Race report

Team DSM’s Liane Lippert climbs to German national road race success

National Championships

After winning the title in 2018, Team DSM’s Liane Lippert claimed her second German road race championships today on a challenging and climb-filled route.

Supported by teammate Franziska Koch, Lippert split the race up on one of the early climbs, catching the lone attacker and forming a group of five out front. Working well together, the group extended their gap and would ultimately fight it out for the win. Using experience that belies her relatively young age, Lippert bided her time and followed the attacks before unleashing a strong uphill kick to claim the win in the sprint; raising her arms aloft in jubilation.

Speaking after the finish a jubilant Lippert expressed: “It was a hard course this year which suited us well. It was a loop of around 12 kilometres and it was kind of a classic style route. There was a climb after two kilometres on the route and I opened the race up really early because we wanted to get rid of the sprinters. In the finish it was a long uphill drag and the last final kilometre got steeper but not steep enough to attack so I focused on the sprint and that went really well. Tactically I think it was a really good race. I rode smart, saved energy when I could and I’m super happy that it then paid off in the sprint. I’m delighted to win the jersey again.”