The weekend of the 30th of May-1st of June offered something for every women’s cycling fan with no fewer than four big one-day UCI races taking place in the Netherlands (Boels Rental Hills Classic and the Marianne Vos Classic), France (Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan) and Belgium (Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik). If multi-stage races are more your thing, there was one of those taking place too: Germany’s Auensteiner-Radsporttage.
Stage 1 was a difficult individual time trial over 12.8km, featuring a 244m climb with some steep sections on the way up before a technical and very fast descent back into Ilsfeld. Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon) completed the parcours in 17’53”, beating second-placed Esther Fennel by 14″; following bonifications, this translated into an overall advantage of 18″ over Fennel and more than a minute over all but four of the remaining riders.
Stage 2 consisted of twelve laps of a 9.1km circuit with a 140m climb on each. Brennauer came up trumps again, crossing the line 2″ ahead of team mate Trixi Worrack, Rossella Ratto (Estado de Mexico-Faren), Reta Trotman (New Zealand NT), Romy Kasper (Germany NT) and Martina Ritter (BTC City Ljubljana). This time, bonifications converted her two seconds into a 33″ advantage in the General Classification over Ritter and 45″ over Worrack.
Ratto won the Mountains Classification with a total of 6 points; Trotman was second with 2 points and Caroline Schiff (Germany NT) was third, also with 2 points. Brennauer also won the Sprints Classification with 6 points; Ratto was second and Worrack third on 4 points apiece. Ratto’s overall time of 3h48’52” made her the victor in the Youth Category.
1 Lisa BRENNAUER (Specialized-Lululemon) 3h47’53”
2 Martina RITTER (BTC City Ljubljana) +33″
3 Trixi WORRACK (Specialized-Lululemon) +45″
4 Rossella RATTO (Estado de Mexico-Faren) +59″
5 Reta TROTMAN (New Zealand NT) +1’15”
6 Tiffany CROMWELL (Specialized-Lululemon) +1’38”
7 Romy KASPER (Germany NT) +2’10”
8 Esther FENNEL (Germany NT) +2’52”
9 Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI (Estado de Mexico-Faren) +3’19”
10 Taryn HEATHER (BTC City Ljubljana) +3’29”