Ladies Tour of Qatar: Kirsten Wild wins stage 4

Giant-Shimano rider takes overall

Overall victory was all but assured before the day began, but Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano) put the finishing touches to her domination of the Ladies Tour of Qatar with a resounding sprint victory in the grandstand finale on Doha's Corniche on Friday afternoon.

The victory was Wild's third stage win of the race and completed a full set for her Giant-Shimano team – the only rider to interrupt Wild's sequence of wins was her teammate Amy Pieters on stage 2, a performance that would ultimately help her to finish second overall.

The Dutch squad's mastery of the conditions in Qatar was total. Every time an echelon formed, there was a phalanx of Giant-Shimano riders to be found leading the line. Every time a dangerous break drifted clear, there was a Giant-Shimano rider policing the move. And in the sprint, of course, Wild proved unbeatable.

The final stage of the race saw Wild face arguably her toughest test to date. After missing the split on stage 1 and puncturing out of the winning move on stage 3, double world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) was present and correct in a bunch sprint for the first time in this year's Tour of Qatar.

The duel between Wild and Bronzini was a classic clash of sprinting styles, matching the Dutchwoman's raw power with the Italian's rapid acceleration and tactical savvy. The long, exposed Corniche finale is a favourite of Wild's however, and her sheer strength won the day.

With 200 metres to go, she pulled clear of Bronzini, and though the Piacenza native battled gamely to stay on terms, the spoils fell to Wild, while Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) – an impressive performer throughout the week – came home in third.

"It feels good but I have to say thanks to my team, they were so good and we deserved it," Wild said of her fourth overall victory at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, following her triumphs in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Wild's record in Qatar is little short of remarkable – of the 20 stages of the race held since its inception in 2009, Wild has won nine. Indeed, Bronzini, with three to her name, is the only other multiple stage winner in the Ladies Tour of Qatar's six-year history.

"I feel like I'm ready now for the rest of the season," Wild said, adding: "You can't win a race like this without a strong team."

Wild's teammate Amy Pieters underlined Giant-Shimano's pre-eminence by finishing second overall, 22 seconds down, and claiming the white jersey of best young rider for good measure. The Dutch youngster was a deluxe domestique for much of the race, but gave a fuller demonstration of her repertoire on stage 2, when she tracked the winning move and then powered clear in the sprint.

As was the case twelve months ago, Chloe Hosking (Hitec-Products) was Wild's most persistent rival in the sprints, and constantly in the right place when the race split up in crosswinds. The Australian was rewarded for her consistency with third place overall, 36 seconds down.

The biggest collective threat to Giant-Shimano came from Orica-AIS, but the team's lack of a sprinter at Wild's level meant that their guile in scattering the peloton to the four winds did not reap the rewards it perhaps deserved. Nonetheless, Emma Johansson claimed 4th overall, 50 seconds down on Wild, while Orica-AIS also collected the team prize for their endeavours.

As per tradition, Friday's final stage began at the Sealine Beach Resort, and the combination of a block headwind and a four-lane motorway on the road north to Doha meant that early breakaway attempts were understandably at a premium on an overcast afternoon on the peninsula. The pace nudged upwards ahead of the first sprint at Al Wakra after 38km – where Wild, inevitably, picked up another three seconds in bonuses – and shortly afterwards, Jessie MacLean (Orica-AIS) and Alexandra Burchenkova (RusVelo) broke clear.

As the Doha skyline gradually began to emerge from the haze ahead, the pair's lead gained in definition, and at the 50km mark, they had 1:10 in hand on the peloton, but that advantage began to tumble on the finishing circuit along the Corniche and they were later swept up. The final laps of the circuit saw a concerted attempt from Specialized-lululemon to break the deadlock, with Chantal Blaak's effort the most dangerous. She would soon be reeled in by the peloton, however, and the stage was set for Wild's final flourish.

