Johansson sprints to second stage win

Orica-AIS rider extends Thüringen Rundfahrt lead

Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) claimed her second Thüringen Rundfahrt stage victory in Altenburg from a three-rider sprint ahead of Lucinda Brand (Rabobank-Liv/Giant) and Valentina Scandolara (MCipollini Giordana). The trio were part of a decisive 17-rider escape group which further splintered in the stage 5 finale.

Johansson remains in the leader's jersey and extended her advantage to 30 seconds on teammate Shara Gillow while Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-lululemon) moves up to third overall at 1:34.

"It's never easy to win a bike race, but I feel at home on this course," said Johansson. "It's a stage I have won in the past. I like the technical finish, and I think when you enjoy yourself and have fun, it makes the racing a bit easier. You're working with the course instead of against it. It was a good day for us, and I was happy to finish off the team's work with the win."

While the first lap of the Rund um Altenburg was raced aggressively, no breaks were able to establish themselves. That situation changed on the second lap, however, as an escape ultimately totalling 17 riders went clear.

Four riders in the top ten overall had missed the split. Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Giordana), who had started the day in third, was the most notable absence. Specialized-lululemon teammates Ellen van Dijk and Carmen Small, eighth and ninth overnight, were also missing along with Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans).

"The initial gap was fairly small," said Orica-AIS directeur sportif David McPartland. "A few teams had missed out, and they were chasing. In the third lap, one of the bridge attempts was successful. Four riders made it across. Guderzo had initially been with the group that bridged but she cracked before making it to the leaders. We definitely didn't expect that. The group that bridged broke the band, and the peloton finally sat up, allowing the gap to open."

The front group pushed out their advantage beyond the seven-minute mark, with an eight rider chase group ultimately able to trim back their deficit to just over six minutes at the finish. The bulk of the peloton, however, conceded more than 12 minutes on the 100km stage.

The 17-rider lead group would fracture on the final lap with race leader Emma Johansson keen on adding another stage victory to her palmares.

"We had already seen the finish three times before the sprint," said Johansson. "Lucinda Brand attacked, but I went straight to her wheel. She was the first one through the last turn, but I know how I can take that corner to bring the most speed with me. I came out of the corner the quickest, and I sped past to her to take the win."

"The racing this weekend will be hard, especially Sunday's stage," said McPartland. "We're not complacent. A lot can happen in two days, but we came here to win. We're in a great position to continue to put our efforts into accomplishing that goal. Anything beyond that at this point is a bonus."

