Lucinda Brand, 32, completed the Tour of Switzerland when she opened it: by winning a stage. Above all, the brand is also the overall winner. She was destined for a sprint race with leader Kristen Faulkner (BikeExchange), but the American slipped in the last hectometer.
Lucinda Brand had to make up for 4 seconds in the standings over Kristen Faulkner in the final stage.
Brand sped away to Linz before the final climb and lured the yellow jersey out of her tent.
In the pouring rain, Faulkner turned out to be the better climber and rode to Brand, but was unable to free the Dutch.
The brand started the sprint in the very technical final stage and Faulkner fell back – with only a 29-year-old pro and so young in this peloton.
Thus, it came as a shock, but Brand made the most of her experience and skills in the field.
Faulkner finished in 15 seconds, but lost her overall win – wearing the number 13.
|The final result:|
|1.||Lucinda Brand (Ned)||At 7:52’46”|
|2.||Kristen Faulkner (USA)||at 17 inches|
|3.||Paulina Roijakkers (Ned)||1’19”|
|4.||Brody Chapman (Australia)||2’39”|
|5.||Jolanda Neff (Zoe)||3’01”|
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