In an incredible show of power, tactic and determination Lucinda Brand has claimed Team Sunweb’s first victory whilst riding their new, state-of-the-art Liv Langma during stage 8 of the Giro Rosa today.
Dubbed the Queen stage of the Giro Rosa, Team Sunweb’s women’s program set out for a tough day of climbing at stage 8. On the penultimate climb Team Sunweb had four riders inside the first peloton who were able to primely position Lucinda at the head of the bunch. Once in position, Lucinda launched an explosive attack from the peloton to reach both the chaser and breakaway rider. Debuting Liv Giant’s new Langma during the Giro Rosa, Lucinda was not only able to power past the chaser but also bridge the gap to the race leader to take the victory by an impressive 12 seconds. The victory marks the third Giro Rosa stage win of Lucinda’s career and her second victory with Team Sunweb.
“I am really happy with the win,” explained Lucinda after the race finish. “We have fought so hard and have been really close to a result all week so it’s brilliant to win today on such a difficult stage. When you come close all of the time it only makes you more motivated and hungrier for the win. I knew that the final really suited me with the descent so I knew that I had to go for it. I felt really good all day and on the climb I decided to try to get away and chase the other breakaway riders down. I had great support from the team and Adriaan all day so it’s really an amazing victory on one of the hardest stages of the Giro Rosa.”
Team Sunweb’s Giro Rosa coach Adriaan Helmantel added: “Every day we have taken aspects to improve and the team have worked really hard to implement these points into the next stage, so it’s really great that the team’s hard work and focus has been rewarded with a stage win. Today Lucinda was feeling good so we decided that she should go for it. Step by step she closed the gap and even after a crash on the descent she managed to make it to the leader. It was a tough fight with over 30 kilometres out at the front on her own but she did a great job, as did the whole team. It’s a great victory for us all today.”