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Clara Koppenburg on the attack in Giro Rosa

Clara Koppenburg on the attack in Giro Rosa

Clara Koppenburg on the attack in Giro Rosa

Clara Koppenburg found herself in the day’s main breakaway during stage 5 of the Giro Rosa. As has become accustomed this year, the 22-year-old went on the offensive in a season that has been an impressive one for the German.

Koppenburg was part of a four-rider group that went away within the first five kilometres of the stage.

“Some girls came back to us so that we formed a 12-rider group eventually,” Koppenburg said. “All the big teams were represented. We worked really well together but it was super hard because it was so windy. Even just rolling through was super hard, it was like a 95km TTT because even on the wheel it was hard. We got caught just before the climb because the bunch was chasing really hard from behind.”

Koppenburg continued, “I gave Lotta [Lepistö] a last lift to the front when we were caught and I was done. Most of the girls who were in the break were with me in the grupetto, it shows how hard it was. We had an average speed of 45km/h until the climb. We got through the stage without any problems. Things are great in the team and we’re really looking forward to the next days.”

Stage 6 in the Grand Tour is the first mountaintop finish of the race. The stage will take place from Sovico to Gerola Alta over 116,8 kilometers with a category two climb to the finish line.

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) has a cooling spray applied at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) in the early break at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

The lead group speed through Omegna at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Nicole Hanselmann (SUI) replenishes her drinks from the car at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

The peloton speed across a bridge at the northern tip of the circuit at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

The peloton speed across a bridge at the northern tip of the circuit at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) climbs out of Baveno at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Nicole Hanselmann (SUI) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) approaches the top of the climb at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 5, a 122.6 km road race starting and finishing in Omegna, Italy on July 10, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com