2015.07.23 - News reporter
An incredible display of teamwork, brilliant team tactics, dogged determination and legs that become stronger day-by-day delivered Emma Johansson to the top step of the overall podium at ThÃ¼ringen Rundfahrt. It is the Swedish national championâ€™s third overall victory at the German Tour.
Johansson started the final day of racing in fourth overall, sitting 30 seconds down on race leader Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM). With nothing to lose, Johansson and her ORICA-AIS teammates raced aggressively from the start of the 99km stage â€“ throwing everything they had at Velocio-SRAM and the other overall contenders.
Twenty kilometres from the finish, Brennauer had popped from the front group. By race end, only Karol-Ann Canuel (Velocio-SRAM) could match Johanssonâ€™s strength over the undulating course. Canual took the stage win ahead of Johansson. Twenty two seconds later, Amanda Spratt beat out Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-SVB), who started the day in second overall, for the final spot on the stage podium. Brennauer came in with the second chase group at 1:26.
Stay tuned for additional details on the Johanssonâ€™s huge coup, stories from the successful week in Germany and more images â€“ coming tomorrow!
Name: Emma Karolina Johansson.
Born: 23 Sep 1983, Sollefteå, Sweden.
Team: Wiggle High5
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