Thüringen Tour: Alexandra Manly secures overall victory

Alexandra Manly (Team BikeExchange) won four stages and the GC title at the 2022 Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour
Alexandra Manly (Team BikeExchange) won four stages and the GC title at the 2022 Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour (Image credit: Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour)

Alexandra Manly (BikeExchange-Jayco) won the uphill drag race to the finish line in Altenburg for her fourth stage victory of the week and took the overall crown at the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour.

Marta Lach (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling) finished second on the stage and Silvia Zanardi (BePink) was third. With four podiums across the six days of racing, Lach secured second place in the general classification. Zanardi took fourth on GC, just four seconds off that podium behind third-placed Femke Gerritse (Parkhotel Valkenburg).

The 104.3km final day was filled with attacks, with a small group escaping with 65km to go but the attempt to stay away did not survive. 

“The girls rode on the front all day, they controlled the race, and I just got to sit and be patient and go for it on the final climb and into the finish. I didn’t do much, they just controlled the race for me and I’m so thankful," Manly said.

"I was really just trying to stay focused and keep switched on, so that I didn’t crash or do something silly. My teammates were incredible today, and every day of this week, and I’m just so grateful to them.”

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