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After 663 kilometers and seven stages completed, Elena Cecchini triumphantly rolled across the finish line in Gera, Germany to achieve the biggest win of her racing career. The young Italian won Thüringen Rundfahrt with an authoritative margin of three minutes over second place finisher Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS).
Although Cecchini entered the final stage with a comfortable lead, the race was marked by frequent attacks and numerous breakaways. But her team valiantly protected the GC leader. “We stayed together almost all of the race and they all did something special and unbelievable,” Cecchini said of her CANYON//SRAM teammates who aided her efforts. “This win means a lot for me and for the team. All of our hard work and team spirit has finally paid off.” Cecchini went on to say, “Ronny (Team Manager of CANYON//SRAM Racing) told us our strength today was to stick together, because no on in the peloton could beat the four of us if put our energies together!”
Over the coming days Cecchini can celebrate and enjoy some well-earned recovery time before racing again this Sunday in Paris at La Couse by Le Tour de France.