Ladies Tour of Qatar: Wild wins opening stage

Holds off Olds and Hosking

A sixth sense for navigating crosswinds and a rapid sprint are the fundamental qualities required at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, and so there was little surprise, perhaps, that Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano) emerged victorious at the end of stage 1 in Mesaaied.

Wild correctly judged the pitch of the race when crosswinds split the peloton shortly after passing the Singing Sand Dunes with 55 kilometres to go. Driven by no fewer than four Orica-AIS riders, the 21-woman leading group worked harmoniously thereafter towards the finish line, where Wild hit the right note in the sprint.

A brisk tailwind was at the group's back in the finishing straight, and Wild duly took this as her cue to open her sprint from distance, and she ran out a decisive win over Shelley Olds (Ale Cipollini) and the rapidly-closing Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products) to claim the first gold jersey of the race.

"Maybe it looked easy but it wasn't – I had a heart rate of 190 in the finale. You just have to pretend to yourself that it's easy and stay calm," said Wild, who paid particular tribute to the efforts of her fellow Dutchwoman Amy Pieters in policing the lead group on the run-in to the line. "I had a wonderful teammate on the front and she did a great job."

Like Tom Boonen in the men's equivalent, Wild has enjoyed unparalleled success in the Ladies Tour of Qatar since its inception in 2009. Tuesday's win was her seventh stage victory at the race, and she is now in the box seat as she chases her fourth overall victory. In the general classification, the Dutchwoman is 8 seconds clear of Olds and 11 ahead of Hosking going into stage 2.

"I look at it day by day," she insisted. "I'm happy with this stage and what happens in the next days, I will see."

Rapid start

The wind was at the peloton's back as it pedalled away from the start outside Doha's striking, I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art, and those conditions made for a rapid start to proceedings, with some 46.1 kilometres covered in the first hour of racing.

With bonus seconds such a valuable commodity in the Qatari desert, there was precious little scope for an early break. Instead, on the first passage through the finish line after 35 kilometres, Wild claimed the sprint, ahead of British champion Lizzie Armitstead and Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS).

Given the flat terrain and utter lack of shelter on the roadsides, the slightest of winds can wreak havoc on the peloton when allied to a change in direction, but it took longer than many expected for the stage-defining split to occur. When it did happen, however, with 55 kilometres remaining, there was little surprise about the make-up of the 21-rider leading group.

Orica-AIS were among the principal drivers of the move, with Emma Johansson, Loes Gunnewijk, Melissa Hoskins and new signing Valentina Scandolara all present and correct, while Tiffany Cromwell (Specialized-Lululemon), Shelley Olds, Chloe Hosking, Lizzie Armitstead and Jolien D'Hoore (Lotto Belisol) were also safely aboard the bus.

Wiggle-Honda, by contrast, were the great absentees of the move, something which will cause particular disappointment in their ranks considering Giorgia Bronzini's early-season form at the Bay Crits series. The British-based squad attempted to orchestrate the pursuit behind, but with the peloton fragmented – and with so many strong riders up front – it was an all but impossible task. Within kilometres, the gap has stretched out to almost a minute, and the list of contenders for final overall victory had been considerably narrowed.

The tailwind in the finale meant that it was always going to be difficult for any late escape attempts to stick. After picking up three more bonus seconds at the second sprint, there was a degree of inevitability about Wild's eventual stage victory, but third-placed Chloe Hosking was among those to take heart from how the day unfolded. Were it not for an untimely puncture last year, the Australian could well have claimed the overall honours, and she was pleased with her opening gambit here.

"Kirsten's really fast but I didn't feel outdone today, I just went too late in the sprint," Hosking said. "I'm not down in the dumps about it. I think I can come out tomorrow with a different result."

