Triebes - Greiz, 131km
Hanka Kupfernagel looked shocked, then surprised when it was announced that she is the new leader of the Thüringen Rundfarht. A local of the region, Kupfernagel was second at the 2000 Olympics and is a German National Team rider in this event.
Kupfernagel came in third, behind stage winner, Angela Brodka (AA Drink), another German, which was enough to steal the yellow jersey from Austrian National road and time trial champion, Christiane Soeder (Univega). The bonus seconds on the line were enough to change the General Classifcaiotion.
The race started with the bunch unwilling to push matters in the scorching heat of another afternoon without clouds. The 131km stage from Triebes to Greiz was finally pushed into action by an attack from Kimberly Bruckner Baldwin (T-Mobile), who gained a gap of 3 minutes in the first hour. Emanuela Azzini (Nobili) also made a solo break mid-stage.
By the time the race entered the finish town of Greiz, before heading out on a 25km loop to end the stage, everything was back together again. A hectic sprint into the finish through relatively narrow roads caused no problem for Angela Brodka, as she beat Nicole Cooke (Univega) to the line ahead of a bunch of sprinters. Kupfernagel was third.
Hanka Kuperfernagel : "I am definitely not a sprinter", she laughed "however, I want to wear the yellow leader's jersey for as long as possible in my home region."
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