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by Neal Rogers
July 14, 2017
In today’s Daily News: Bardet takes win atop Peyragudes, Aru takes maillot jaune from Froome; Cromwell continues Canyon-SRAM success in Thüringen with Stage 1 victory; Edmondson first leader in BeNe Ladies Tour after winning prologue; French favoritism? Uran, Bennett docked 20 seconds on GC for illegal feed; Bardet not penalized for same offense; Dan Martin moves into fifth overall at Tour de France; 22 teams announced for Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 12 highlights.
One day after her Canyon-SRAM teammate Lisa Brennauer won the Thüringen prologue, Aussie rider Tiffany Cromwell arrived solo at the finish line of the first stage, continuing the success of the German-registered UCI team.
There was no easing into things in stage one of the 30th Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, with three QOM climbs and three intermediate sprints on the course. There were attacks throughout the stage, but none of the riders got away for long. Ninety kilometres into the stage, there were 50 riders left in the reduced bunch.
Cromwell had a brief stint off the front with Martina Ritter (Drops) and Esther van Veen (Parkhotel-Destil) in the final of the stage, but the trio was brought back at 10km from the finish line.
UnitedHealthcare had also been very active, notably eighth overall rider Tayler Wiles, trying to escape the peloton several times in an attack on the yellow leader’s jersey. Wiles collected enough points to take the Opel Mountain jersey. But it was eventually her former teammate Cromwell who was able to get off the front again in the last kilometre, preventing a bunch sprint and taking a solo win in Schleiz.
Amy Pieters (Dutch national team) took bonus seconds and sprint points in all intermediate sprints. With her third place on the finish line, behind Anna Maria Stricker (BTC City Ljubljana), she secured the WNT sprint jersey – which she already wore by default – and moved up to only a handful of seconds behind GC leader Brennauer.