A solo win to Hayley Simmonds (WNT) has forced Lisa Brennauer into second place on the general classification after today’s stage three at the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour in Wiemar. Simmonds made a late attack with 10km to go just after CANYON//SRAM Racing had worked to bring back a seven rider breakaway that had been away for much of the stage. Brennauer finished seventeenth in the sprint for second place, losing 53 seconds to the stage winner. Eugenia Bujak (BTC) was second on the stage.
“I felt good today. Leah and Mieke did an amazing job bringing back the main breakaway before the last climb. Hayley Simmonds made a big move after some attacks had been going and nobody would react straight away. She quickly got a gap and from the top of the mountain it was just downhill to the finish. We didn’t really do a mistake, we just couldn’t follow right at that moment.”
Tomorrow’s stage four is an 18.7km individual time trial (ITT). Brennauer has won the ITT two times in the past three at the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, and is aiming for another top performance.
“We’re looking forward to the ITT and I think after that we will have to see how the situation is and what’s possible on GC. The time gaps are still pretty close so I think everything is possible at this point.”
Tomorrow’s ITT stage is around Schmölln. The first rider starts at 14:00 and the results live ticker can be found here.