Koppenburg earns first World Tour Podium
Clara Koppenburg completed a fine performance by sprinting to third during Emakumeen XXX. Bira stage 3. The result is the 22-year old’s first individual World Tour podium.
The German rider moves up to fourth in the overall standings after forming part of a 9-rider breakaway group that successfully made it to the finish 2 minutes ahead of the peloton.
“I’m so happy, I can’t believe it,” a delighted Koppenburg said. “I’ve been working hard for such a long time and have waited so long for something like this. It’s good for my confidence and really nice that it paid off.”
Though only 22 years old, Koppenburg is in her fourth year with the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team. Her development throughout the years and experience paid off against a group comprised of world-class riders.
“The group split on the first two climbs and I was dropped but fought my way back to help our leaders. After the bonus sprint, there was a gap and I used my speed to go into the breakaway. We were working well together. On the descents, I always positioned myself in the fourth position, so I could descent well and not waste too much energy. Coming into the sprint, I waited in the last position on Amy Pieters' wheel because I knew she was the favourite to win.”
One stage remains in Bira. The peloton will race 120 kilometres featuring 3 categorised climbs. The top of the final day's ascent will come 12 kilometres from the finish.