BORDER cyclist Taryn Heather has fallen just short of a stage win during the prestigious Thüringen Rundfahrt tour in Germany.
German rider Beate Zanner and Heather, riding for the Bigla Cycling team, broke away from the peloton in the early stages of the 113-kilometre fifth stage of the tour.
But despite a move on the final climb to the finish line in Schmölln she was unable to out-sprint her opponent.
“I didn’t think we would last the entire break so I’m happy to edd up second,” she said after the race
“I tried a little attack on the last climb but she was just the better rider on the day, I knew I couldn’t win a sprint.
“I’ve been sick this week so I’m pretty happy to get second."
The former Holbrook woman, now living in Wodonga, was picked up by the rookie professional team as a specialist time triallist after three seasons with the AIS team in Europe at the start of the year.
The 55-kilogram dynamo spent most of the heatwave summer on an 800-kilometre a week training program to prepare for the European season.
It was Heather's first podium finish for her new Swiss-based team.