Full Results
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano2:06:23 
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
3Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS  
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon  
5Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
6Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini  
7Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
8Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
9Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
10Xiaoling Luo (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
11Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
12Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
13Fanny Riberot (Fra) France  
14Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products  
15Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
16Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France  
17Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
18Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
19Sarah Roy (Aus) Australia  
20Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - lululemon  
21Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
22Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
23Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
24Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
25Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
26Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy  
27Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
28Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) RusVelo  
29Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Australia  
30Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
31Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
32Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia  
33Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
34Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
35Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo  
36Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
37Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
38Aizan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo  
39Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
40Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
41Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
42Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - lululemon0:00:11 
43Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
44Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
45Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
46Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
47Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
48Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - lululemon  
49Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia  
50Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant - Shimano  
51Ni Man Song (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:00:18 
52Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) RusVelo  
53Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
54Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - lululemon  
55Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS  
56Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
57Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini0:00:20 
58Julia Soek (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
59Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano  
60Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:00:25 
61Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
62Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
63Michela Pavin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
64Hong Yu Liang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
65Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
66Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
67Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
68Emily Roper (Aus) Australia  
69Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
70Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS  
71Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
72Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
73Marijn De Vries (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
74Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
75Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
76Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS  
77Maeia Covrig (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
78Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS  
79Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products0:02:37 
80Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products  
81Zita Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
82Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:05:50 
83Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:07:30 
84Yuan Yuan Tian (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:15:50 
DNFDong Yan Huang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
Sprint 1 - Al Wakra
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano3pts
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano1 
Sprint 2 - Doha Corniche (4th crossing)
1Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - lululemon3pts
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano2 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano1 
Points - Doha Corniche (Finish)
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano15pts
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda12 
3Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS9 
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon7 
5Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies6 
6Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini5 
7Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France4 
8Roxane Fournier (Fra) France3 
9Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
10Xiaoling Luo (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling1 
Young riders
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS2:06:23 
2Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
3Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy  
4Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
5Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
6Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
7Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
8Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
9Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
10Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:11 
11Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
12Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:00:18 
13Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:25 
14Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
15Michela Pavin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
16Emily Roper (Aus) Australia  
17Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
18Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
19Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
20Maeia Covrig (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
21Zita Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:02:37 
22Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:07:30 
3Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
4Lotto Belisol Ladies  
5Wiggle Honda  
8Specialized - lululemon0:00:11 
9Team Giant - Shimano  
10Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
11Orica - AIS0:00:18 
12Ale Cipollini0:00:20 
13Hitec Products0:00:36 
14China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:00:43 
15Astana Bepink Womens Team0:00:50 
Final general classification
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano9:37:01 
2Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano0:00:22 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products0:00:36 
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS0:00:50 
5Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon0:01:02 
6Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS0:01:06 
7Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:01:44 
8Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy0:01:55 
9Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - lululemon0:02:03 
10Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:31 
11Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:02:33 
12Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
13Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo0:02:35 
14Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo0:02:38 
15Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:03:24 
16Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:03:46 
17Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant - Shimano0:04:15 
18Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:04:45 
19Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS0:05:12 
20Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:05:34 
21Julia Soek (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano0:06:22 
22Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini0:12:14 
23Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
24Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:12:47 
25Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS0:12:56 
26Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France0:13:12 
27Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - lululemon0:13:24 
28Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:13:40 
29Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS0:13:48 
30Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:14:05 
31Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS0:14:30 
32Sarah Roy (Aus) Australia0:14:33 
33Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Australia  
34Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
35Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - lululemon0:14:42 
36Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano0:14:51 
37Marijn De Vries (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano0:14:58 
38Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:17:00 
39Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
40Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:17:11 
41Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:17:18 
42Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia0:18:21 
43Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - lululemon0:18:28 
44Aizan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo0:19:32 
45Hong Yu Liang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:19:57 
46Roxane Fournier (Fra) France0:20:37 
47Xiaoling Luo (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling  
48Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
49Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
50Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
51Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia  
52Aude Biannic (Fra) France0:20:48 
53Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) RusVelo0:20:55 
54Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
55Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini0:20:57 
56Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products0:21:02 
57Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
58Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
59Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
60Emily Roper (Aus) Australia  
61Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products0:23:14 
62Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:23:37 
63Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy0:23:40 
64Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy0:23:43 
65Fanny Riberot (Fra) France  
66Michela Pavin (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:24:08 
67Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
68Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France0:24:33 
69Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France  
70Zita Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:26:20 
71Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) RusVelo0:27:03 
72Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:28:10 
73Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:28:35 
74Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
75Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
76Maeia Covrig (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
77Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy0:29:23 
78Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:29:32 
79Ni Man Song (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:30:09 
80Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:30:16 
81Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:34:00 
82Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products0:34:32 
83Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:35:18 
84Yuan Yuan Tian (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:52:05 
Points classification
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano73pts
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products31 
3Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini26 
4Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team22 
5Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano19 
6Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies17 
7Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS14 
8Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS12 
9Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon12 
10Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team12 
11Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda12 
12Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda9 
13Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini9 
14Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France9 
15Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo7 
16Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - lululemon3 
17Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy3 
18Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo3 
19Roxane Fournier (Fra) France3 
20Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team2 
21Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
22Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano2 
23Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS1 
24Xiaoling Luo (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling1 
Young riders classification
1Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano9:37:23 
2Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS0:00:44 
3Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy0:01:33 
4Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:16:49 
5Roxane Fournier (Fra) France0:20:15 
6Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
7Aude Biannic (Fra) France0:20:26 
8Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:20:33 
9Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products0:20:40 
10Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
11Emily Roper (Aus) Australia  
12Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:23:15 
13Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Italy0:23:21 
14Michela Pavin (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:23:46 
15Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
16Zita Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:25:58 
17Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:27:48 
18Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:28:13 
19Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Italy  
20Maeia Covrig (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
21Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy0:29:01 
22Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:29:10 
23Yuan Yuan Tian (Chn) China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:51:43 
Teams classification
1Orica - AIS28:54:31 
2Team Giant - Shimano0:01:44 
3Specialized - lululemon0:13:04 
4Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:18:42 
6Wiggle Honda0:21:49 
7Hitec Products0:21:50 
8Lotto Belisol Ladies0:22:30 
9Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:24:26 
10Ale Cipollini0:36:09 
14Astana Bepink Womens Team0:57:49 
15China Chongming-Giant Pro Cycling0:58:01 

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