Victory for Lucinda Brand at Giro Rosa’s Queen Stage!
Called the “Queen stage” of the Giro Rosa, Stage 8 is one of the hardest of this women’s tour in terms of technicality. But Team Sunweb’s Lucinda Brand isn’t afraid of a challenge. With a heroic break to catch solo lead rider Tetyena Riabchenko and spending 30 km chasing solo, Brand overcame a late-race crash to secure the stage victory by an impressive 12 seconds.
Team Sunweb carefully planned their attack from the peloton on the penultimate climb of the day, unleashing Brand aboard her Langma Advanced SL to hunt down not only the chase group, but Riabchenko who had developed a significant lead. Quickly leaving the chasers behind, Brand settled in on the technical descent and quickly began reeling in the race leader. Brand, who is known for her bike handling skills, took advantage of Langma’s tuned stiffness to find the perfect balance between powerful sprinting and confident descending which put her hot on Riabchenko’s heels.
With 10 km to go, Brand was ready to kick up the pace and seal the deal. Instead, she crashed. Miraculously, she was up on her bike again with only an 8-second gap to the lead. Determined to add a win to Team Sunweb’s list of podium finishes at the Giro, Brand caught Riabchenko. But, she didn’t stop there; she immediately put in the pedals and drew a significant distance between her and second place to ride solo across the finish line.
“We have fought so hard and have been really close to a result all week so it’s brilliant to win today on such a difficult stage,” said Brand. “I knew that the final really suited me with the descent so I knew that I had to go for it. I felt really good all day and on the climb I decided to try to get away and chase the other breakaway riders down. I had great support from the team and Adriaan [Helmantel, team coach] all day so it’s really an amazing victory on one of the hardest stages of the Giro Rosa.”
With only two stages left in the Giro Rosa, Brand moves into 5th in the general classification.
Friday, July 7, 2017