Wild wins Ladies Tour of Qatar opening stage

Cucinotta and Williams make podium

The Ladies Tour of Qatar can sometimes seem a simple race. Ninety riders compete in the desert for three hours and at the end, Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) always wins the sprint.

That’s not strictly true, of course, but there was certainly a familiar ring to the opening stage of the 2016 event as Wild overpowered Annalisa Cucinotta (Alé-Cipollini) and Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS) in the finishing sprint at Qatar University to claim the first gold jersey of the race.

Wild’s running tally of stage wins in Qatar over the years now stands at 10 out of a possible 18. Only once has she failed to finish a stage in the top six (for the record, she was 19th on the opening stage in 2010) and Wild has, of course, claimed overall victory on four occasions.

“It’s not easy. Maybe it looks easy but it’s really hard racing. My heart rate was over 200 bpm in the sprint,” Wild insisted after descending from the podium on Tuesday. “My team helped me really and that makes it easier of course.”

Wild’s victory places her back in the gold jersey of race leader and will also serve, she hopes, as something of an augury for October’s World Championship road race in Qatar, given that Tuesday’s stage doubled as the Worlds test event.

The peloton tackled the initial loop of 80 kilometres of desert roads that will feature on the Worlds course, and then raced one lap of the 15-kilometre finishing circuit on the artificial island of the Pearl, before coming back off the course for the final seven-kilometre run-in to the finish.

The relative absence of wind made for a low-key opening hour of racing, which was run off at 38.6kph and failed to produce so much as a single successful breakaway attempt. The pace picked up, however, on the approach to the opening intermediate sprint at Rawdat Al Ajouz, and a crash in the peloton would briefly break up the race.

Wild duly claimed the honours in the sprint, ahead of Hosking and Marta Tagliaferro (Alé-Cipollini) and the Dutchwoman was happy for the peloton to regroup shortly afterwards, given that a number of her Hitec Products teammates had been held up in the incident.

Pearl

The speed picked up as the peloton turned back towards Doha and the finishing circuit of the Worlds, but the bunch remained effectively intact until it reached the Pearl, where Chloe McConville (Orica-AIS) launched a solo attack that would be snuffed out soon afterwards.

The sinuous nature of the Pearl circuit contributed to an understandable degree of caution in the peloton, and the spectacle may well have been enhanced had the riders been able to tackle multiple laps as the men will do at next week’s Tour of Qatar.

The second intermediate sprint, on the very finish line of October’s Worlds, was keenly contested, however, with Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) beating Hosking and Tagliaferro in the hunt for bonus seconds.

Hosking, in particular, may well have paid a price for her efforts in that sprint, which came inside the final ten kilometres of racing. The Australian, second overall a year ago, has been widely-tipped as the rider most likely to deny Wild the spoils in Qatar this week, but she had to settle for 17th in the bunch finish.

“It was really chaotic. I’d used a lot of energy in that second intermediate sprint and that was only nine kilometres from the finish,” Hosking admitted. “But hopefully it will be better in the next couple of days.”

Wild, by contrast, had opted out of the second intermediate sprint, preferring to keep her powder dry for the finale. “I decided that if I was in a position to get seconds easily, I’d go for it, but if I wasn’t in a good position I’d let it go,” she explained afterwards. “I wasn’t in the very best position so I said I’d save my energy for the final sprint.”

The long, long finishing straight at Qatar University proved perfectly-suited to Wild’s powerful brand of sprinting, and she was ultimately a comfortable winner ahead of Cucinotta, Williams, Blaak and Shelley Olds (Cylance).

Though there are more trying days yet to come – the race ought to split in the crosswinds on stage 3 to Madinat Al Shamal – there was a sense that Wild has placed a sizeable down payment on a fifth overall victory thanks to her haul of bonus seconds.

Wild leads Cucinotta by seven seconds on general classification, while Williams and Hosking trail her by nine seconds. Hosking was frank in her appraisal of the situation. “It’s not terrible,” she said. “It’s not how I’d liked to have started either, but we’ll work on it from here.”

