Wild strikes again on the Al Khor Corniche

Argos-Shimano sprinters beats worrack and Van Dijk

It was a day that saw Orica-AIS shatter the peloton with an aggressive show of collective force, but their efforts went unrewarded on stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar as Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products UCK) made the split to retain the overall lead, while Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) unleashed a powerful sprint to claim stage victory.

In the arid expanses of the Qatari desert, the greatest obstacle is the wind and, like on stage 1, Orica-AIS looked to take advantage as soon as the peloton turned right into a crosswind shortly before the midway point. In an impressive concerted move, no fewer than five Orica riders - Gracie Elvin, Tiffany Cromwell, Loes Gunnewijk, Emma Johansson and Amanda Spratt - hit the front to form the day's decisive echelon, but unfortunately for the Australian outfit, they had some of the race's fastest finishers for company in the nine-rider move.

Without an out and out sprinter of their own, Orica-AIS took turns attacking the winning break inside the closing kilometres, mindful of the challenge posed by Wild, Hosking and the Specialized-Lululemon pairing of Elen van Dijk and Trixi Worrack. The eventual winner Wild, however, had both the strength and the confidence to take the initiative herself in keeping the Orica moves in check.

"I was a bit worried with five from Orica because that's hard to control, but they kept riding for a long time because the peloton was close so they had to keep riding," Wild said afterwards. "I knew they would attack and I was ready for them. I thought it was best to control the moves directly myself. I think that's always best."

In the finishing sprint into the wind, Wild followed Worrack in opening her effort from distance, and the Dutch woman had more than enough in reserve to come past and claim victory at Al Khor Corniche for the second year in succession. The victory elevates Wild to third place overall and also means that she now holds the outright record tally for stage victories (four) at the Ladies Tour of Qatar.

"I think we have to see stage by stage if I can go for overall victory," said Wild, who won the race outright in 2009 and 2010. "If it works out, it works out, but I'm already happy with this stage win because it's hard to control the race and keep it together for a group sprint."

Overall leader Chloe Hosking had been wise to Orica-AIS' mid-stage raid and declared herself satisfied with her day's work, even if she was disappointed to be edged out by van Dijk for third place and the final bonus seconds on offer. "The whole GreenEdge chain was lining up beside me before the crosswind section, so I had a sneaking suspicion and I was able to jump right in," said Hosking.

Outnumbered by Orica-AIS and Specialized Lululemon in the finale, Hosking knew that a second stage victory would be a big ask, although she knew from past experience that Wild - the only Argos-Shimano rider in the break - had the ability to beat those kinds of odds.

"I can imagine how the other teams are feeling right now - when I was on Specialized last year, Kirsten Wild won the same stage when there were four of us in the break," Hosking said. "It was not a happy dinner table."

Orica's Gracie Elvin remains in second place overall, six seconds behind Hosking, and the Australian champion said that her team's tactical approach had worked perfectly until the final kilometre. "We were hoping to get rid of them in the end but they were just too strong, so we couldn't quite finish it off," she said of Wild and van Dijk. "Maybe we could have started attacking a little earlier than 5km to go, but there was quite a fast tailwind in the last section so it was really going to take a pretty big effort to get anybody away there."

Early break

Facing a block headwind for the opening 40 kilometres, there appeared to be little appetite for attacking when the peloton left the start at the Camel Race Track but the early détente was broken when Xiu Jie Jiang (China Chongming-Giant), Audrey Cordon (France) and Malgorzata Jasinska (MCipollini) forged clear after 12km.

The trio had built up a lead of almost nine minutes by the first sprint (38.5km) but as soon as the road swung right and into a stiff crosswind section, the complexion of the race altered completely. Before the start, Orica's Tiffany Cromwell had told Cyclingnews that her squad was primed for the changes in direction around the midway point. "There will be some sections where we're looking for gutter action to try and reduce that group of GC contenders," she said, and so it proved.

A quintet of Orica riders massed on the front and the natural selection was instantly apparent, with only the very strongest holding their wheels - Wild, Hosking, Worrack and van Dijk - making the split. Wiggle-Honda attempted to organise the pursuit behind in support of Rochelle Gilmore and Giorgia Bronzini, but though they remained in sight of the leaders for the rest of the day, they were unable to make inroads into their initial one-minute lead.

The Orica-propelled echelon, meanwhile, was travelling at a rate of considerable knots, slicing five minutes of the advantage of the flagging leaders in the space of just 10km, and sweeping the trio up shortly afterwards. To her credit, Jasinska managed to latch on the group when it blasted past, even if the Pole was unable to make an impact in the sprint.

