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February 2/16 9:56 am - Ladies Tour of Qatar: Stage 1, Kirchmann and Ewart finish in bunch

Posted by Editoress on 02/2/16

Kirchmann & Ewart Finish with Leaders on Day 1 of Qatar

Two years after last winning the Ladies' Tour of Qatar, Kirsten Wild returned in the same triumphant fashion. The Dutch rider claimed the 99 kilometre first stage of the 2016 edition. In a final bunched sprint, the four-time winner of the event beat Annaliza Cucinotta (ALE Cipollini) and Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS) to the line. The Hitec Products team leader also took the overall leader's Golden Jersey.  Canadians Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur) and Annie Ewart (UnitedHealthcare) both finished in the bunch.

Ideal conditions with almost no wind welcomed the 90 riders for the start of stage 1 of the eighth edition at Qatar University. After a fairly quiet start heading north, the real action began just before the first intermediate sprint of the day when teams Orica-AIS and Boels-Dolmans powered to the front of the bunch. Eventually the pack broke up into two groups, with 46 riders in the lead. The sprint at km 39 was then to be claimed by Kirsten Wild (HPU) ahead of Chloe Hosking (WHT) and Marta Tagliaferro (ALE) while the dropped riders were 35 seconds adrift. Five kilometres later, the pack bunched up together again.

The situation remained unchanged all the way to the circuit where the next UCI World Championships will be held in October. After covering the first two hours of racing at an average speed of 41 km/h, the second bonus sprint taking place on the exact finish line of the next Worlds (km 90) was won by Chantal Blaak (DLT), beating Hosking and Marta Tagliaferro (ALE).

Well controlled by the strong sprinting teams, the peloton stayed compact until the final run-in to Qatar University. On a slightly uphill straight, Kirsten Wild again showed what a powerful rider she was, making her effort in the last 200m to outsprint Annaliza Cucinotta (ALE) and Lizzie Williams OGE) and capture her 10th stage win in Qatar.

Kirchmann was 61st and Ewart 72nd.  Both Canadians are 13 seconds back, after time bonuses.

Wild takes the overall leader's Golden Jersey with a seven second advantage over Cucinotta and a further two seconds over Williams. The Dutch rider also leads the Points classification, while Arianna Fidanza (ITA) is the Best Young Rider and will wear the Pearl White jersey for Stage 2, from the Sheikh Faysel Museum to the Al Khor Corniche.

ASO report  - edited


Results from the first stage in Qatar

Stage 1: Qatar University to Qatar University, 97 km  
1 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products 2:19:04
2 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini
3 Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica-AIS
4 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
5 Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling
6 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Team Italy
7 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
8 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing
9 Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-AIS
10 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur
11 Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Team Italy
12 Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
13 Roxane Fournier (Fra) Team France
14 Anouska Koster (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team
15 Diana Penuela Martinez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
16 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS
17 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5
18 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
19 Claudia Cretti (Ita) Team Italy
20 Elise Delzenne (Fra) Team France
21 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini
22 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing
23 Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
24 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini
25 Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5
26 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
27 Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5
28 Chloe Mc Conville (Aus) Orica-AIS
29 Yue Bai (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System
30 Kimberley Wells (Aus) Team Australia
31 Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Team Italy
32 Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team
33 Shara Gillow (Aus) Raboliv Women Cycling Team
34 Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Team Australia
35 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
36 Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS
37 Eugénie Duval (Fra) Team France
38 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing
39 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
40 Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini
41 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products
42 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products
43 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
44 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing
45 Yixian Pu (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System
46 Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
47 Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team
48 Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System
49 Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Team Italy
50 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS
51 Anna Stricker (Ita) Team Italy
52 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing
53 Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5
54 Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
55 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products
56 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team
57 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling
58 Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products
59 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5
60 Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products
61 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur
62 Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System
63 Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
64 Shannon Malseed (Aus) Team Australia
65 Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling
66 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team
67 Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing
68 Hayley Simmonds (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
69 Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Team Australia
70 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Team France
71 Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini
72 Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
73 Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
74 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale Cipollini all s.t.
75 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Team Australia 0:17
76 Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Team Australia
77 Coralie Demay (Fra) Team France
78 Eileen Roe (GBr) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
79 Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team all s.t.
80 Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur 0:40
81 Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur s.t.
82 Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur 0:51
83 Xue Sun (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System 1:05
84 Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling 1:07
85 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Team France 1:40
86 Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team 3:14
87 Doris Schweizer SWI Cylance Pro Cycling
88 Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5
89 Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling
90 Qialon Chen (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System



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