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Claudia Lichtenberg fourth overall at Giro Rosa!

Claudia Lichtenberg set a wonderful result at the Giro Rosa! The German rider finished fourth overall. During the entire race Claudia showed consistency, with four top ten positions on the stages, and that resulted in this fourth place.

Megan Guarnier became the overall winner. Evelyn Stevens got second at 34 seconds, while Anna van der Breggen finished third at 1’53”. Claudia is fourth overall at 2’33” of Guarnier. Today Claudia gained one place, this morning she was still fifth. She could distance Mara Abbott far enough to claim the fourth place. Claudia was 26 seconds down on Abbott, but has five seconds advantage in the final classification.

Claudia Lichtenberg: “I’m going home with a positive feeling after ten nice days. I succeeded in gaining one place during the final stage. Everyone was waiting for the last climb for one last attack, but GC leader Megan Guarnier set a very high pace on the climb. No one was thinking of attacking anymore. Everyone just tried to stay in the group. We reached the top with the same riders as the previous days. Elisa Longo Borghini attacked a few times in the downhill in the long corners, that’s a strength of her. Mara got dropped from the group and then I tried to take this chance to jump one place in front of her. You have to grab every chance that you get.”

“It wasn’t possible anymore to achieve a podium place, then I would have needed to take back forty seconds or someone should have had a bad day. The riders at the top of the ranking were all racing on the same level and this is an honest result.”

“I could race on the same level as the best climbers and that’s important to me. This race was a goal in itself, but I’m also working towards the Olympic Games in Rio, which are coming up in less than one month. The fact that I was so strong here gives me confidence. Now I will take a few days rest and then I’ll start training again.”

“It was nice to race with the Lotto Soudal Ladies. There was a really good atmosphere in our team and everyone did her best for me, to take me in a good position to the climbs for example. I want to thank my teammates and the staff. And Dany Schoonbaert of course, our sports director who managed it all so well.”

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