour on the 12th July 2017.