Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 13, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Another sprint, another victory for Kittel, who takes fifth stage of Tour de France; Brennauer off to winning start in Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour; Tough day at Tour for Astana: Feed zone crash takes out Cataldo as Fuglsang fractures wrist, elbow; Oh-so-close for Bodnar on Stage 11 of Tour de France; Groenewegen keeps improving, finishes second behind Kittel in Pau; Contador struggling to reconcile recurring bad luck at Tour de France; Stranger Tour? Sagan promotes Netflix as he readies to ‘race in the upside down’; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 11 highlights; Video: Backstage Pass with Orica-Scott at Stage 10 of the Tour de France; Video: What’s it like to be a mechanic at the Tour de France?

Brennauer off to winning start in Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour

by Jeanine Laudy

Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) won the 6 kilometre prologue of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Wednesday night in the German city of Gera.

Now in its 30th edition, the Thüringen Rundfahrt was rebranded to the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour for 2017. The race welcomed 18 teams and 108 riders to the start. As one of only two German UCI teams — and the only one taking to the start in this seven-day German stage race — Canyon-SRAM was poised to do well in the race. Tiffany Cromwell and Trixi Worrack even abandoned the Giro Rosa early to start in Thüringen fresh.

For the prologue, riders had to climb 80 metres in the first 3 kilometres, descending 80 metres in the second half. Brennauer opted for an early start, 35 minutes into the stage. She set a time of 8:52, moved into the hot seat and stayed there until the very last rider on the start list, Olga Zabelinskaya (BePink-Cogeas) didn’t manage to beat her time.

Zabelinskaya finished in 9:06, beating European time trial champion Ellen van Dijk (Dutch national team) by three seconds. Amy Pieters (Dutch national team) finished in second place. 12 seconds behind Brennauer.

The Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour continues on Thursday with a 124.8 kilometre stage with start and finish in Schleiz. Along the way, there’s one big climb. The stage contains 1780 altitude metres in total.