Leah Kirchmann races to third on Stage 3 Time Trial

Leah Kirchmann races to third on Stage 3 Time Trial

Team DSM placed two riders in the top five in the stage 3 individual time trial at the Women’s Tour today with Leah Kirchmann finishing third and Juliette Labous fifth. Coming into the stage in eight place, Labous continued to move up the GC with her strong individual performance to now sit second heading into tomorrow’s fourth stage.

The was mostly flat but with quite a few technical corners and twisting roads to navigate. After a strong showing on yesterday’s stage making the decisive break at the end of the day which propelled her into the top 10, Labous knew a strong time trial would continue to move her up the overall classification.

Kirchmann set a fast time to sit second until the last group of riders from which one rider bested all times so far by a large margin, taking the stage by over a minute and moving into the GC lead. Labous now sits second, one minute and nine seconds behind the race leader. Kirchmann also moves into the top 10, up to seventh while Pfeiffer Georgi sits in 10th place.

“I’m really happy with my time trial performance today,” explained Leah Kirchmann after the stage. “The course was quite technical and always up and down which is well suited to my strengths as a rider. I felt super fast, so just focused on riding technically well and giving myself a lot of positive encouragement. We have three riders now in the top 10 of GC, so the next stages should be fun with different cards to play.”