Van Dijk wins the Ladies Tour of Qatar

Baccaille wins the final stage in Doha

Monia Baccaille (MCipollini-Giordana) showed that she is fully recovered from injury by winning the final stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar in a thrilling sprint finish. It was very much an Italian affair in Doha, as Baccaille beat world champion Giorgia Bronzini into second place. Ellen Van Dijk's (HTC-Highroad) fourth place finish was enough to seal her overall victory in the event.

With a healthy overall lead of 15 seconds on Friday morning, and well supported by the strongest team in the race, Van Dijk's golden jersey was never under any significant threat, and once the break of the day was swept up on the final lap of the finishing circuit in downtown Doha, the stage was set for a fascinating sprint battle that saw the Italian duo come out on top.

Baccaille opened her sprint early and the Italian champion had more than enough in her legs to hold on for victory. Behind, the rainbow jersey of Bronzini was boxed in until the last minute, and she lost vital yards on her fellow countrywoman that she was unable to make up in the closing metres.

"There were a few trains in the sprint, it was going left and right," Baccaille told Cyclingnews afterwards. "But I managed to find space on the right hand side and go at 250m and I was able to hold on."

Baccaille was making her first competitive appearance since breaking her collarbone at the European track championships in November, and admitted that she was surprised to have found form again so quickly after returning to full training less than a month ago. After being active on the front in the previous two days, however, she was able to save herself for the finale of Friday's stage.

"Today I was able to stay in the peloton without expending too much energy given that there were two of my teammates in the main break of the day, Nicole Cooke and Marta Bastianelli," Baccaille said.

Second-placed Bronzini suffered from the chaotic nature of the finale, with no one team able to build a dominant lead-out train, and she rued starting her sprint so late. "In the finale maybe I went too late given my characteristics, but so be it," she told Cyclingnews.

Meanwhile, the overall winner Van Dijk was thrilled with her victory. The young Dutch rider finished fourth on the stage, just behind Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto-Honda), but explained that her priority on the final stage was to secure her golden jersey. With HTC-Highroad marshaling affairs expertly at the head of the peloton, she endured no scares on the road to Doha.

"I think we have the strongest team here in the competition, as is shown by the way that we also won the team classification," Van Dijk said. "I could count on my teammates as we were able to keep it together today.

"I rate this win really highly because it's also my first stage race win. It's a big race and a nice race to win."

How it unfolded

The race began without the unfortunate Lucy Davis (Garmin-Cervélo), who was forced to abandon overnight after falling on stage two. Out on the road, the wind at the peloton's back on the way out of Al Dayeen meant that there was no shortage of willing attackers but with HTC-Highroad controlling matters, nobody was going to be allowed get a substantial gap before the nine laps of the finishing circuit.

On entering the streets of Doha, Megan Guarnier (USA) managed to snap the elastic, in spite of the high pace behind. However, after the convoy went in the wrong direction on reaching the circuit, the race had to be stopped and neutralised, and the sting was taken out of Guarnier's move. To her credit, however, after setting off again with a 10-second advantage, the American managed to spend almost two laps clear of the pack before being caught.

Unsurprisingly, the next attacker was the ever willing Valentina Bastianelli (Vaiano Solaritech), and when she and her breakaway companion Roxanne Knetemann hoovered up the bonus seconds at the first sprint ahead of Iris Slappendel (Garmin-Cervélo), the main threat to Van Dijk's golden jersey, HTC-Highroad were all but guaranteed the overall win.

With six laps to go, the day's main break forced its way clear, with Nicole Cooke and Marta Bastianelli (MCipollini-Giordana) very much to the fore. They were joined by Gloria Presti (Italy), Amanda Spratt (Australia), Patricia Schwager (Nederland Bloeit), Ludivine Henrion (Lotto-Honda), Jacquelyn Crowell (USA), Valentina Scandolara (Gauss) and Alison Testroete (Skil-Koga).

