Hosking wins first sprint in Qatar

Australian beats Elvin and Brennauer after late split in the peloton

Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products UCK) edged out her training partner Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) in a tight four-up sprint to claim the opening stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar, while a number of pre-race favourites slipped out of contention on an aggressive day of racing on the road to Mesaieed.

The Australian pair were joined by Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon) and Liesbeth de Vocht (Rabo Women) in the winning move, which formed inside the final 20 kilometres after Specialized and Orica-AIS had split the peloton in crosswinds shortly after the midway point, reducing the lead group to some 25 riders.

That group began to splinter on the fast run-in to the line, but neither Specialized nor Orica-AIS was going to allow a move to go clear without representation. When Elvin ghosted off the front in the company of Brennauer, Chloe Hosking realised that she had to respond.

"When Gracie went for Orica with Brennauer from Specialized, I knew I had to be there because they're two of the most dominant teams here," Hosking said as she waited to mount the podium afterwards. "Then, once we started working together, the gap got bigger and bigger."

The quartet opened up a lead of 20 seconds at one point, such was the harmony of their collaboration, and when a spirited solo pursuit from Valentina Scandolara (MCipollini Giordana) petered out inside the closing kilometres, it was clear that the destination of the first golden jersey would be decided amongst them. The remnants of the lead group would come home 10 seconds later, but the main peloton, which included double world champion Giorgia Bronzini, lost almost two minutes and - surely - all hopes of overall victory.

Elvin opted to sit on the back of the group in the finishing straight, waiting for her friend Hosking to show her hand. When Hosking peeled off to the right inside the final 200 metres, Elvin dived for her wheel, but the recently crowned Australian champion was unable to come around her, and the spoils fell to Hosking.

"It was always going to be difficult to beat her in the sprint," Elvin said afterwards. "I was in last position, which was the best to be in, but I still couldn't quite get over the top of her in the end."

For Hosking, victory came as something of a relief after a number of near misses in Qatar in the past, and it came as something of a surprise after she had opted to largely forgo racing during the Australian summer for the first time in her career. "I had no expectations coming in as I had very little preparation done compared to the past," Hosking said. "All I'd done before now was the national championships, so I'm very happy to get the win here."

Crosswinds

In the sparse, flat topography of Qatar, wind is by far and away the greatest obstacle, and so it proved once more on the opening day of this year's race. In comparison to the desert gusts that have buffeted the event in the past, the light breeze that swept in off the Gulf on Tuesday seemed positively benign, but the circuitous nature of the day's route meant that it would still have a profoundly telling impact on the race.

The early exchanges were dominated by the Argos-Shimano team, who strung out the peloton and piloted Kirsten Wild to the first bonus sprint ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle-Honda) and Marta Tagliaferro (MCipollini Giordana). At that point, nobody had succeeded in escaping the clutches of the peloton, but that all changed when the bunch swung left after passing the evocatively named Singing Sand Dunes.

Specialized-Lululemon and Orica-AIS clearly had studied their roadbooks, as the two teams were heavily represented when the bunch began to fragment in the crosswinds, while so many others were found wanting. "We were waiting for that corner to come up, we knew it was going to be a crosswind and a lot of us were trying to push in near the front before we hit the corner," said Orica's Elvin, who also had Tiffany Cromwell and Emma Johansson for company.

The bulk of the pacemaking came from Specialized, however, and in particular 2011 winner Elen van Dijk, who found a little corner of Utrecht in the flatlands of Qatar. "We all just tried to stay on near the front," Elvin said. "It was a good split to be in."

That group was eventually whittled down to just 19, as rider after rider was jettisoned out the back. Among the last to go was Bronzini, but a number of rapid finishers did manage to survive the Specialized onslaught, including Gilmore, Tagliaferro and double Tour of Qatar winner Kirsten Wild, and they remain in the running for overall honours.

"Any bit of an advantage you can get in these stages is good," said Hosking afterwards. "It's a good buffer but I'll have to keep building on it."

Stage 2

The Ladies Tour of Qatar continues on Wednesday with the 96km second stage from the Camel Race Track to Al Khor Corniche.