Wild, meanwhile, was adamant that nothing was ever decided on the opening day of the Ladies Tour of Qatar. After all, she bounced back from that 19th place finish on the corresponding stage six years ago to claim final overall victory

“Of course it’s a good start but the finish is far off and there are still three stages to go,” Wild said. “But this is a nice start and we’re really happy with the jersey. We’ll see.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products2:19:04 
2Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
3Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
4Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
5Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
6Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
7Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
8Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
9Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
10Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
11Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
12Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
13Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
14Anouska Koster (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
15Diana Penuela Martinez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
16Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
17Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5  
18Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
19Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
20Elise Delzenne (Fra) France  
21Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
22Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
23Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
24Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
25Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
26Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
27Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5  
28Chloe Mc Conville (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
29Yue Bai (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
30Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia  
31Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Italy  
32Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
33Shara Gillow (Aus) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
34Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Australia  
35Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
36Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
37Eugénie Duval (Fra) France  
38Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
39Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
40Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini  
41Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
42Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
43Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
44Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
45Yixian Pu (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
46Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
47Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
48Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
49Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Italy  
50Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
51Anna Stricker (Ita) Italy  
52Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
53Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
54Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
55Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
56Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
57Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
58Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
59Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
60Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
61Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
62Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
63Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
64Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia  
65Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
66Lucinda Brand (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
67Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
68Hayley Simmonds (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
69Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
70Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
71Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
72Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
73Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
74Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
75Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:00:17 
76Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia  
77Coralie Demay (Fra) France  
78Eileen Roe (GBr) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
79Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
80Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:40 
81Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
82Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:51 
83Xue Sun (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System0:01:05 
84Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:07 
85Fanny Riberot (Fra) France0:01:40 
86Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:03:14 
87Doris Schweizer SWI Cylance Pro Cycling  
88Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
89Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
90Qialon Chen (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
Rawdat Al Ajouz - 39.0 KM
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products3 pts
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High52 
3Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini1 
West Bay Lagoon - 71.0 KM
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam3 pts
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High52 
3Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini1 
Qatar University- 97.0 KM
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products15 pts
2Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini12 
3Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge9 
4Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam7 
5Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling6 
6Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy5 
7Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team4 
8Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing3 
9Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge2 
10Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur1 
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orica-AIS6:57:12 
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
3Italy  
4Ale Cipollini  
5Canyon-SRAM Racing  
6Wiggle-High5  
7France  
8RaboLiv Women's Cycling Team  
9Hitech Products  
10Liv-Plantur  
11UniteadHealthcare  
12Lares - Waowdeals  
13Chongming-Liv-Champion Systems  
14Cylance Pro Cycling  
15Australia  
Youth Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy2:19:04 
2Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
3Anouska Koster (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
4Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
5Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
6Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Italy  
7Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
8Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Australia  
9Eugénie Duval (Fra) France  
10Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
11Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Italy  
12Anna Stricker (Ita) Italy  
13Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
14Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia  
15Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
16Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
17Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
18Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
19Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
20Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
21Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:00:17 
22Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:40 
23Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:51 
24Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:03:14 
25Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
26Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
27Qialon Chen (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products2:18:51 
2Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini0:00:07 
3Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:09 
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5  
5Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:10 
6Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini0:00:11 
7Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:13 
8Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
9Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
10Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
11Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
12Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
13Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy  
14Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
15Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
16Anouska Koster (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
17Diana Penuela Martinez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
18Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
19Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
20Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
21Elise Delzenne (Fra) France  
22Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
23Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
24Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
25Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
26Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
27Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5  
28Chloe Mc Conville (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
29Yue Bai (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
30Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia  
31Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Italy  
32Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
33Shara Gillow (Aus) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
34Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Australia  
35Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
36Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
37Eugénie Duval (Fra) France  
38Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
39Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
40Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini  
41Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
42Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
43Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
44Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
45Yixian Pu (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
46Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
47Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
48Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
49Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Italy  
50Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
51Anna Stricker (Ita) Italy  
52Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
53Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
54Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
55Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
56Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
57Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
58Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
59Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
60Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
61Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
62Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
63Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
64Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia  
65Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
66Lucinda Brand (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
67Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
68Hayley Simmonds (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
69Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
70Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
71Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
72Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
73Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
74Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
75Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:00:30 
76Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia  
77Coralie Demay (Fra) France  
78Eileen Roe (GBr) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
79Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
80Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:53 
81Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
82Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:01:04 
83Xue Sun (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System0:01:18 
84Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:20 
85Fanny Riberot (Fra) France0:01:53 
86Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:03:27 
87Doris Schweizer SWI Cylance Pro Cycling  
88Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
89Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
90Qialon Chen (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products18 pts
2Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini12 
3Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam10 
4Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge9 
5Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling6 
6Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy5 
7Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High54 
8Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team4 
9Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing3 
10Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini2 
11Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge2 
12Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur1 
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orica-AIS6:57:12 
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
3Italy  
4Ale Cipollini  
5Canyon-SRAM Racing  
6Wiggle-High5  
7France  
8RaboLiv Women's Cycling Team  
9Hitech Products  
10Liv-Plantur  
11UniteadHealthcare  
12Lares - Waowdeals  
13Chongming-Liv-Champion Systems  
14Cylance Pro Cycling  
15Australia  
Youth Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy2:19:04 
2Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
3Anouska Koster (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
4Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
5Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
6Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Italy  
7Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
8Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Australia  
9Eugénie Duval (Fra) France  
10Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
11Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Italy  
12Anna Stricker (Ita) Italy  
13Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
14Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia  
15Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
16Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
17Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
18Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
19Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
20Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
21Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:00:17 
22Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:40 
23Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:51 
24Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:03:14 
25Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
26Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
27Qialon Chen (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  

 

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