Gilmore takes sprint in Dukhan

Australian beats world champion Bronzini in fast finish

Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto Honda) took victory on day one of the Ladies Tour of Qatar with a perfectly-timed sprint. The Australian pipped Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) in a tight finish, while Chloe Hosking (HTC Highroad Women) rounded out the podium in third place.

After the final sweeping right-hand curve 400 metres from the line, Gilmore found herself well positioned in the slipstream of the world champion Bronzini and then unleashed a devastating burst over the final metres to claim the win and the first golden jersey of the race.

"I picked Giorgia's wheel and just gave it everything in the final 100 metres," a delighted Gilmore said after pulling on the leader's jersey.

She had already served notice of her sparkling form in the day's earlier intermediate sprints, grabbing second place on each occasion, and her morale was high entering the finale in Dukhan.

"I just went out there and contested those sprints," Gilmore said. "I didn't win one, but I felt really good so that gave me confidence for the finish."

Indeed, the intermediate sprints were the highlights of an otherwise tense day's racing, where a combination of high speed and exposed roads meant that breakaway attempts were at a premium.

Some rugged road surfaces and potholes caused a spate of punctures in the opening half of the stage but nonetheless the peloton still covered 41.1km in the first hour of racing, with Italian champion Monia Baccaille and her MCipollini Giordana teammates prominent at the front end of the bunch.

The first sprint came after 39km, and it was the rainbow jersey Giorgia Bronzini who took the three-second time bonus, beating Gilmore in a keenly-fought contest, with Suzanne De Goede (Skil-Koga) picking up third.

Immediately afterwards, the first successful break of the 2011 Ladies Tour of Qatar finally arrived, with Veronica Andreasson (Lotto Honda) slipping clear of the peloton. She quickly opened up a lead of 13 seconds, but once the Dutch and Skil-Koga teams came to the front just a matter of kilometres later to set up the next sprint, her lead tumbled and she was soon brought back to heel.

At the second sprint (54km), Gilmore was again to the fore, and although she would once more have to settle for second place, she picked up sufficient time bonuses to move into the overall lead on the road. Her fellow countrywoman Kirsty Broun took the honours, while Martine Bras (Netherlands) picked up a one-second bonus in third.

After a brief lull, on the run-in to the finish the pace then began to ratchet up accordingly as the sprinters' teams moved to discourage any potential breakaways. Valentina Bastianelli (Vaiano Solaritech) made a valiant attempt to upset the applecart inside the final 20km, but on increasingly exposed roads, her effort was doomed from the offset, with the USA team to the fore in leading the chase.

Garmin-Cervélo's Iris Slappendel jumped clear at the 5km to go mark, but again she was quickly closed down by the bunch, and from there on in, the scene was set for Gilmore and Bronzini's grandstand finish.

