Team Sunweb continued to animate the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour today, once again active in the important breakaways from kilometre zero through to 106 and with Ellen van Dijk taking 2nd place at the line.
Opening the race with attack on attack, Coryn Rivera and Pernille Mathiesen took it in turns to mark Team Sunweb’s presence in the breakaways at the beginning of the race. Both part of two rider moves that were eventually brought back, the duo went on to represent the team in a six rider move that were granted a two minute advantage. As the race approached its business end the peloton soon began to organise their chase, and as the group came within reach Coryn and Pernille once again began to attack the breakaway, with Coryn going forward to stretch out her lead at the head of proceedings.
Coryn held out in the 2 rider late break until one kilometre to go, when the chasing peloton made the catch. Ellen van Dijk put in a huge ride to 2nd on the challenging climb to the finish, after another solid effort from the team throughout the day.
Ellen said: “Today was another great day from the team. We wanted to be aggressive and create chances to take time time in GC. Pernille did a great job in setting up attacks, she was super strong after a hard start into this week for her. Coryn bridged to the move that stayed away and that was a great situation for us. The break was falling apart because of attacks from our girls. I really hoped that they could stay away, but the lap made it too easy to chase. Only on the final climb we caught Coryn back which was a shame after a super strong race from her. The final climb was a steep wall of 1 kilometres long, in the last 100 metres I was battling Rozanne Slik and she was just stronger than me at the finish. I took some important seconds for GC now, so all in all it was a good day. Tomorrow we have one more important stage before we go all out in the TT! I’m looking forward to that.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “Today we started war from kilometre zero, and it was once again a fantastic job from the team. Pernille was the first attacker of the day, followed by Lucinda and then Coryn. On these parcours with wide roads and only one climb it’s not easy to make a hard race but I think we succeeded with that. On the bottom of the final climb Coryn was caught by the bunch and we still managed to put Lucinda and Ellen in the top positions. Ellen took some seconds after finishing 2nd so we are very happy and I think we succeeded in the execution of our plan.”