American Amanda Miller attacked out of the breakaway on the final lap to win stage 3 of the Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen today. Swedish National Champion Emma Johansson (Hitec Products – UCK) remains in the yellow leader’s jersey with a seven second lead on Amber Neben (HTC-HighRoad).
This marks Miller’s second individual international win this year following her stage victory at the Tour of Wellington in February. Her team also won the team time trial to open up the stage race in Germany.
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HTC-Highroad’s Amanda Miller took the second international win of her career on Wednesday in stage three of Thüringen Rundfahrt. With heavy rain showers hindering communication amongst the riders, the HTC-Highroad women showed great form from the initial break to the finish.
“Adrie [Visser] was in the first break of ten riders in the beginning,” sport director, Jens Zemke recalls, “And eventually another six, including Amanda [Miller] bridged the gap, which stayed at about two minute for the majority of the stage.”
“The break of sixteen was not riding too hard but everyone was working, while Hitec [Products - UCK] controlled the front of the peloton.”
The final twelve kilometers before the finish hosted a series of attacks from all teams in the break, with Miller and Visser “Looking good and riding smart,” said Zemke.
It was a longer stage, and after one hundred forty kilometers the sixteen in the break started a single lap to the finish. The loop welcomed the riders with a few climbs and high-speed corners, the last of which gave Miller a jump on the group.
“With about five hundred meters to go, Amanda attacked out of a hard corner and got a break of about five or ten meters,” said Zemke, “Then she turned it on full gas to the finish, and won ahead of some really strong sprinters [including Armitstead of Garmin-Cervelo] with Adrie Visser in fourth.”
“It was a great result for the team today, and for Amanda.”
This marks the eighty-eighth win of the season for HTC-Highroad, and the fifth win of 2011 for Miller.