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Ladies Tour of Qatar 2011

Date range:
February 2- 4, 2011

February 02, Stage 1 : Camel Race Track - Dukhan 104.5km

Gilmore takes sprint in Dukhan

By:
Barry Ryan
Published:
February 02, 2011, 15:45 GMT,
Updated:
February 03, 2011, 1:32 GMT

Australian beats world champion Bronzini in fast finish

Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto Honda) sprinted to victory ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) and Chloe Hosking (HTC-HighRoad) ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) and Chloe Hosking (HTC-HighRoad)

Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto Honda) sprinted to victory ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) and Chloe Hosking (HTC-HighRoad) ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) and Chloe Hosking (HTC-HighRoad)

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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
1 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team 2:19:07  
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy    
3 Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women    
4 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women    
5 Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo    
6 Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands    
7 Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
8 Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women    
9 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
10 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo    
11 Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
12 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss    
13 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo 0:00:06  
14 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia    
15 Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia    
16 Sophie Creux (Fra) France 0:00:12  
17 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy 0:00:14  
18 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:16  
19 Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit    
20 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
21 Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy    
22 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo    
23 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss    
24 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany    
25 Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
26 Zhao Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
27 Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America    
28 Emma Mackie (Aus) Australia    
29 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands    
30 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany    
31 Alison Testroete (Can) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
32 Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo    
33 Fanny Riberot (Fra) France    
34 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech    
35 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team    
36 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss    
37 Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo    
38 Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France    
39 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
40 Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany    
41 Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
42 Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
43 Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands    
44 Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America    
45 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy    
46 Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
47 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
48 Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia    
49 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women    
50 Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women    
51 Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands    
52 Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
53 Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss    
54 Aude Biannic (Fra) France    
55 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy    
56 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy    
57 Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
58 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
59 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
60 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
61 Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
62 Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands    
63 Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
64 Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Honda Team    
65 Megan Guarnier (USA) United States of America    
66 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany    
67 Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France    
68 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss    
69 Patricia Schwager (Swi) Nederland Bloeit    
70 Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America    
71 Christina Becker (Ger) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
72 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Gauss    
73 Verena Jooss (Ger) Germany    
74 Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
75 Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands    
76 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia    
77 Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany    
78 Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
79 Irene Falorni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
80 Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
81 Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
82 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Highroad Women    
83 Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech 0:00:25  
84 Alison Starnes (USA) United States of America 0:00:31  
85 Emma Trott (GBr) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:39  
86 Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech    
87 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia    
88 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France 0:02:39  
89 Carmen Small (USA) United States of America 0:07:36  
Sprint 1 - Umm Suwaiya Farm , 41.5km
1 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy 3 pts
2 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team 2  
3 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team 1  
Sprint 2 - Umm Suwaiya Farm , 57.5km
1 Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia 3 pts
2 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team 2  
3 Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands 1  
Points - Lusail, 104.5km
1 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team 15 pts
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy 12  
3 Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women 9  
4 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women 7  
5 Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo 6  
6 Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands 5  
7 Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana 4  
8 Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women 3  
9 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team 2  
10 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo 1  
Young rider
1 Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women 2:19:07  
2 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women    
3 Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo    
4 Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
5 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss    
6 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia 0:00:06  
7 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy 0:00:14  
8 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team 0:00:16  
9 Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy    
10 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss    
11 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany    
12 Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America    
13 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands    
14 Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo    
15 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech    
16 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team    
17 Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo    
18 Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France    
19 Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany    
20 Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
21 Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
22 Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands    
23 Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America    
24 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy    
25 Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
26 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
27 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women    
28 Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands    
29 Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
30 Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss    
31 Aude Biannic (Fra) France    
32 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy    
33 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy    
34 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
35 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
36 Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
37 Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands    
38 Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
39 Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France    
40 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss    
41 Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America    
42 Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands    
43 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia    
44 Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany    
45 Irene Falorni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
46 Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
47 Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
48 Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech 0:00:25  
49 Emma Trott (GBr) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:39  
