A quiet day for ORICA-AIS on the opening stage of Thüringen Rundfahrt

Fri 15 Jul 2016

The 29th edition of Thüringen Rundfahrt opened with a short 67kilometre circuit stage finishing with a bunch sprint.

ORICA-AIS's highest place finisher was Dutch time trial champion Annemiek Van Vleuten sprinting into 22nd place to finish one second behind the stage winner Marianna Vos (Rabo-Liv).

With overall ambitions a key goal, the team limited their losses today finishing safety and still with in contention and  heading into the more challenging stages.

"It was one of those uneventful stages," explained sport director Martin Barras. "The highlights were the intermediate sprints and the Queen of the mountain sprints." 

"There was very little attacking throughout the stage with everybody too fresh, chasing things down, roads were too wide and everything was just too quick.

"For us it was a quiet day at the office, we didn't show any of our tour intentions or play any of our cards today. Before the stage the plan was for the girls to be opportunistic, if there were any good moments to seize them but there wasn't many opportunities within the a short stage.

"The finish was actually quite technical, we expected it would be a good finish for Vos and true to form she won the stage. 

"Tomorrow is the same stage as last year were Amanda Spratt made the break, it was a small break but nevertheless a significant break and it started the race properly. 

"The tour is a race that builds itself, and I think each day the stages will have more opportunities and by the final three stages is when this race will be the hardest." 

How it happened:

Many of the world's best riders took to the start in Germany for another edition of Thüringen Rundfahrt.

The seven day race began proceeding with a short, sharp 67kilometres race. During the first half of the stage riders tried to get away but with a fresh peloton no willing to take the risk on such a short stage, the bunch remaining in tact.

With intermediate sprints and mountain primes up for grabs there were continuous surges within the bunch with certain riders going for early bonus seconds to kick off their classification campaigns.

Taking only one hour and 40minutes to complete the stage the peloton set themselves up for a bunch sprint, and on a technical finish, Vos proved the fastest for day one of the tour. ORICA-AIS look to kick off the tour and classification on tomorrow's more challenging stage two.

Thüringen Rundfahrt stage one results:

1. Marianne Vos (Rabo-LIv) 1:40:47

2. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram) +0:01

3. Coryn Rivera (UHC) ST

22. Annemiek Van Vleuten (ORICA-AIS) ST

 General classification after stage one:

1. Marianne Vos (Rabo-LIv) 1:40:37

2. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram) +0:05

3. Lotta Lepisto (Cervlo-Bigla) ST

23. Annemiek Van Vleuten (ORICA-AIS) +0:11