Full results

1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano2:09:56 
2Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini  
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products  
4Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
5Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
6Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
7Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
8Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS  
9Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
10Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon  
11Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
12Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS  
13Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
14Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
15Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - lululemon  
16Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
17Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
18Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS0:00:04 
19Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - lululemon  
20Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano0:00:09 
21Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo0:00:49 
22Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant - Shimano0:00:53 
23Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - lululemon  
24Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
25Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
26Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
27Sarah Roy (Aus) Australia  
28Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Australia  
29Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
30Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
31Julia Soek (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
32Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano  
33Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
34Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS  
35Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
36Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
37Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
38Marijn De Vries (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
39Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France  
40Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
41Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS  
42Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
43Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
44Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
45Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
46Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
47Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) RusVelo0:04:30 
48Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
49Aizan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo  
50Dong Yan Huang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
51Michela Pavin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
52Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
53Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
54Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
55Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
56Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
57Isabelle Soderberg (Swe) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
58Xiaoling Luo (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
59Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - lululemon  
60Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
61Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini  
62Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
63Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
64Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia  
65Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
66Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
67Fanny Riberot (Fra) France  
68Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
69Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia  
70Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
71Ni Man Song (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
72Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
73Zita Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
74Emily Roper (Aus) Australia  
75Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) RusVelo  
76Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
77Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products  
78Hong Yu Liang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
79Maeia Covrig (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
80Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
81Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
82Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
83Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
84Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:05:43 
85Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
86Yuan Yuan Tian (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:06:26 
87Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products0:06:34 
88Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:11:13 
Sprint 1 - Mesaieed (1st crossing)
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano3pts
2Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
3Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS1 
Sprint 2 - Al Wukair
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano3pts
2Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini2 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products1 
Points
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano15pts
2Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini12 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products9 
4Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies7 
5Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 
6Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France5 
7Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini4 
8Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS3 
9Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team2 
10Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon1 
Young riders
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS2:09:56 
2Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano0:00:09 
4Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:53 
5Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
6Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
7Dong Yan Huang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:04:30 
8Michela Pavin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
9Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
10Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
11Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
12Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
13Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
14Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
15Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
16Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
17Zita Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
18Emily Roper (Aus) Australia  
19Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
20Maeia Covrig (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
21Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
22Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
23Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
24Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:05:43 
25Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
26Yuan Yuan Tian (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:06:26 
Teams
1Orica - AIS6:29:48 
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
3Specialized - lululemon0:00:04 
4Ale Cipollini0:00:53 
5Team Giant - Shimano0:01:02 
6Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:01:46 
7France  
8Wiggle Honda0:02:39 
9Hitec Products0:05:23 
10Lotto Belisol Ladies  
11Italy  
12RusVelo0:06:12 
13Australia0:06:16 
14Astana Bepink Womens Team0:09:00 
15China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:13:30 
General classification after stage 1
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano2:09:40 
2Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini0:00:08 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products0:00:11 
4Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:14 
5Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS0:00:15 
6Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:00:16 
7Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
8Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
9Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
10Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon  
11Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
12Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS  
13Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
14Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
15Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - lululemon  
16Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
17Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
18Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS0:00:20 
19Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - lululemon  
20Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano0:00:25 
21Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo0:01:05 
22Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant - Shimano0:01:09 
23Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - lululemon  
24Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
25Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
26Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
27Sarah Roy (Aus) Australia  
28Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Australia  
29Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
30Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
31Julia Soek (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
32Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano  
33Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
34Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS  
35Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
36Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
37Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
38Marijn De Vries (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
39Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France  
40Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
41Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS  
42Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
43Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
44Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
45Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
46Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
47Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) RusVelo0:04:46 
48Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
49Aizan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo  
50Dong Yan Huang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
51Michela Pavin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
52Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
53Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
54Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
55Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
56Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
57Isabelle Soderberg (Swe) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
58Xiaoling Luo (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
59Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - lululemon  
60Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
61Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini  
62Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
63Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
64Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia  
65Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
66Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
67Fanny Riberot (Fra) France  
68Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
69Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia  
70Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
71Ni Man Song (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
72Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
73Zita Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
74Emily Roper (Aus) Australia  
75Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) RusVelo  
76Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
77Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products  
78Hong Yu Liang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
79Maeia Covrig (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
80Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
81Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
82Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
83Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
84Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:05:59 
85Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
86Yuan Yuan Tian (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:06:42 
87Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products0:06:50 
88Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:11:29 
Points classification
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano21pts
2Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini14 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products10 
4Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team8 
5Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies7 
6Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France5 
7Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS4 
8Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini4 
9Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team2 
10Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon1 
Young rider classification
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS2:09:55 
2Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:00:01 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano0:00:10 
4Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:54 
5Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
6Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
7Dong Yan Huang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:04:31 
8Michela Pavin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
9Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
10Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
11Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
12Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
13Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
14Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
15Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
16Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
17Zita Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
18Emily Roper (Aus) Australia  
19Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
20Maeia Covrig (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
21Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
22Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
23Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
24Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:05:44 
25Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
26Yuan Yuan Tian (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:06:27 
Teams classification
1Orica - AIS6:29:48 
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
3Specialized - lululemon0:00:04 
4Ale Cipollini0:00:53 
5Team Giant - Shimano0:01:02 
6Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:01:46 
7France  
8Wiggle Honda0:02:39 
9Hitec Products0:05:23 
10Lotto Belisol Ladies  
11Italy  
12RusVelo0:06:12 
13Australia0:06:16 
14Astana Bepink Womens Team0:09:00 
15China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:13:30 

 

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