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February 1/12 9:59 am - Tour of Qatar: Stage 1 results

Posted by Editoress on 02/1/12

Report and results from the first stage of the Tour of Qatar

Extremely windy conditions made stage 1 of the Ladies' Tour of Qatar very eventful. After taking off early making the best of the tailwind, 7 riders battled it out for victory  in Al Khor. Netherland's Kirsten Wild sprinted to victory capturing the first overall leader's Golden Jersey of this 2012 event. A perfect start for the winner of the 2009 and 2010 editions.

Stage 1: Camel Race Track-Al Khor Corniche, 97kms.
Very windy

Very strong winds welcomed the 89 riders of the Ladies' Tour of Qatar for stage 1 of the event taking off from the Camel Race Track just outside Doha. Tough but perfect conditions for the women used to windy conditions like the Dutch riders.

Just after noon, the ladies  took off heading north and enjoying a strong tailwind. Rapidly several riders were dropped behind. After only 20 kilometres, 11 riders managed to break away. Shortly after there were only 7 left: title holder Van Dijk, Hosking, Worrack (all SLU), 2009 and 2010 champion Wild (NED), as well as Arndt, Gunnewijk and Rhodes (all GEW).

Behind the pack broke up into several groups and 12 women insisted on chasing including riders such as Bacaille (MCG) and Slappendel (RBW). The gap grew to 40" at the first bonus sprint (km 39.5) won by Arndt ahead of Worrack and Wild.

Meanwhile while the battle continued between the first two groups, the pack including World Champion Bronzini (DPZ) bunched up together again remaining over 5minutes adrift.

The second bonus sprint (km 61) was claimed by Wild in front of Arndt and Worrack while the first chasing group remained 1'30 adrift. After heading back south, the pace slowed down due to the head-wind and the gap between the two groups dropped to 1'10 with 25kms to go and then 55" before the final 20 kilometres.

Eventually as the front seven moved closer to the finish, the gap again increased and went from 1'25 with 10kms to go, to 1'50 5kms from the line. Victory was therefore to be decided between the leading seven ladies.

In the last kilometres Van Dijk tried her luck taking with her Gunnewijk and Wild. But the front group bunched together again for the final sprint. Kirsten Wild eventually flew to victory beating Hosking and Van Dijk to the line and claiming the first stage of this 2012 edition.

Wild will therefore be wearing the overall leader's Golden jersey for tomorrow's stage 2. She also leads the points' standings while Australia's Chloe Hosking is the best young rider and will be carrying the White jersey.

ASO Press release


Stage 1: Camel Track to Al Khor Corniche, 97 km
1 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Dutch National Team 2:16:50
2 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized Lululemon
3 Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized Lululemon
4 Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge - AIS
5 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized Lululemon
6 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Greenedge - AIS
7 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Greenedge - AIS all s.t.
8 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini 2:16
9 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized Lululemon
10 Jessie Maclean (Aus) Greenedge - AIS
11 Regina Bruins (Ned) Skil-1T4I
12 Dongyan Huang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant
13 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini
14 Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Stichting Rabo Women
15 Sarah Düster (Ger) Stichting Rabo Women
16 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women
17 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini
18 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini
19 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge - AIS all s.t.
20 Yunyun Yuan (Chn) China Chongming-Giant 13:45
21 Adriana Visser (Ned) Skil-1T4I 13:52
22 Aude Biannic (Fra) French National Team
23 Shelley Olds (USA) US National Team
24 Li Chen (Chn) China Chongming-Giant
25 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini
26 Martine Bras (Ned) Dutch National Team
27 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-1T4I
28 Latoya Brulee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012
29 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products-Mistral Home
30 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) German National Team
31 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) French National Team
32 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team
33 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012
34 Xin Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Giant
35 Kendall Ryan (USA) US National Team
36 Winanda Spoor (Ned) Dutch National Team
37 Giulia Donato (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara
38 Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dutch National Team
39 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
40 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italian National Team
41 Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil-1T4I
42 Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team
43 Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012
44 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
45 Janine Bubner (Ger) German National Team
46 Audrey Cordon (Fra) French National Team
47 Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products-Mistral Home
48 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) French National Team
49 Samantha Schneider (USA) US National Team
50 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italian National Team
51 Polona Batagelj (Slo) Diadora-Pasta Zara
52 Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara
53 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini
54 Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
55 Lise Nostvold (Nor) Hitec Products-Mistral Home
56 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) German National Team
57 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Dutch National Team
58 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara
59 Froydis Waersted (Nor) Hitec Products-Mistral Home
60 Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Italian National Team
61 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products-Mistral Home
62 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women
63 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara
64 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Italian National Team
65 Nathalie Jeuland (Fra) French National Team
66 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Skil-1T4I
67 Aniska Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012
68 Cherise Taylor (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies
69 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting Rabo Women
70 Melodie Lesueur (Fra) French National Team
71 Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) German National Team
72 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Greenedge - AIS
73 Rebecca Talen (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women
74 Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012
75 Alona Andruk (Ukr) Diadora-Pasta Zara
76 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Team Specialized Lululemon
77 Katie Colclough (GBr) Team Specialized Lululemon
78 Xiaoling Luo (Chn) China Chongming-Giant all s.t.
79 Katrien Van Looy (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 14:00
80 Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) US National Team s.t.
81 Edith Vanden Brande (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012 14:01
82 Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Dutch National Team
83 Tayler Wiles (USA) US National Team both s.t.
84 Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Skil-1T4I 14:04
85 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
86 Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italian National Team
87 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italian National Team all s.t.
88 Johanne Bergseth (Nor) Hitec Products-Mistral Home 14:11
89 Coryn Rivera (USA) US National Team 14:49


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