With a powerful push on the final climb in the second stage of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, Pauliena Rooijakkers took a shot at the stage victory on Wednesday. It looked promising, but Marta Bastianelli re-connected and the Italian was too fast for our rider in Schleiz after more than 113 kilometres.
“Pauliena made a very strong impression today. This was also apparent from the jump she placed on the last climb of the day. Only Bastianelli had an answer to that”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
“If you race to the finish line with Bastianelli, you know it will be hard to beat her. But the chasing group had some sprinters who would make it difficult for us if it came down to a group sprint. If you get caught again, you might end up with nothing. Pauliena and Bastianneli worked well together and raced full speed ahead. This was, in this situation, the most feasible for us.”
Marta Lach and Evy Kuijpers rode in the group behind which fought for the third place with Coryn Rivera taking the last podium place. Marta finished 16th and Evy 29th.
Valerie Demey crashed hard on Tuesday in the final of the first stage and went to the hospital in the evening for a check-up. As she didn’t have any fractures, she got on the bike again on Wednesday for the second stage and reached the finish on willpower, despite neck and elbow complaints.
Photo credits: Cor Vos