Norsgaard digs deep up Hanka-berg, takes 6th as she concedes yellow
28 May 2021

Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour (st. 4)

Danish champion now 3rd overall, behind Brand (TFS) and day's winner Kopecky (BEL), following yet another perfect piece of teamwork from her five Blue team-mates.lección de trabajo en equipo de sus cinco compañeras de Movistar Team.

Emma Norsgaard (Movistar Team) again squeezed her physical ability to the limit during Friday’s crucial stage of the 2021 Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, a four-lap circuit (101km) in Dörtendorf with the finishing climb of the Hanka-berg, 1.2km at 8% with several doble-digit slopes which marked the biggest challenge for the young Dane so far in this race.

Biannic and Gutiérrez leading the bunch during stage four. (c) Arne Mill / Photo Gomez Sport

The 21-year-old from Silkeborg was again supported perfectly by her five team-mates. Guarischi, Teruel, Gutiérrez, Oyarbide and Biannic today had to fight against a strong leading group, including Kristen Faulkner (TIB), whose GC situation – less than half a minute behind Norsgaard – made the Blues extra cautious. The American was eventually caught at the foot of the last climb.

Guarischi protecting Norsgaard. (c) Arne Mill / Photo Gomez Sport

The brutal uphill sprint saw Lotte Kopecky (BEL) winning ahead of the new race leader, Lucinda Brand (TFS), with Emma into a second group in 6th place, six seconds down on the four ahead. The GC remains wide open, with Brand, Kopecky and Norsgaard within only six seconds heading into the weekend’s stages.

The under-23 jersey Norsgaard will wear as of Saturday. (c) Arne Mill / Photo Gomez Sport

Though with a less difficult finish, Saturday’s stage five circuit in Weimar will take the riders twice over a tough slope in Ottstedt, 800m at 9% to be last crested with 12km to go. Another burden – after a long stage, 140km – to test Norsgaard’s determination in a race where both the ‘Rocket’ and her Movistar Team are giving everything to succeed.

Cover picture (c): Arne Mill / Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 25 - 30 May

Thüringen Tour GER

(4th Stage) Dörtendorf (101 km)
  1. 01 Lotte Kopecky Liv Racing 2h29'43"
  2. 02 Lucinda Brand Trek-Segafredo "
  3. 03 Liane Lippert Team DSM "
  4. 06 Emma Norsgaard Movistar Team +6"
  5. 57 Aude Biannic Movistar Team +1'58"
  6. 61 Sheyla Gutiérrez Movistar Team +2'20"
  7. 69 Lourdes Oyarbide Movistar Team +7'51"
  8. 70 Alba Teruel Movistar Team "
  9. 83 Barbara Guarischi Movistar Team +10'35"
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  1. 01 Lucinda Brand Trek-Segafredo 11h30'07"
  2. 02 Lotte Kopecky Liv Racing +2"
  3. 03 Emma Norsgaard Movistar Team +6"
  4. 39 Aude Biannic Movistar Team +8'43"
  5. 53 Lourdes Oyarbide Movistar Team +15'53"
  6. 57 Sheyla Gutiérrez Movistar Team +17'44"
  7. 82 Alba Teruel Movistar Team +36'35"
  8. 83 Barbara Guarischi Movistar Team +37'41"
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