The seven day German stage race concluded on Thursday with Lauren showing some strong form building through the week.
The rolling terrain and strong start list offered a tough week of racing which served as an introduction to the second half of the season for Lauren.
“I really didn’t know where I was at coming into the week, I was really excited to get back in the peloton after about 6 weeks of training but also nervous to see where my level was”
On arguably to the toughest two stages; stage 3b and stage 6, Lauren placed 6th in both showing strong signs for the coming weeks.
“Stage 3B finished on top of a 300m 14% cobbled climb in the pouring rain, so that was exciting, it was just about fighting as hard as you could to the top of the wall. I was close to the podium but I’m happy with this result, it gives me some confidence moving forward”
“Stage 6, I was in the break from kilometer 5, so it was a big day. We got caught 100k later with 20k to go and immediately 2 girls went away, I think sprinted to 6th, I was happy with this, to be able to sprint after such a long break and over 2000m elevation, :-)”
Lauren is now preparing for La course which is on tomorrow in Paris, she will ride as a key support and lead out rider for super sprinter Kirsten Wild, who was 2nd last year.
La course will be broadcast live from 10pm AEST.