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by Neal Rogers
July 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: A Frenchman on Bastille Day: Barguil fights his way to Stage 13 victory at Tour de France; Albrecht takes Stage 2 victory from breakaway at Thüringen; Barnes outsprints Vos to assume lead in BeNe Ladies Tour; UCI race jury reverses 20-second penalties on Uran, Bennett at Tour de France; Fuglsang abandons Tour de France two days after fracturing wrist, elbow; Sagan to return to Tour de Pologne for first time since winning overall in 2011; American teenage phenom Adrien Costa taking leave of absence from pro cycling; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 13 highlights; Video: Inside team meetings at the Tour de France.
Canadian Lex Albrecht (Team Tibco-SVB) soloed to victory Friday on Stage 2 of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, a circuit starting and finishing in Dörtendorf. Race leader Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) crossed the line in tenth place, 28 seconds behind Albrecht, and retained her lead in the GC.
The stage contained three intermediate sprints and three QOM climbs, the classifications led by Amy Pieters (Dutch national team) and Tayler Wiles (UnitedHealthcare) ahead of the stage. Brennauer lined up in the yellow leader’s jersey, but led the GC by only four seconds to Pieters.
Pieters and Brennauer contested the first two intermediate sprints, Pieters edging a little closer to Brennauer in the GC with the bonus seconds she took. The third intermediate sprint was contested by a group of breakaway riders. Across the last QOM climb, on the so called “Hanka Berg,” the peloton split to bits and 10 riders formed a lead group, including Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM), Wiles, Romy Kasper (German National team) and Lucy Kennedy and Shannon Malseed of the Australian National team.
Bizkaia-Durango, Parkhotel Valkenburg and BTC City Ljubljana missed the split and started chasing hard when the advantage of the breakaway went over one minute. They were able to reduce the gap slightly, but with still a minute at eight kilometres to go, the breakaway looked safe to hold it to the line.
Malseed initiated a late-race attack from the break and was joined by Kasper, Ilaria Sanguinetti (BePink) and Marta Lach (Polish national team). They were off the front shortly, but nine from the original 10-rider break got back together and Albrecht took the stage win.
Pieters holds on to her second place overall, and her teammate Roxane Knetemann (Dutch national team) moved up to third in the GC after finishing in fifth place.