Former world champion Lisa Brennauer blasts to time trial victory at Madrid Challenge

German rider defies wind and rain to take stage one victory in the two day Spanish race

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German rider Lisa Brennauer won the opening stage time trial of the Madrid Challenge on Saturday despite wind and rain in the Spanish capital.

The 2014 world time trial champion tackled the 9.3km course in the worst conditions, with darkness gathering and torrential rain, beating Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) by four seconds.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.