Full Results
1Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team2:19:07 
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy  
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women  
4Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women  
5Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo  
6Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands  
7Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
8Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women  
9Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
10Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo  
11Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
12Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss  
13Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo0:00:06 
14Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia  
15Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia  
16Sophie Creux (Fra) France0:00:12 
17Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy0:00:14 
18Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:16 
19Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit  
20Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
21Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy  
22Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo  
23Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss  
24Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
25Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
26Zhao Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
27Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America  
28Emma Mackie (Aus) Australia  
29Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
30Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany  
31Alison Testroete (Can) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
32Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo  
33Fanny Riberot (Fra) France  
34Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
35Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
36Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss  
37Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo  
38Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
39Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
40Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany  
41Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
42Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
43Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands  
44Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America  
45Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
46Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
47Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
48Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia  
49Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
50Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women  
51Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
52Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
53Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
54Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
55Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
56Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
57Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
58Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
59Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
60Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
61Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
62Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
63Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
64Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Honda Team  
65Megan Guarnier (USA) United States of America  
66Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany  
67Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
68Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
69Patricia Schwager (Swi) Nederland Bloeit  
70Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America  
71Christina Becker (Ger) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
72Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Gauss  
73Verena Jooss (Ger) Germany  
74Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
75Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
76Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
77Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany  
78Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
79Irene Falorni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
80Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
81Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
82Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
83Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:00:25 
84Alison Starnes (USA) United States of America0:00:31 
85Emma Trott (GBr) Nederland Bloeit0:00:39 
86Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
87Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
88Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France0:02:39 
89Carmen Small (USA) United States of America0:07:36 
Sprint 1 - Umm Suwaiya Farm , 41.5km
1Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy3pts
2Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team2 
3Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team1 
Sprint 2 - Umm Suwaiya Farm , 57.5km
1Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia3pts
2Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team2 
3Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands1 
Points - Lusail, 104.5km
1Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team15pts
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy12 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women9 
4Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women7 
5Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo6 
6Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands5 
7Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana4 
8Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women3 
9Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team2 
10Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo1 
Young rider
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women2:19:07 
2Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women  
3Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo  
4Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
5Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss  
6Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia0:00:06 
7Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy0:00:14 
8Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team0:00:16 
9Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy  
10Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss  
11Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
12Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America  
13Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
14Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo  
15Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
16Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
17Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo  
18Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
19Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany  
20Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
21Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
22Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands  
23Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America  
24Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
25Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
26Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
27Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
28Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
29Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
30Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
31Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
32Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
33Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
34Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
35Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
36Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
37Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
38Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
39Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
40Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
41Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America  
42Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
43Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
44Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany  
45Irene Falorni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
46Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
47Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
48Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:00:25 
49Emma Trott (GBr) Nederland Bloeit0:00:39 
50Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
51Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
52Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France0:02:39 
Teams
1HTC Highroad Women6:57:21 
2Garmin-Cervelo0:00:06 
3SC Mcipollini Giordana0:00:16 
4Australia0:00:28 
5Italy0:00:30 
6Skil-Koga Cycling Team0:00:32 
7Gauss  
8Lotto Honda Team  
9Netherlands  
10France0:00:44 
11China Chongming-Giant0:00:48 
12Nederland Bloeit  
13Germany  
14USA  
15Vaiano Solaritech  
General classification after stage 1
1Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team2:18:53 
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy0:00:05 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women0:00:10 
4Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands0:00:13 
5Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
6Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women0:00:14 
7Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo  
8Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
9Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women  
10Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo  
11Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
12Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss  
13Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo0:00:20 
14Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia  
15Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia  
16Sophie Creux (Fra) France0:00:26 
17Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia0:00:27 
18Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy0:00:28 
19Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:30 
20Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit  
21Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
22Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy  
23Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo  
24Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
25Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
26Zhao Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
27Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America  
28Emma Mackie (Aus) Australia  
29Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
30Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany  
31Alison Testroete (Can) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
32Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo  
33Fanny Riberot (Fra) France  
34Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
35Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
36Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss  
37Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo  
38Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
39Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
40Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany  
41Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
42Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
43Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands  
44Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America  
45Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
46Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
47Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
48Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
49Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women  
50Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
51Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
52Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
53Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
54Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
55Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
56Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
57Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
58Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
59Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
60Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
61Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
62Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
63Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Honda Team  
64Megan Guarnier (USA) United States of America  
65Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany  
66Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
67Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
68Patricia Schwager (Swi) Nederland Bloeit  
69Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America  
70Christina Becker (Ger) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
71Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Gauss  
72Verena Jooss (Ger) Germany  
73Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
74Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
75Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
76Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany  
77Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
78Irene Falorni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
79Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
80Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
81Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
82Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:00:39 
83Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss0:00:40 
84Alison Starnes (USA) United States of America0:00:45 
85Emma Trott (GBr) Nederland Bloeit0:00:53 
86Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
87Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
88Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France0:02:53 
89Carmen Small (USA) United States of America0:07:50 
Points classification
1Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team19pts
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy15 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women9 
4Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women7 
5Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands6 
6Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo6 
7Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana4 
8Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia3 
9Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team3 
10Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women3 
11Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo1 
Young rider classification
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women2:19:03 
2Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women0:00:04 
3Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo  
4Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
5Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss  
6Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia0:00:10 
7Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy0:00:18 
8Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team0:00:20 
9Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy  
10Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
11Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America  
12Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
13Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo  
14Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
15Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
16Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo  
17Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
18Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany  
19Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
20Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
21Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands  
22Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America  
23Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
24Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
25Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
26Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
27Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
28Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
29Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
30Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
31Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
32Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
33Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
34Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
35Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
36Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
37Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
38Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
39Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
40Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America  
41Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
42Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
43Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany  
44Irene Falorni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
45Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
46Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
47Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:00:29 
48Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss0:00:30 
49Emma Trott (GBr) Nederland Bloeit0:00:43 
50Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
51Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
52Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France0:02:43 
Teams classification
1HTC Highroad Women6:57:21 
2Garmin-Cervelo0:00:06 
3SC Mcipollini Giordana0:00:16 
4Australia0:00:28 
5Italy0:00:30 
6Skil-Koga Cycling Team0:00:32 
7Gauss  
8Lotto Honda Team  
9Netherlands  
10France0:00:44 
11China Chongming-Giant0:00:48 
12Nederland Bloeit  
13Germany  
14USA  
15Vaiano Solaritech  

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