Marta Lach, Evy Kuijpers and Pauliena Rooijakkers did not come very close to the podium, but nevertheless they completed solid time trials on Saturday on the fifth day of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour. The victory went to Ellen van Dijk.
The time trial of almost 18 kilometres started with a difficult climb over 4 kilometres, followed by a continuing rolling course. Marta finished the race against the clock in a time of 27 minutes and 52 seconds. It took Evy and Pauliena slightly longer. They clocked a time of 28.41 and 28.44 respectively.
The final stage of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour is on Sunday. Pauliena starts again in the black mountain jersey. Getting through the stage unharmed should be enough to win the mountain classification. Marta is wearing the jersey of the most competitive rider on Sunday.
Photo credits: Cor Vos