CANYON//SRAM Racing’s Lisa Klein finished the Boels Ladies Tour with third place on the general classification.
Klein’s third place in the UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race came after yesterday’s finale in Arnhem. The final stage was young by 20-year-old Chiara Consonni (Valcar) from a reduced bunch sprint. Christine Majerus (DLT) won the overall, with Lorena Wiebes second, and Lisa Klein in third place.
“In the last stage I was suffering like hell! Coming into the final it was such a tough race and there were a lot of moments where I thought I couldn’t keep going. I am so happy I could make it. The girls helped me so much this week. They were always supportive and this makes me feel grateful for each of my teammates and their efforts,” said Lisa Klein after the finish.
“Kasia helped lead me out in the sprint; she’s super strong in this and not just in climbing! I tried to do my best sprint, but I was eighth and Lorena took some bonus seconds so that meant I finished third in the overall. I had my first WorldTour stage win and then to get a WorldTour GC podium, it’s unbelievable and a great way to finish my last race with the team for 2019. It also gives me a lot of confidence for the road world championships coming up!”
Read the reactions from each of the other riders after the Boels Ladies Tour below.
“I had good days and bad days but overall I am happy with how my tour went. We had big ambitions going into this week and with our commitment and team cohesiveness we could achieve it. It was a nice way to finish my final stage race of the year.”
“The tour was super hard, but I am satisfied because of our team effort. I especially enjoyed when we took responsibility and created a situation where we could dominate and win a stage.”
“We worked well together and we were rewarded with Lisa on the GC podium. I am also happy how I raced the tour. I tried to be present in the front and I could do that. For me, in the dutch style of racing, it was a big step forward. That gives me another reason to be happy about this tour.”
“So after GP Plouay last weekend, I felt better day by day here. I did my best to support the girls and give them as much as I have in my tank now. It wasn’t much and I really hoped I could have done better but I couldn’t. I have to take the good and will keep working on the things I need to improve.”
“The girls are amazing. They’re so strong and it’s inspiring to see and to be a part of this team! They all give their best and showed everyone that we are hungry for wins and we have a lot of different cards to play. I feel proud and thankful to race with them and the whole crew here.”
“It’s been a pretty hard week for me. I have found myself in a helper role that made me feel so happy and confident! I had an opportunity to ride hard for my teammates especially Lisa who is in excellent shape!”
“We have learnt so much about racing and each other’s strengths in the last few days! We would fall but we would also stand up and fight for our dreams which made me feel super inspired and motivated throughout the entire tour!”
“I feel super tired now, but also very satisfied! I believe that this race helped me in my preparation towards world championships and importantly we managed to help Lisa get on the podium!”
“I came into the tour hoping for a chance in the sprints but with a bit of illness before I travelled I didn’t feel confident in this, so I was happy to put everything into a result for the team and Lisa’s GC ambitions.”
“I feel we can be happy with the overall race as a team with a stage win and GC podium. We have a lot of positives to take away but still something we can work on to be even stronger.”