The Tour de France was not the only race with a fantastic atmosphere today. At the top of the famous “Hanka-Berg” in the small Thuringia community Dörtendorf, hundreds of spectators celebrated the cyclists on the second stage of this years Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour. After a contested race where the girls had to ride 4 laps, it was the Canadian rider Lex Albrecht (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) who finally won the stage after being the strongest rider of leading group. It was a close call, but Lisa Brennauer (Canyon Sram Racing) was able to keep the yellow Lotto Thüringen leader jersey.
Dörtendorf, 14th July 2017 (TRF)
Although the weather was not as good, dry but quite cool, many spectators came to Dörtendorf and to the Hanka-Berg so that the 103 riders already experienced a gerat atmosphere when the race started. Four laps were on the schedule today and it was the first time that a stage in the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour ended with a mountain top finish.
Riding up the Hanka-Berg in the first lap, local heroine Beate Zanner (maxx-solar LINDIG Cycling) and Lucy Kennedy (Nationalteam Australia) set a high pace and fight for the win in the Opel-mountain classification. Although Kennedy won the sprint ahead of Zanner, she was then only one point behind the mountain classification leader Tayler Wiles (United Healthcare Pro Cycling). But Wiles collected enough points in the follwing mountain sprints in lap 2 and 3 so that she will also wear the Opel mountain sprint leader jersey tomorrow. After the riders crossed the finish line for the second time a 10 rider breakaway pulled clear of the bunch ans gained an advantage of 1:20min. Trixi Worrrack (Canyon SRAM Racing) and Roxane Kneteman (Nationalteam Netherlands) were best placed in the overall classification, having less than 30 seconds deficit to Brennauer. Worrack additionally gained some bonus seconds in the sprints and was therefore temporary in the virtual yellow jersey. But the bunch came quite close to the leading group at the end, so that Lisa Brennauer still has an advantage of three seconds to the closest contender Amy Pieters (Nationalteam Netherlands). We only habe five riders here and its therefore impossible to control the race all the time. In this respect, the breakaway with Trixi was good for us”, she said. The Austrian national champion Martina Ritter (Drops) tried to escape at the beginning of the race, and although her move was not successful, she was rewarded with the Saalfelder Brauerei jersey for the most active rider. “I’ve tried to made it a tough race from the beginning on. I felt good and just wanted to try to escape so that the other teams need to work and it was successful,” Ritter said satisfied after the race. In the end the breakaway splitter in to several groups. Four riders belonged to the front group and Lex Albrecht was the strongest on the final climb. “I haven’t attacked on the last climb but I followed the attacks and was finally able to pass them on the last steep part of the hill. It was a tough stage again and I’m very happy that I took the win”, Albrecht said after her success. Roy Kasper of the German Nationalteam did a very good and active race and became third on the stage in the end. “I’ve just returned from the Giro Rosa and was in good shape afterwards. I was aiming for a good result in my home country and I’m happy about todays race. A third place in a mountain top finish is great and it’s also nice to have my family here,” she said after the race.
Tomorrows stage will take place in Weimar. Weimar is part of the tour for the first time. After todays stage, it is for sure that the race tomorrow won’t be an easy one. During the 123,4km stage, the rider will go through the Ettersberg twice.
LOTTO THÜRINGEN Leader Jersey Lisa Brennauer (CANYON//SRAM Racing)
WNT Sprint Jersey Amy Pieters (Nationalteam Netherlands)
OPEL Berg Mountain Sprint Jersey Tayler Wiles (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)
Sparkasse Jersey for the Best Young Rider Marta Lach (Nationalteam Poland)
IKK classic Jersey for the Best German Rider Romy Kasper (Nationalteam Germany)
Saalfelder Brauerei Jersey for the Most Active Rider Martina Ritter (DROPS)
Gotha adelt Jersey for the Best Non-Professional Rider (not worn in the race) Marta Lach (Nationalteam Poland)