Emma Johansson won the opening stage of Thüringen Rundfahrt and pulled on the race leader’s yellow jersey. On Sunday, she finished off a hard week of work well done as she clinched the overall title of the seven day German tour. ORICA-AIS dominated the race from start to finish, keeping the yellow jersey throughout the entire tour and winning three stages, the points classification and the team classification.
“It’s been a whirlwind week. Emma won. Shara [Gillow] was second. Spratty [Amanda Spratt] was sixth. Emma won the points jersey. We won the team class. Just rewards for the way they rode all week. The girls deserve this success. Sometimes we go through a quiet patch where we don’t many results and then bam! – we have a week like this.” - Sport Director Dave McPartland
“We took yellow on the first day, and we had to work hard to keep it. I had to go for bonus sprints, and the time trial was hard because it wasn’t my type of course. The team was so good. Without a strong team, I could never do seven days in the jersey. All the credit goes to the girls and the staff who worked so hard to keep me in it all week." - Emma Johansson