Thürig takes first major road victory

Team Raleigh Lifeforce Creation's Karin Thürig won the first stage of La Grande Boucle Féminine from...

Team Raleigh Lifeforce Creation's Karin Thürig won the first stage of La Grande Boucle Féminine from Saint-Gilles-Croix to De-Vie. The Swiss rider was in a break with Emma Pooley (Team Specialized DFW), whom she outsprinted at the end.

It's Thürig's first international victory ever in a road race although she is a two-time World Time Trial Champion (2004 & 2005) and a top former triathlete and two-time duathlon World Champion. She goes into stage 2 Thursday as the leader.

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