Armitstead takes stage three victory at Ladies Tour of Qatar

Briton takes over race lead

Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) moved into the leader's jersey at the Ladies Tour of Qatar after taking victory on stage three. The Boels Dolmans rider beat Shelly Olds (Bigla) and Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv Women) in a sprint after another fine all-round display from the Boels Dolmans team. 

Armitstead took the race lead from teammate Ellen van Dijk, who made the split but finished in 16th on the stage after helping to lead Armitstead out. Van Dijk now sits second behind Armitstead at eight seconds. Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Honda), who rode aggressively to claim both intermediate sprints, finished just outside of the time bonuses at the line and is now third at nine seconds.

With just one stage remaining Armitstead looks to be in a strong position and on course to win her maiden Tour of Qatar crown but she and her team were made to work for the win after Wiggle Honda, and in particular, Chloe Hosking rallied with two excellent performances at the intermediate sprints.

Hosking, who came into the stage with a point to prove after finishing fourth on stage two, admitted to Cyclingnews that she was nervous as she lined up on the start line in Souq Waqif. However those nerves were quickly dispelled when she moved to within one second of the race lead after dominating the intermediates.

Boels Dolmans’s response was as emphatic as it was calculating. After tiring the field with a long section of headwind riding they set about splitting the peloton once the race turned east. The peloton quickly split but with five riders in the 14-strong group, Armitstead and her teammates had made their intentions clear.

Although more riders were able to regain contact the Dutch druganaut set volley after volley up the road in a bid to once again stretch the race to within breaking point.

Gracie Elvin (Orica AIS) and Jolien d'Hoore (Wiggle) were constantly attempting to break clear and at one point built up a slight lead but with less than four kilometres to go the peloton regrouped.

Wiggle had already played one card with d'Hoore but Hosking herself closed down a move containing Armitstead. Yet with 500 meters to go the bunch launched into their sprint.

Hosking could see the race lead up ahead but another miss-firing leadout from her and her team cost her dearly.

Armitstead on the other hand had no such problems. She and her team allowed Wiggle to blink first before launching her own sprint with less than 200 meters to go. Olds and Brand completed the top three with Hosking fourth and out of the bonus seconds.

 Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2:27:45 
2Shelley Olds - Evans (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
5Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
6Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products UCK  
7Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda  
8Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
9Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
10Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio-SRAM  
11Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
12Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
13Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
14Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS  
15Soline Lamboley (Fra) France  
16Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
17Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio-SRAM  
18Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio-SRAM  
19Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio-SRAM  
20Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
21Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
22Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
23Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
24Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
25Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
26Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
27Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
28Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:08 
29Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS  
30Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS0:00:14 
31Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda0:00:30 
32Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio-SRAM0:00:32 
33Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:02:16 
34Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling  
35Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
36Eugénie Duval (Fra) France0:02:19 
37Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling  
38Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo0:02:30 
39Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
40Coralie Demay (Fra) France  
41Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
42Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
43Anouska Helena Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
44Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products UCK0:02:33 
45Georgia Baker (Aus) Australia  
46Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
47Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
48Brianna Walle (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
49Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
50Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Italy  
51Rossella Ratto (Ita) Italy  
52Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
53Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS  
54Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:06:47 
55Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia0:06:49 
56Jiaqi Li (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling  
57Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
58Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
59Martina Alzini (Ita) Italy  
60Fanny Riberot (Fra) France  
61Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
62Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
63Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
64Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
65Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
66Doris Schweizer (Sui) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
67Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio-SRAM  
68Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
69Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
70Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
71Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
72Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
73Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
74Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
75Joëlle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
76Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:10:39 
77Alison Tetrick Starnes (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
78Alexandria Nicholls (Aus) Australia  
79Xi Sha Zhao (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling  
80Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
81Miriam Bjornsrud (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
82Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Italy  
83Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
84Ya Nan Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling  
85Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Australia  
Sprint 1 - Tenbek
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda3 pts
2Elisabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
3Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda1 
Sprint 2 - Ras Laffan
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda3 pts
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda2 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS1 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team15 pts
2Shelley Olds - Evans (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team12 
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team9 
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda7 
5Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France6 
6Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products UCK5 
7Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda4 
8Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini3 
9Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS2 
10Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio-SRAM1 
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini2:27:45 
2Soline Lamboley (Fra) France  
3Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
4Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
5Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:02:16 
6Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
7Eugénie Duval (Fra) France0:02:19 
8Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo0:02:30 
9Coralie Demay (Fra) France  
10Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
11Anouska Helena Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
12Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products UCK0:02:33 
13Georgia Baker (Aus) Australia  
14Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
15Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Italy  
16Rossella Ratto (Ita) Italy  
17Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:06:47 
18Jiaqi Li (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:06:49 
19Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
20Martina Alzini (Ita) Italy  
21Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
22Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
23Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
24Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
25Alexandria Nicholls (Aus) Australia0:10:39 
26Xi Sha Zhao (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling  
27Miriam Bjornsrud (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
28Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
29Ya Nan Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wiggle Honda7:23:15 
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
3Velocio - SRAM  
4Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
5Orica - AIS0:00:08 
6Ale Cipollini0:02:16 
7France0:02:19 
8Hitec Products0:02:33 
9Team Liv - Plantur0:02:38 
10Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo0:04:46 
11Italy0:05:06 
12Bigla Cycling Team0:09:19 
13China Chongming-Liv-Champion System0:11:22 
14Optum p/b Kelly Benefit0:11:55 
15Australia0:16:11 
General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team7:35:24 
2Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:08 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:00:09 
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio-SRAM0:00:15 
5Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS0:00:17 
6Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda0:02:14 
7Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio-SRAM0:02:15 
8Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
9Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
10Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS0:02:23 
11Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS  
12Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:02:34 
13Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:37 
14Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS  
15Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:04:25 
16Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:07:24 
17Shelley Olds - Evans (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:11:16 
18Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:11:19 
19Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo0:11:27 
20Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
21Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio-SRAM  
22Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy  
23Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products UCK  
24Soline Lamboley (Fra) France  
25Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
26Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio-SRAM  
27Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
28Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
29Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
30Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
31Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur0:11:35 
32Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:11:42 
33Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio-SRAM0:12:05 
34Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda  
35Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:13:43 
36Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
37Eugénie Duval (Fra) France0:13:46 
38Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:13:51 
39Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:13:57 
40Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
41Brianna Walle (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:14:00 
42Georgia Baker (Aus) Australia  
43Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
44Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products UCK  
45Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
46Anouska Helena Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:14:03 
47Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo0:14:05 
48Coralie Demay (Fra) France  
49Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS0:14:08 
50Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:18:14 
51Roxane Fournier (Fra) France0:18:16 
52Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
53Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
54Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
55Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia  
56Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio-SRAM0:18:24 
57Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
58Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
59Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
60Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
61Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
62Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
63Joëlle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
64Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia0:18:31 
65Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:18:51 
66Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:19:01 
67Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:19:06 
68Rossella Ratto (Ita) Italy0:19:09 
69Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Italy  
70Fanny Riberot (Fra) France0:23:17 
71Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
72Martina Alzini (Ita) Italy0:23:23 
73Doris Schweizer (Sui) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
74Jiaqi Li (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:23:25 
75Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
76Xi Sha Zhao (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:27:07 
77Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
78Alison Tetrick Starnes (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:27:15 
79Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Australia  
80Alexandria Nicholls (Aus) Australia  
81Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
82Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Italy  
83Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
84Miriam Bjornsrud (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
85Ya Nan Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team31 pts
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda26 
3Shelley Olds - Evans (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team23 
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio-SRAM17 
5Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team16 
6Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team15 
7Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini15 
8Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda14 
9Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS12 
10Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda12 
11Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini11 
12Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France6 
13Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda5 
14Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products UCK5 
15Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini4 
16Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling3 
17Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS3 
18Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini3 
19Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio-SRAM2 
20Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur2 
21Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo2 
22Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio-SRAM1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini7:37:58 
2Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy0:08:53 
3Soline Lamboley (Fra) France  
4Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
5Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:11:09 
6Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo  
7Eugénie Duval (Fra) France0:11:12 
8Georgia Baker (Aus) Australia0:11:26 
9Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products UCK  
10Anouska Helena Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:11:29 
11Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo0:11:31 
12Coralie Demay (Fra) France  
13Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:15:40 
14Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:15:42 
15Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
16Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro-Duo0:15:50 
17Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia0:15:57 
18Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:16:27 
19Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:16:32 
20Rossella Ratto (Ita) Italy0:16:35 
21Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Italy  
22Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy0:20:43 
23Martina Alzini (Ita) Italy0:20:49 
24Jiaqi Li (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:20:51 
25Xi Sha Zhao (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling0:24:33 
26Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
27Alexandria Nicholls (Aus) Australia0:24:41 
28Miriam Bjornsrud (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
29Ya Nan Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wiggle Honda22:49:15 
2Orica - AIS0:02:04 
3Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:09:03 
4Velocio - SRAM0:11:00 
5Ale Cipollini0:15:21 
6Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:22:32 
7France0:24:25 
8Team Liv - Plantur0:24:44 
9Hitec Products0:33:51 
10Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo0:36:12 
11Bigla Cycling Team0:40:43 
12China Chongming-Liv-Champion System0:42:40 
13Italy0:46:32 
14Australia0:47:36 
15Optum p/b Kelly Benefit0:48:22 

 

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