CCC-Liv Team closed out the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour on a high note, with Marta Lach racing aggressively on the final stage, joining the winning breakaway and finishing the day in fourth place.
In the end, the team collected two podium placings at the six-day stage race in Germany: second place for Pauliena Rooijakkers on Stage 2 and second for Lach on Stage 4 . Rooijakkers also won the overall mountains classification.
Rooijakkers scored the first podium of the week on the 113km Stage 2 in Schleiz. Racing on her Liv Langma Advanced SL team bike, the 26-year-old Dutch rider went for the win and came up just short with the second-place finish behind Italian Marta Bastianelli.
On the next day's Stage 3, a challenging circuit race in Dortendorf, Rooijakkers again showed great form. She went all out on the climbs to collect enough points to take over the black leader's jersey in the mountain classification and then defended it over the following three days.
“Even though we were here with a small team, we achieved a very high level,” said CCC-Liv sports director Jeroen Blijlevens. “We jumped into escapes where possible and helped to color the race. Two podium places and a classification jersey are the well-deserved rewards.”
During Sunday’s final stage in Altenburg, Lach joined the decisive breakaway about 20km into the 102km race. The break eventually settled into eight strong riders, and Lach sprinted to a fourth-place finish.
“We agreed to jump again today with the breakaways,” said Blijlevens. “Marta was second in the points classification prior to the start of the stage and had an interest in the attack. She wanted to take over the jersey and was strong in the intermediate sprints.”
The Polish rider was edged out in the final points classification by Italian Barbara Guarischi, but her second place overall in the sprint category was another solid achievement for the team.