Full Results
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS2:28:01 
2Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
3Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
4Amy Cure (Aus) Australia0:00:03 
5Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:00:05 
6Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
7Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany0:00:07 
8Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
9Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:00:08 
10Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:09 
11Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS  
12Beate Zanner (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens  
13Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink  
14Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
15Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:00:30 
16Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:00:48 
17Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:01:11 
18Latoya Brulee (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:06:08 
19Taryn Heather (Aus) Australia  
20Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia  
21Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
22Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team0:06:12 
23Esther Fennel (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
24Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon0:06:15 
25Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:06:16 
26Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:12:12 
27Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany0:12:14 
28Natalie Lamborelle (Lux) Bigla Cycling Team  
29Daniela Gass (Ger) Germany0:12:16 
30Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
31Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
32Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia  
33Carolin Schiff (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
34Ashlee Ankudinof (Aus) Australia  
35Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany  
36Benita Wesselhoeft (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens  
37Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Germany  
38Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
39Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
40Ursa Pintar (Slo) Slovenia  
41Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
42Christina Koep (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
43Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia  
44Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
45Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
46Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
47Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda  
48Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
49Spela Kern (Slo) Slovenia  
50Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
51Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
52Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
53Stefanie Paul (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
54Theres Klein (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens  
55Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana  
56Ronja Köckerling (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
57Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
58Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS  
59Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon  
60Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
61Reta Trotman (NZl) Maxx Solar Stevens  
62Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
63Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS  
64Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
65Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank-Liv/Giant  
66Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
67Taylor Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
68Elena Eggl (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:14:08 
69Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
70Petra Zrimsek (Slo) BePink  
71Alenka Novak (Slo) Slovenia0:14:10 
72Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
73Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
74Carla Ryan (Aus) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:14:13 
75Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:14:14 
76Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS  
77Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink  
78Sari Saarelainen (Fin) MCipollini Giordana  
Points
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS10pts
2Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant6 
3Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana4 
Sprint 1
1Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany3pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS2 
3Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana1 
Sprint 2
1Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda3pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS2 
3Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany1 
Sprint 3
1Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team3pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS2 
3Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana1 
Mountain 1
1Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team3pts
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team2 
3Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
Mountain 2
1Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team3pts
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team2 
3Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
Mountain 3
1Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team3pts
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team2 
3Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant1 
Young riders
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant2:28:01 
2Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
3Amy Cure (Aus) Australia0:00:03 
4Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:00:05 
5Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink0:00:09 
6Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:12:12 
7Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda0:12:16 
8Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia  
9Ashlee Ankudinof (Aus) Australia  
10Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Germany  
11Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata  
12Christina Koep (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
13Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
14Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
15Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
16Spela Kern (Slo) Slovenia  
17Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
18Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
19Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
20Theres Klein (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens  
21Ronja Köckerling (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team  
22Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
23Reta Trotman (NZl) Maxx Solar Stevens  
24Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
25Taylor Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
26Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:14:10 
27Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:14:14 
28Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS  
29Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink  
Teams
1Rabobank-Liv/Giant7:24:20 
2Orica-AIS0:00:01 
3Australia0:12:02 
4Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:12:34 
5Wiggle Honda0:12:48 
6MCipollini Giordana0:18:15 
7Specialized-lululemon0:18:21 
8Germany0:24:20 
9Maxx Solar Stevens0:24:24 
10BePink0:28:14 
11Bigla Cycling Team0:30:25 
12Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:30:27 
13Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:32:15 
14Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:36:31 
15Slovenia  
General classification after stage 5
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS11:30:35 
2Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:30 
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon0:01:34 
4Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
5Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
6Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS0:01:47 
7Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany0:02:24 
8Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink0:02:46 
9Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:02:47 
10Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:02:55 
11Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:03:20 
12Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:03:31 
13Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:03:52 
14Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:04:29 
15Amy Cure (Aus) Australia0:05:25 
16Beate Zanner (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens0:05:30 
17Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:07:11 
18Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:07:19 
19Esther Fennel (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:08:35 
20Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team0:08:57 
21Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia0:09:04 
22Taryn Heather (Aus) Australia0:09:10 
23Latoya Brulee (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:10:13 
24Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon0:14:04 
25Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:14:18 
26Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:14:33 
27Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon0:14:36 
28Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda0:14:39 
29Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany0:14:44 
30Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon0:15:10 
31Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:15:26 
32Taylor Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:15:31 
33Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:15:44 
34Reta Trotman (NZl) Maxx Solar Stevens0:15:45 
35Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:16:04 
36Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia0:16:12 
37Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana  
38Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:16:25 
39Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:16:49 
40Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK0:16:54 
41Ursa Pintar (Slo) Slovenia0:17:45 
42Carolin Schiff (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:18:07 
43Spela Kern (Slo) Slovenia0:18:09 
44Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany0:18:12 
45Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS0:18:35 
46Ashlee Ankudinof (Aus) Australia0:19:02 
47Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:19:03 
48Daniela Gass (Ger) Germany0:22:11 
49Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:23:35 
50Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:24:36 
51Sari Saarelainen (Fin) MCipollini Giordana0:26:00 
52Ronja Köckerling (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:26:50 
53Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:27:17 
54Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:27:27 
55Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink0:28:27 
56Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK0:29:35 
57Carla Ryan (Aus) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:29:47 
58Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:30:22 
59Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:31:29 
60Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:33:38 
61Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:33:46 
62Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:34:31 
63Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Germany0:34:40 
64Stefanie Paul (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:34:45 
65Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia0:35:52 
66Alenka Novak (Slo) Slovenia0:37:58 
67Christina Koep (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:38:23 
68Petra Zrimsek (Slo) BePink0:41:01 
69Natalie Lamborelle (Lux) Bigla Cycling Team0:41:34 
70Benita Wesselhoeft (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens0:42:28 
71Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:42:46 
72Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS0:44:45 
73Theres Klein (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens0:50:02 
74Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:50:59 
75Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS0:52:24 
76Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:53:59 
77Elena Eggl (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:56:19 
78Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team1:02:43 
Points classification
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS50pts
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant23 
3Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana11 
4Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon10 
5Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team9 
6Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant6 
7Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 
8Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana6 
9Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany5 
10Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team3 
11Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda3 
12Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia3 
13Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda2 
14Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
15Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS1 
16Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
Mountains classification
1Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team29pts
2Andrea Graus (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team8 
3Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Germany7 
4Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team6 
5Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda4 
6Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3 
7Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda3 
8Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana3 
9Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia2 
10Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS1 
11Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
12Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
13Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant1 
14Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team1 
Young riders classification
1Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team11:32:09 
2Georgia Williams (NZl) BePink0:01:12 
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:01:13 
4Amy Cure (Aus) Australia0:03:51 
5Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:05:37 
6Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda0:13:05 
7Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:13:52 
8Taylor Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:13:57 
9Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:14:10 
10Reta Trotman (NZl) Maxx Solar Stevens0:14:11 
11Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia0:14:38 
12Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:15:15 
13Spela Kern (Slo) Slovenia0:16:35 
14Ashlee Ankudinof (Aus) Australia0:17:28 
15Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:22:01 
16Ronja Köckerling (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:25:16 
17Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:25:43 
18Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:25:53 
19Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink0:26:53 
20Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:29:55 
21Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:32:04 
22Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team0:32:57 
23Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Germany0:33:06 
24Christina Koep (Ger) Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:36:49 
25Julia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:41:12 
26Theres Klein (Ger) Maxx Solar Stevens0:48:28 
27Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS0:50:50 
28Marissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:52:25 
29Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team1:01:09 
Teams classification
1Orica-AIS34:34:53 
2Rabobank-Liv/Giant0:06:13 
3Wiggle Honda0:16:24 
4Australia0:19:04 
5Specialized-lululemon0:19:34 
6MCipollini Giordana0:22:37 
7Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:25:56 
8Germany0:31:56 
9Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:43:32 
10Slovenia0:48:58 
11Koga Ladies Central Rhede Fachklinik Dr. Herzog Cycling Team0:50:24 
12Cyclelive Plus Zannata0:51:16 
13BePink0:58:23 
14Maxx Solar Stevens1:00:35 
15Bigla Cycling Team1:07:54 

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