Lisa Klein continued her good form today when she was third in the individual time trial (ITT) stage five at Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour. After winning yesterday’s stage, Lisa said she really had to dig deep on the 17.9km course.
“I was really happy and excited about my win yesterday. The first time that I’ve really crossed the line as the winner. And I have to admit I didn’t sleep so good last night but it was worth it!”
“Today, I had a great warm up on the trainer on my TT bike, I had Ronny (Lauke) giving some great information during the race in the radio, and I was going quite well. It wasn’t an easy course, and for sure I lost some time in the drag that continued after the main climb. In the final 5km I was feeling pretty empty but I definitely gave it my all!”
“I’m not unhappy with third place. I’m satisfied with that result today. I’m also really happy with how my teammates raced the ITT today – they did great!”
The stage was won by Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands national team).
Alice Barnes finished fifth, Elena Cecchini 10th, Hannah Ludwig 11th and Christa Riffel moved to 4th on the GC after her ITT.
“It went well for me. It was a tough one to pace in general with a tough climb to start and then a long descent. Some flat in the middle before some other small climbs and the descent into the finish. In general, I think I judged this quite well and was able to give everything to the finish. I’m happy with my result after some time in the TT bike lately.”
“On that type of course it was really hard to find a rhythm so I went with a team strategy to keep it steady in the first part and push through the second part in the down/powerful section. Looking at the results I think I can be pretty satisfied with my performance. I didn’t spend so much time on my TT bike this year, so it gives me confidence for the next ITT’s.”
“It was a hard TT and also my first one for the season so I didn’t know what to expect but I am really surprised with how it went. I didn’t expect it, because the last 4 days were quite hard already.”