50 Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech    
51 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia    
52 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France 0:02:39  
Teams
1 HTC Highroad Women 6:57:21  
2 Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:06  
3 SC Mcipollini Giordana 0:00:16  
4 Australia 0:00:28  
5 Italy 0:00:30  
6 Skil-Koga Cycling Team 0:00:32  
7 Gauss    
8 Lotto Honda Team    
9 Netherlands    
10 France 0:00:44  
11 China Chongming-Giant 0:00:48  
12 Nederland Bloeit    
13 Germany    
14 USA    
15 Vaiano Solaritech    
General classification after stage 1
1 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team 2:18:53  
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy 0:00:05  
3 Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women 0:00:10  
4 Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands 0:00:13  
5 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
6 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women 0:00:14  
7 Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo    
8 Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
9 Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women    
10 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo    
11 Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
12 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss    
13 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo 0:00:20  
14 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia    
15 Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia    
16 Sophie Creux (Fra) France 0:00:26  
17 Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia 0:00:27  
18 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy 0:00:28  
19 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:30  
20 Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit    
21 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
22 Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy    
23 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo    
24 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany    
25 Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
26 Zhao Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
27 Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America    
28 Emma Mackie (Aus) Australia    
29 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands    
30 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany    
31 Alison Testroete (Can) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
32 Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo    
33 Fanny Riberot (Fra) France    
34 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech    
35 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team    
36 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss    
37 Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo    
38 Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France    
39 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
40 Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany    
41 Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
42 Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
43 Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands    
44 Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America    
45 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy    
46 Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
47 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
48 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women    
49 Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women    
50 Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands    
51 Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
52 Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss    
53 Aude Biannic (Fra) France    
54 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy    
55 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy    
56 Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
57 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit    
58 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
59 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
60 Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
61 Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands    
62 Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
63 Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Honda Team    
64 Megan Guarnier (USA) United States of America    
65 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany    
66 Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France    
67 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss    
68 Patricia Schwager (Swi) Nederland Bloeit    
69 Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America    
70 Christina Becker (Ger) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
71 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Gauss    
72 Verena Jooss (Ger) Germany    
73 Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
74 Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands    
75 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia    
76 Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany    
77 Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
78 Irene Falorni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
79 Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
80 Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
81 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Highroad Women    
82 Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech 0:00:39  
83 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss 0:00:40  
84 Alison Starnes (USA) United States of America 0:00:45  
85 Emma Trott (GBr) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:53  
86 Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech    
87 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia    
88 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France 0:02:53  
89 Carmen Small (USA) United States of America 0:07:50  
Points classification
1 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team 19 pts
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy 15  
3 Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women 9  
4 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women 7  
5 Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands 6  
6 Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo 6  
7 Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana 4  
8 Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia 3  
9 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team 3  
10 Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women 3  
11 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo 1  
Young rider classification
1 Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women 2:19:03  
2 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women 0:00:04  
3 Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo    
4 Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
5 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss    
6 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia 0:00:10  
7 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy 0:00:18  
8 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team 0:00:20  
9 Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy    
10 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany    
11 Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America    
12 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands    
13 Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo    
14 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech    
15 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team    
16 Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo    
17 Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France    
18 Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany    
19 Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team    
20 Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
21 Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands    
22 Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America    
23 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy    
24 Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
25 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
26 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women    
27 Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands    
28 Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
29 Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss    
30 Aude Biannic (Fra) France    
31 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy    
32 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy    
33 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana    
34 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
35 Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
36 Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands    
37 Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
38 Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France    
39 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss    
40 Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America    
41 Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands    
42 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia    
43 Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany    
44 Irene Falorni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech    
45 Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team    
46 Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
47 Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech 0:00:29  
48 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss 0:00:30  
49 Emma Trott (GBr) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:43  
50 Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech    
51 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia    
52 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France 0:02:43  
Teams classification
1 HTC Highroad Women 6:57:21  
2 Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:06  
3 SC Mcipollini Giordana 0:00:16  
4 Australia 0:00:28  
5 Italy 0:00:30  
6 Skil-Koga Cycling Team 0:00:32  
7 Gauss    
8 Lotto Honda Team    
9 Netherlands    
10 France 0:00:44  
11 China Chongming-Giant 0:00:48  
12 Nederland Bloeit    
13 Germany    
14 USA    
15 Vaiano Solaritech