Thüringen Rundfahrt: Aubry Attacks, Lepistö Is Fifth
Lotta Lepistö again made her presence felt in Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen by placing fifth on the Queen stage. The result was the Finnish Champion's sixth top ten of the race.
The day was won from a breakaway duo, Katie Hall (US National Team) and Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS).
Coming to the line, Hall proved the strongest to make it two wins in a row for the US national team.
Emilie Aubry represented the Bigla Pro Cycling Team earlier in the day by going into a 7 rider breakaway. The escape got away inside the first 10 kilometres of racing and was caught 25 kilometres from the finish. This sparked a counter attack where Hall and Spratt escaped.
“Today was so hot,” Lepistö commented. “7 riders were in the front group. We caught them 25km to go. Two riders then got away. Spratt made up some time on GC and is now 3 seconds behind me. I lost the sprint jersey to Emma Johannson. She got the one point that was left on the road. Tomorrow will be hard. We do the hanka berg again and I’ll try my best again. The final is downhill so I think it suits me so I'm looking forward to it.”
Lepisto is third in the overall standings after the race reinstated the time of Lauren Stephens (Team TIBCO-SVB) who was involved in a crash on the previous stage.
One day remains in the German race. The stage is over 99 kilometres and is one that could favour a sprint.