Modesta Vzesniauskaite had to stop racing for nearly one whole year because of an illness, but the Equipe Nürnberger rider has finally recovered and returned to the peloton. In her first appearance in over 11 months, she finished sixth in the GP Brissago Lago Maggiore.
"We are all very happy, that Modesta is back. This appearance after a year's pause was really great," said Sports Director Jens Zemke. The 24 year-old's last race was the GP Alfredo Binda the beginning of April 2007. She was subsequently diagnosed with a virus which proved difficult to combat and which continually forced her to stop training. The Lithuanian rider has been able to train again since the end of 2007.
In the GP Brissago Lago Maggiore her team-mates Edita Pucinskaite and Claudia Häusler finished eighth and eleventh, respectively. Larissa Kleinmann was unable to race due to a cold. Both she and Regina Schleicher, who has a cold, were not able to ride in Sunday's GP Citta' di Cornaredo.