Faulkner sprints to fourth place at GP Oetingen
March 14, 2021
Kristen Faulkner turned heads at the inaugural edition of GP Oetingen, sprinting to a solid fourth place after spending the latter part of the gusty 117km race in the breakaway.
The kermesse-style race was held over 10 laps of 12 kilometers. After a calm start, the peloton blew apart with 50km to go and 18 riders, including Faulkner, broke clear of the bunch.
"I'm really happy with how the race went today," Faulkner said. "However, I still have a lot to work on in terms of strategy. I'm also working on better race communication with my teammates."
Kristen Faulkner leads the breakaway at GP Oetingen. Photo/Anton Vos
On the final lap, Faulkner attacked with Aude Biannic (Movistar) and gained 25 seconds, but the duo was caught with less than 3km to go.
"After the peloton caught Kristen, it was impressive to see her reset, hold on to the group, and use what was left in the tank to sprint to fourth place, " director Rachel Hedderman said.
Tanja Erath moves up in the bunch. Photo/Anton Vos
The high winds, technical route, and large field contributed to several crashes. On the first lap, Diana Peñuela was involved in one that unfortunately took her out of the race with a suspected broken collarbone.
Next up, the team heads to Danilith Nokere Koerse (1.Pro) this coming Wednesday (March 17). GCN Race Pass will show highlights of the race.