Full Results
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK2:23:51 
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS  
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
4Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
5Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:00:10 
6Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
7Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink  
8Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
9Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS  
10Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon  
11Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
12Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
13Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
14Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
15Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
16Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany  
17Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon  
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS  
19Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO-To The Top0:00:20 
20Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:46 
21Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:01:55 
22Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
23Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
24Giulia Donato (Ita) BePink  
25Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
26Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
27Sara Grifi (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
28Jiang Xiu Jie (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
29Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
30Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
31Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
32Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
33Shen Fan Li (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
34Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
35Audrey Cordon (Fra) France  
36Wong Wan Yiu Jamie (HKg) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
37Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink  
38Marion Rousse (Fra) France  
39Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
40Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
41Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
42Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
43Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana  
44Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
45Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
46Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands  
47Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
48Claudia Hausler (Ger) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
49Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
50Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Netherlands  
51Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
52Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon  
53Janneke Kanis-Busser (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
54Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
55Kim De Baat (Ned) Netherlands  
56Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
57Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
58Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
59Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink  
60Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
61Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
62Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS  
63Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS  
64Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
65Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS  
66Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
67Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
68Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
69Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
70Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:09:17 
71Mélanie Bravard (Fra) France  
72Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
73Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink  
74Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany  
75Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
76Sarah Scharbach (Ger) Germany  
77Anna Barensfeld (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
78Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
79Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
80Marlen Johrend (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
81Mieke Kröger (Ger) Germany  
82Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Germany  
83Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Netherlands0:16:13 
84Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products UCK0:20:32 
85Eline De Roover (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
86Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
87Tessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
88Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
Sprint 1 - Mesaieed (1st crossing of the finish line), 35.5km
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano3pts
2Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda2 
3Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana1 
Sprint 2 - Al Wukair , 65km
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS3pts
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK2 
3Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
Points - Mesaieed, 97km
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK15pts
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS12 
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon9 
4Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant7 
5Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana6 
6Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano5 
7Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink4 
8Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top3 
9Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS2 
10Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon1 
Young riders
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK2:23:51 
2Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:00:10 
3Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
5Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon  
6Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:46 
7Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:01:55 
8Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
9Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
10Giulia Donato (Ita) BePink  
11Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
12Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
13Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
14Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
15Shen Fan Li (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
16Marion Rousse (Fra) France  
17Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
18Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
19Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
20Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
21Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Netherlands  
22Kim De Baat (Ned) Netherlands  
23Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
24Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
25Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
26Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
27Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:09:17 
28Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
29Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany  
30Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
31Sarah Scharbach (Ger) Germany  
32Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
33Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
34Mieke Kröger (Ger) Germany  
35Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Germany  
36Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Netherlands0:16:13 
37Eline De Roover (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:20:32 
38Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
39Tessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
40Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
Teams
1Specialized-lululemon7:11:53 
2Orica-AIS  
3Hitec Products UCK0:01:45 
4MCipollini Giordana0:01:55 
5Wiggle Honda  
6Team TIBCO-To The Top0:02:05 
7Team Argos-Shimano0:02:31 
8Rabobank Liv/Giant0:03:30 
9BePink0:03:40 
10China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:05:25 
11France  
12Italy  
13Netherlands  
14Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer0:12:47 
15Germany0:18:24 
General classification after stage 1
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK2:23:39 
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:06 
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon0:00:08 
4Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:00:12 
5Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:19 
6Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS  
7Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:00:20 
8Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:00:21 
9Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS  
10Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink0:00:22 
11Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
12Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon  
13Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
14Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
15Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
16Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
17Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany  
18Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon  
19Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO-To The Top0:00:32 
20Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:58 
21Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:02:07 
22Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
23Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
24Giulia Donato (Ita) BePink  
25Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
26Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
27Sara Grifi (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
28Jiang Xiu Jie (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
29Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
30Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
31Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
32Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
33Shen Fan Li (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
34Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
35Audrey Cordon (Fra) France  
36Wong Wan Yiu Jamie (HKg) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
37Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink  
38Marion Rousse (Fra) France  
39Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
40Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
41Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
42Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
43Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana  
44Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
45Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
46Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands  
47Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
48Claudia Hausler (Ger) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
49Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
50Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Netherlands  
51Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
52Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon  
53Janneke Kanis-Busser (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
54Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
55Kim De Baat (Ned) Netherlands  
56Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
57Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
58Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
59Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink  
60Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
61Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
62Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS  
63Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS  
64Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
65Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS  
66Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
67Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
68Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
69Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
70Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:09:29 
71Mélanie Bravard (Fra) France  
72Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
73Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink  
74Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany  
75Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
76Sarah Scharbach (Ger) Germany  
77Anna Barensfeld (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
78Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
79Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
80Marlen Johrend (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
81Mieke Kröger (Ger) Germany  
82Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Germany  
83Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Netherlands0:16:25 
84Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products UCK0:20:44 
85Eline De Roover (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
86Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
87Tessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
88Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
Points classification
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK17pts
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS12 
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon9 
4Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano8 
5Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant7 
6Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana7 
7Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS5 
8Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink4 
9Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top3 
10Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda2 
11Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
12Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon1 
Young riders classification
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK2:23:39 
2Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:00:22 
3Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
5Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon  
6Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:58 
7Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:02:07 
8Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
9Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
10Giulia Donato (Ita) BePink  
11Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
12Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
13Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
14Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
15Shen Fan Li (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
16Marion Rousse (Fra) France  
17Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
18Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
19Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
20Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
21Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Netherlands  
22Kim De Baat (Ned) Netherlands  
23Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
24Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
25Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
26Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
27Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:09:29 
28Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
29Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany  
30Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
31Sarah Scharbach (Ger) Germany  
32Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
33Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
34Mieke Kröger (Ger) Germany  
35Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Germany  
36Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Netherlands0:16:25 
37Eline De Roover (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:20:44 
38Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
39Tessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
40Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
Teams classification
1Specialized-lululemon7:11:53 
2Orica-AIS  
3Hitec Products UCK0:01:45 
4MCipollini Giordana0:01:55 
5Wiggle Honda  
6Team TIBCO-To The Top0:02:05 
7Team Argos-Shimano0:02:31 
8Rabobank Liv/Giant0:03:30 
9BePink0:03:40 
10China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:05:25 
11France  
12Italy  
13Netherlands  
14Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer0:12:47 
15Germany0:18:24 

 

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