The 10 escapees worked well together and quickly established a lead, but once the gap rose above 30 seconds, the HTC-Highroad team assembled at the front of the peloton to keep them in check. Thereafter, it was a game of cat and mouse, as the breakaway never fully managed to get out of site, in spite of the best efforts of Cooke and Spratt in particular.

Two laps from the finish, the gap was still holding steady at 25 seconds, but when HTC-Highroad pegged back another 10 of those on the next lap, it seemed inevitable that the race would all come back together for the sprint. The break was finally forced to give best in the finale, where Baccaille emerged victorious from the chaos, while HTC-Highroad celebrated a golden jersey for Van Dijk that was very much a team effort.

Full results
1Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana2:25:22 
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy  
3Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
4Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women  
5Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss  
6Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit  
7Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany  
8Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
9Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
10Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
11Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands  
12Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
13Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
14Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands  
15Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
16Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany  
17Sophie Creux (Fra) France  
18Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
19Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
20Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women  
21Fanny Riberot (Fra) France  
22Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss  
23Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
24Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
25Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia  
26Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
27Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo  
28Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America  
29Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
30Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Honda Team  
31Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
32Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
33Alison Starnes (USA) United States of America  
34Alison Testroete (Can) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
35Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
36Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
37Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women  
38Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany  
39Verena Jooss (Ger) Germany  
40Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women  
41Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo  
42Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
43Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
44Christina Becker (Ger) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
45Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
46Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
47Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
48Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
49Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
50Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo  
51Zhao Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
52Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
53Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
54Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo  
55Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
56Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
57Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy  
58Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
59Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
60Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
61Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
62Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany  
63Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
64Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Gauss  
65Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
66Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
67Patricia Schwager (Swi) Nederland Bloeit  
68Megan Guarnier (USA) United States of America  
69Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia  
70Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America  
71Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo  
72Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
73Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
74Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
75Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
76Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
77Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
78Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
79Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia  
80Emma Mackie (Aus) Australia  
81Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy  
82Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
83Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss0:01:46 
84Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
85Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America  
86Carmen Small (USA) United States of America  
Sprint 1 - Doha Corniche, 56km
1Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech3pts
2Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team2 
3Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo1 
Sprint 2 - Doha Corniche, 74km
1Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss3pts
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC Mcipollini Giordana2 
3Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America1 
Sprint3 - Doha Corniche, 92km
1Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana15pts
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy12 
3Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team9 
4Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women7 
5Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss6 
6Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit5 
7Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany4 
8Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France3 
9Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech2 
10Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana1 
Young rider
1Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women2:25:22 
2Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss  
3Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
4Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
5Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
6Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
7Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
8Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands  
9Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
10Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany  
11Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
12Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
13Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
14Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
15Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
16Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America  
17Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
18Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
19Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
20Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
21Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women  
22Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany  
23Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
24Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
25Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
26Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
27Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
28Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo  
29Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
30Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
31Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo  
32Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
33Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
34Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy  
35Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
36Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
37Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
38Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
39Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia  
40Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America  
41Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
42Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
43Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
44Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
45Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
46Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy  
47Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss0:01:46 
48Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
49Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America  
1Sc Mcipollini Giordana7:16:06 
2Lotto Honda Team  
5Htc Highroad Women  
7Vaiano Solaritech  
8Nederland Bloeit  
10Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
14China Chongming-Giant  
Final overall classification
1Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women7:51:04 
2Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women0:00:15 
3Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo0:00:20 
4Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women0:00:24 
5Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo0:00:26 
6Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:32 
7Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo  
8Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team0:02:00 
9Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy0:02:03 
10Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women0:02:14 
11Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands0:02:17 
12Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo0:02:18 
13Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC Mcipollini Giordana0:02:23 
14Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team0:02:26 
15Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia0:02:29 
16Sophie Creux (Fra) France0:02:30 
17Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia0:02:31 
18Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team0:02:32 
19Alison Starnes (USA) United States of America  
20Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy  
21Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana0:02:33 
22Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech0:02:34 
23Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit  
24Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany  
25Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
26Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
27Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss  
28Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
29Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
30Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
31Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy  
32Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
33Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
34Emma Mackie (Aus) Australia  
35Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
36Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany  
37Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
38Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
39Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team0:02:43 
40Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany  
41Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Honda Team  
42Christina Becker (Ger) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
43Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
44Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
45Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
46Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss0:02:44 
47Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia0:03:02 
48Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss0:04:01 
49Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:05:14 
50Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
51Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana0:09:37 
52Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia0:09:43 
53Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America0:09:52 
54Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands0:09:53 
55Fanny Riberot (Fra) France  
56Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
57Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
58Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
59Alison Testroete (Can) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
60Zhao Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
61Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
62Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo  
63Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America  
64Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
65Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
66Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
67Patricia Schwager (Swi) Nederland Bloeit  
68Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Highroad Women  
69Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
70Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:10:02 
71Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech0:10:16 
72Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France0:12:16 
73Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:17:03 
74Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team0:17:06 
75Verena Jooss (Ger) Germany  
76Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
77Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Gauss  
78Carmen Small (USA) United States of America0:17:13 
79Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands0:17:15 
80Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling0:18:31 
81Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
82Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands0:19:12 
83Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany  
84Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
85Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America  
86Megan Guarnier (USA) United States of America0:19:22 
Points classification
1Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women35pts
2Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team28 
3Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italy27 
4Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana15 
5Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women13 
6Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo12 
7Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women11 
8Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women9 
9Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo7 
10Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit6 
11Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands6 
12Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss6 
13Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit5 
14Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss4 
15Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo4 
16Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany4 
17Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana4 
18Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australia3 
19Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech3 
20Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo3 
21Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team3 
22Alison Starnes (USA) United States of America3 
23Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France3 
24Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC Mcipollini Giordana2 
25Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team2 
26Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech2 
27Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana1 
28Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America1 
Young rider classification
1Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women7:51:04 
2Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo0:00:32 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC Highroad Women0:02:14 
4Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia0:02:29 
5Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team0:02:32 
6Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Italy  
7Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech0:02:34 
8Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
9Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
10Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
11Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
12Gloria Presti (Ita) Italy  
13Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana  
14Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
15Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss  
16Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team0:02:43 
17Romy Kasper (Ger) Germany  
18Lorena Foresi (Ita) Gauss  
19Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
20Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Gauss0:02:44 
21Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia0:03:02 
22Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Gauss0:04:01 
23Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:05:14 
24Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
25Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana0:09:37 
26Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) United States of America0:09:52 
27Shanne Braspennincx (Ned) Netherlands0:09:53 
28Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Honda Team  
29Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
30Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
31Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
32Jessie Daams (Bel) Garmin - Cervelo  
33Kendall Ryan (USA) United States of America  
34Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
35Luo Xiaoling (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
36Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
37Simona Martini (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:10:02 
38Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech0:10:16 
39Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France0:12:16 
40Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech0:17:03 
41Hannah Welter (Ned) Skil-Koga Cycling Team0:17:06 
42Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
43Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands0:17:15 
44Wong Wan Yin Jamie (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling0:18:31 
45Huang Li (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
46Melanie Woering (Ned) Netherlands0:19:12 
47Laura Fouquet (Ger) Germany  
48Henriette Woering (Ned) Netherlands  
49Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America  
Teams classification
1HTC Highroad Women23:34:00 
3Nederland Bloeit0:04:52 
4Sc Mcipollini Giordana0:06:29 
8Lotto Honda Team0:06:56 
9Skil-Koga Cycling Team  
12China Chongming-Giant0:14:13 
13Vaiano Solaritech0:16:53 


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