Lisa Klein has won stage four of Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour earlier today in Gotha, Germany. After Christa Riffel placing fourth on stage one, Elena Cecchini fourth and sixth on stage two and three respectively, the team had been knocking on the door of a podium victory. Klein’s win came from a three-rider breakaway in the queen stage of the six-day tour.
“Many breakaways had been tried before, but at that point, with around 45km to go, I saw a good opportunity and took it. It was a really hard fight but I’m so happy to get this win,” said Lisa.
“This area really is close to where I live. My coach was here today in the race car, my friends were here, also my Mum! I felt some more pressure but in a good way,” said Lisa.
“I felt better today on the climbs. When the attacks were going, we were racing really well as a team. At first I was alone, but Elena (Cecchini) kept telling me to go, then two other riders came across.”
“We worked well together in the front group. The gap went out and we kept pushing. And then to get the win in the sprint. I’m just super happy! I took the entrance into the sprint in the front and it was the right decision,” added Lisa.
The victory also gives Klein the lead in the Sprint Classification with two stages remaining, including tomorrow’s individual time trial stage on Saturday 1 June.
How to follow
Saturday 1 June | Stage 5 | 17.9km ITT around Meiningen | 15:00CEST
Sunday 2 June | Stage 6 | 86.3km around Altenburg | 10:00CEST
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