In the closing kilometres, Orica made several tentative efforts to send lone riders away, and while their attempts were thwarted, the script for the final two days of racing seems clear. "I assume it will be very windy and we'll have some more gutter action," Hosking said warily on the days to come.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano2:38:54 
2Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
3Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon  
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK  
5Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS  
6Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS  
7Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana  
8Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS  
9Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS0:00:06 
10Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:14 
11Audrey Cordon (Fra) France0:01:12 
12Jiang Xiu Jie (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
13Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:01:30 
14Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
15Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
16Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
17Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
18Marlen Johrend (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
19Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
20Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
21Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
22Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
23Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
24Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
25Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
26Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
27Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
28Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
29Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
30Claudia Hausler (Ger) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
31Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
32Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
33Roxane Fournier (Fra) France0:04:29 
34Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
35Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
36Sara Grifi (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
37Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
38Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
39Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
40Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
41Janneke Kanis-Busser (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
42Kim De Baat (Ned) Netherlands  
43Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
44Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
45Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
46Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany  
47Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
48Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
49Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink  
50Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon  
51Marion Rousse (Fra) France  
52Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS  
53Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
54Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
55Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
56Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon  
57Giulia Donato (Ita) BePink  
58Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands  
59Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Netherlands  
60Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink  
61Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:07:42 
62Shen Fan Li (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
63Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
64Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany  
65Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
66Mieke Kröger (Ger) Germany  
67Mélanie Bravard (Fra) France  
68Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
69Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
70Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
71Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:07:46 
72Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:07:52 
73Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
74Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
75Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink  
76Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
77Anna Barensfeld (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top0:14:43 
78Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Germany  
79Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
80Sarah Scharbach (Ger) Germany0:15:02 
81Tessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
82Wong Wan Yiu Jamie (HKg) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
83Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink  
84Eline De Roover (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
85Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
86Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
87Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
DNFPauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Netherlands  
Sprint 1 - Substation
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jiang Xiu Jie (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling3 pts
2Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana2 
3Audrey Cordon (Fra) France1 
Sprint 2 - Umm Thenaitain Farm
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jiang Xiu Jie (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling3 pts
2Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana2 
3Audrey Cordon (Fra) France1 
Sprint 3 - Finish - Al Khor Corniche
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano15 pts
2Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon12 
3Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon9 
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK7 
5Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS6 
6Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS5 
7Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana4 
8Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS3 
9Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS2 
10Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK2:38:54 
2Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy0:01:30 
3Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
4Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
5Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
6Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
7Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
9Roxane Fournier (Fra) France0:04:29 
10Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
11Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
12Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
13Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
14Kim De Baat (Ned) Netherlands  
15Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
16Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
17Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
18Marion Rousse (Fra) France  
19Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
20Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon  
21Giulia Donato (Ita) BePink  
22Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Netherlands  
23Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:07:42 
24Shen Fan Li (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
25Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
26Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany  
27Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
28Mieke Kröger (Ger) Germany  
29Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
30Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:07:46 
31Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:07:52 
32Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
33Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Germany0:14:43 
34Sarah Scharbach (Ger) Germany0:15:02 
35Tessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
36Eline De Roover (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
37Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
38Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
39Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
DNFPauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Netherlands  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1ORICA - AIS7:56:42 
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK5:02:33 
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:06 
3Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:09 
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon0:00:16 
5Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon0:00:18 
6Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS0:00:19 
7Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:21 
8Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon0:01:38 
9Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:01:50 
10Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:01:51 
11Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:01:52 
12Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
13Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana0:02:03 
14Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS0:02:13 
15Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS0:02:21 
16Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:02:28 
17Jiang Xiu Jie (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:03:13 
18Audrey Cordon (Fra) France0:03:17 
19Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy0:03:37 
20Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
21Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
22Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
23Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
24Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
25Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
26Claudia Hausler (Ger) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
27Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
28Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
29Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
30Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
31Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
32Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:04:41 
33Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top0:04:51 
34Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink  
35Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany  
36Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon  
37Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO-To The Top0:05:01 
38Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:06:36 
39Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
40Sara Grifi (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
41Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
42Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
43Giulia Donato (Ita) BePink  
44Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
45Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
46Marion Rousse (Fra) France  
47Janneke Kanis-Busser (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
48Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
49Kim De Baat (Ned) Netherlands  
50Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink  
51Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon  
52Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
53Martine Bras (Ned) Netherlands  
54Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
55Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Netherlands  
56Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
57Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS  
58Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:08:14 
59Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:09:49 
60Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
61Shen Fan Li (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
62Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
63Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
64Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
65Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
66Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink0:09:59 
67Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
68Marlen Johrend (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:10:59 
69Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands0:13:58 
70Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink0:16:50 
71Wong Wan Yiu Jamie (HKg) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:17:09 
72Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany0:17:11 
73Mélanie Bravard (Fra) France  
74Mieke Kröger (Ger) Germany  
75Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:17:15 
76Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy0:17:21 
77Anna Barensfeld (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top0:24:12 
78Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Germany  
79Sarah Scharbach (Ger) Germany0:24:31 
80Doris Schweizer (Swi) BePink  
81Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
82Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
83Roxane Fournier (Fra) France0:25:13 
84Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products UCK0:28:36 
85Tessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:35:46 
86Eline De Roover (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
87Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK24 pts
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano23 
3Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS17 
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon12 
5Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS11 
6Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon10 
7Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon9 
8Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana8 
9Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana7 
10Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant7 
11Jiang Xiu Jie (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling6 
12Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS4 
13Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink4 
14Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top3 
15Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda2 
16Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS2 
17Audrey Cordon (Fra) France2 
18Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS1 
Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK5:02:33 
2Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:01:52 
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
4Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:02:28 
5Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy0:03:37 
6Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
7Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
8Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
9Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon0:04:51 
10Shi Li Na (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:06:36 
11Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
12Giulia Donato (Ita) BePink  
13Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
14Marion Rousse (Fra) France  
15Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
16Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
17Kim De Baat (Ned) Netherlands  
18Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
19Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
20Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Netherlands  
21Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:08:14 
22Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:09:49 
23Jessie Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
24Shen Fan Li (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
25Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
26Rebecca Talen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
27Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands0:13:58 
28Lisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany0:17:11 
29Mieke Kröger (Ger) Germany  
30Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:17:15 
31Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy0:17:21 
32Madeleine Ortmüller (Ger) Germany0:24:12 
33Sarah Scharbach (Ger) Germany0:24:31 
34Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
35Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
36Roxane Fournier (Fra) France0:25:13 
37Eline De Roover (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer0:35:46 
38Tessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
39Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen-Bioracer  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1ORICA - AIS15:08:35 


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