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January 29/13 10:11 am - Ladies Tour of Qatar Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 01/29/13

The Ladies Tour of Qatar started with an eventful first stage. The twenty strongest riders managed to break away in the last third of the stage. With just under ten kilometres to go, four powered to the lead including Australia's Chloe Hosking. In Mesaieed, the Hitec Products UCK rider sprinted to her first stage success in Qatar. Hosking captures the first Golden jersey of this 5th edition after finishing best young rider of the 2012 Tour.

88 riders at the start. Dry and windy

In perfect conditions for a cycling race, the 88 riders of the 5th edition of the Ladies Tour of Qatar took off this morning in front of the splendid Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha. Facing the wind, the pack remained bunched during the first half of the stage. At km 35.5, two–time event winner (in 2009 and 2010) Kirsten Wild (SKI) claimed the first bonus sprint ahead of Gilmore (WHT) and Tagliaferro (MCG). The packed bunch covered 36.8kms in the first hour.

As the wind started blowing sideways on the pack, several riders failed to keep up with the pace. At km 55, twenty riders powered away while former World champion Giorgia Bronzini (WHO) was left stranded behind. At the second intermediate sprint (km 65), won by Johansson (GEW) in front of Hosking (HPU) and Cromwell (GEW), the front group could enjoy a 27 sec lead. The gap started growing as the kilometres went by: 55 sec on the Bronzini group and 1:45 on the main pack at km 70, and then 2 sec with 15kms to go.

At km 85, three riders managed to break away: Hosking, Elvin (GEW) and Brennauer (SLU). They were soon to be caught by de Vocht (RBW). The four escapees managed to stay put all the way to the finish line in Masaieed. Accustomed to battling it out in bunched sprints, Hosking powered to her first stage success in Qatar, outsprinting Elvin and Brennauer to the line.

The Aussie captures the overall lead and the first Golden jersey of this edition. With three stages to go, Hosking has a 6 sec lead over Elvin and also leads the points and best young rider standings that she had won last year.


Jasmin Glaesser  in her first race with Team TIBCO-to the Top finished 56th at 1:55 back.


Stage 1 : Museum of Islamic Art to Mesaieed, 97kms
1 Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products UCK) 2:23:51
2 Gracie Elvin (Orica - AIS)
3 Lisa Brennauer (Specialized - lululemon)
4 Liesbeth De Vocht (Rabo Women Cycling Team) all s.t.
5 Marta Tagliaferro (Mcipollini Giordana) 0:10
6 Kirsten Wild (Team Argos - Shimano)
7 Simona Frapporti (BEPINK)
8 Shelley Olds (Team TIBCO-to the Top)
9 Emma Johansson (Orica - AIS)
10 Elen van Dijk (Specialized - lululemon)
11 Valentina Scandolara (Mcipollini Giordana)
12 Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda)
13 Trixi Worrack (Specialized - lululemon)
14 Lauren Kitchen (Wiggle Honda)
15 Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products UCK)
16 Stephanie Pohl (German National Team)
17 Katie Colclough (Specialized - lululemon)
18 Tiffany Cromwell (Orica - AIS) all s.t.
19 Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO-to the Top) 0:20
20 Amy Pieters (Team Argos - Shimano) 0:46
21 Thalita de Jong (Rabo Women Cycling Team) 1:55
22 Li Na Shi (China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling)
23 Elena Cecchini (Italian National Team)
24 Giulia Donato (BEPINK)
25 Jessie Druyts (Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer)
26 Pascale Jeuland (French National Team)
27 Sara Grifi (Mcipollini Giordana)
28 Xiu Jie Jiang (China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling)
29 Emily Collins (Wiggle Honda)
30 Kelly Druyts (Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer)
31 Barbara Guarischi (Italian National Team)
32 Dong Yan Huang (China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling)
33 Fan Li Shen (China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling)
34 Carmen Small (Specialized - lululemon)
35 Audrey Cordon (French National Team)
36 Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling)
37 Alena Amialiusik (BEPINK)
38 Marion Rousse (French National Team)
39 Lang Meng (China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling)
40 Rebecca Talen (Rabo Women Cycling Team)
41 Lucinda Brand (Rabo Women Cycling Team)
42 Béatrice Bartelloni (Wiggle Honda)
43 Malgorzata Jasinska (Mcipollini Giordana)
44 Iris Slappendel (Rabo Women Cycling Team)
45 Anna van der Breggen (Dutch National Team)
46 Martine Bras (Dutch National Team)
47 Thea Thorsen (Hitec Products UCK)
48 Claudia Hausler (Team TIBCO-to the Top)
49 Chantal Blaak (Team TIBCO-to the Top)
50 Charlotte Lenting (Dutch National Team)
51 Emilia Fahlin (Hitec Products UCK)
52 Loren Rowney (Specialized - lululemon)
53 Janneke Kanis-Busser (Team Argos - Shimano)
54 Elke Gebhardt (Team Argos - Shimano)
55 Kim De Baat (Dutch National Team)
56 Jasmin Glaesser (Team TIBCO-to the Top)
57 Valentina Carretta (Mcipollini Giordana)
58 Susanna Zorzi (Italian National Team)
59 Noemi Cantele (BEPINK)
60 Charlotte Becker (Team Argos - Shimano)
61 Silvia Valsecchi (BEPINK)
62 Jessie MacLean (Orica - AIS)
63 Amanda Spratt (Orica - AIS)
64 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Italian National Team)
65 Loes Gunnewijk (Orica - AIS)
66 Roxanne Knetemann (Rabo Women Cycling Team)
67 Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda)
68 Tatiana Guderzo (Mcipollini Giordana)
69 Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Wiggle Honda) all s.t.
70 Nel de Crits (Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer) 9:17
71 Mélanie Bravard (French National Team)
72 Melodie Lesueur (French National Team)
73 Doris Schweizer (BEPINK)
74 Lisa Küllmer (German National Team)
75 Annelies Visser (Dutch National Team)
76 Sarah Scharbach (German National Team)
77 Anna Barensfeld (Team TIBCO-to the Top)
78 Arianna Fidanza (Italian National Team)
79 Chiara Vannucci (Italian National Team)
80 Marlen Jöhrend (Team Argos - Shimano)
81 Mieke Kröger (German National Team)
82 Madeleine Ortmüller (German National Team) all s.t.
83 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Dutch National Team) 16:13
84 Tone Hatteland Lima (Hitec Products UCK) 20:32
85 Eline de Roover (Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer)
86 Roxane Fournier (French National Team)
87 Tessa de Moyer (Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer)
88 Anisha Vekemans (Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer) all s.t.


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