Garfoot wins stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar

Orica-AIS rider takes solo victory

What a big difference a little wind can make. If Tuesday’s bunch finish opener had been the Ladies Tour of Qatar at its most straightforward, then stage two to Al Khor Corniche saw the race at its attritional best, as Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) soloed into the gold jersey and overnight leader Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) lost almost four minutes and all hope of final overall victory on a day of crosswinds, crashes and mechanical problems.

The stage descended into something resembling hand-to-hand combat from the moment the race swung right and into a crosswind after 48 kilometres, and there was scarcely any respite from there all the way to the finish, as the peloton splintered into shards.

The on-form Garfoot, winner of last month’s Santos Women’s Tour, missed the initial 11-strong echelon on the front, but she was quickly back up to speed as part of the chasing group that saw it swell to 26 riders. From there, the Australian scarcely put a pedal stroke out of place, first tracking a dangerous move from Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) inside the final 30 kilometres, and then making the final 10-rider selection in the finale.

Garfoot was present and correct once again when she drifted off the front in the company of Trixi Worrack (Canyon Sram Racing), Amy Pieters (Wiggle-High5) and Romy Kasper (Boels-Dolmans) with three kilometres remaining, and she proceeded to press clear alone once in the outskirts of the fishing town of Al Khor.

“When I turned around, no one was there, so if I went for it and they didn’t seem to chase. No one wanted to chase. That was it – head down and go for it, and either I made it or I didn’t,” Garfoot told reporters after claiming a solo victory. “So I’m pretty stoked.”

Worrack pipped Pieters in the sprint for second place 13 seconds later, while Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) led a group containing Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans), Longo Borghini and Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-Sram) home a shade under a minute down.

Although there are still two stages to come, including a finishing circuit on stage 3 notorious for crosswinds, the battle for overall honours may well have been reduced to just Garfoot, Worrack, Pieters and Kasper. One certainty is that the pre-race favourite Wild will not claim a fifth Ladies Tour of Qatar title.

Wild was surprisingly caught out by the first split after 48 kilometres, and her efforts to chase back on were dealt an irreparable blow when she suffered a broken derailleur after a wheel touched against her rear mech.

Two minutes down by the time she had received a bike change, Wild’s day became an exercise in damage limitation, but worse was to follow. With a shade over 30 kilometres to go, she was brought down by a crash in the main peloton, suffering bruises to her elbow, knee and face, though mercifully she was able to complete the stage, rolling home as part of a group that finished 3:51 down on Garfoot.

Slow start

The peloton set out from the start at Sheikh Faisal Museum beneath slate grey skies more in keeping with Jacques Brel’s Plat Pays than the Gulf, and tackled a seemingly interminable false flat and a firm headwind during the first hour of racing.

Undeterred by that road to nowhere, which appeared to fade into the haze before them, Alexandra Nessmar (Lares-Waowdeals) and Yue Bai (China Chongming-Liv) forged clear and built up a lead of two minutes, only to be pegged back just after the first intermediate sprint at a Tour of Qatar staple, the Sub Station. Immediately afterwards, the road swung right into a crosswind, and in a matter of minutes, the 2016 Ladies Tour of Qatar was turned on its head.

A determined group of 11 riders, powered by a strong Canyon-Sram delegation but also including Hosking, Long Borghini and Shelley Olds (Cylance), forged clear amid the chaos. Wild was among those to miss the split and her day would only get worse from there. When the leading group swelled to 26 riders after 60 kilometres, they immediately found common cause in the bid to ensure there would be no way back for Wild.

“There was no one dominant team that hit the corner first. I think Canyon just had the most riders there and I think a lot of teams just got caught out, like Hitec,” Hosking said. “Everybody was rolling, because it was a really good situation for pretty much everyone in the race with Wild not being there.”

The alliance of circumstance would continue as a tailwind puffed them towards the coast, though that unity would dissolve once again the race hit the final crosswind section, and only ten remained in contention come the finale.

From that position, Garfoot’s remarkable early season form proved telling, as she powered to the stage win and into the gold jersey. She leads Worrack by 17 seconds, Pieters by 19 and Kasper by 23, while Hosking and Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) are the best of the rest, but more than a minute down.

“I’m not sure what our plans will be because I didn’t expect to wear this,” Garfoot said of her approach to defending her jersey. “I will think about it when I get back to the hotel and chat with the team. We’ve got more cards to play.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge3:07:13 
2Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:13 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5  
4Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
5Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High50:00:58 
6Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
7Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
9Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
10Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
11Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:01:44 
12Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
13Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
14Anouska Koster (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
15Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
16Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
17Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
18Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
19Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Australia0:01:48 
20Shara Gillow (Aus) Raboliv Women Cycling Team0:01:50 
21Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
22Eileen Roe (GBr) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
23Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
24Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
25Lucinda Brand (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
26Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
27Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur0:02:47 
28Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
29Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
30Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
31Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
32Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
33Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:03:51 
34Eugénie Duval (Fra) France  
35Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Italy  
36Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
37Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
38Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Italy  
39Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
40Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
41Yixian Pu (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
42Chloe Mc Conville (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
43Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
44Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
45Yue Bai (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
46Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
47Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
48Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
49Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini  
50Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
51Qialon Chen (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
52Elise Delzenne (Fra) France  
53Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
54Hayley Simmonds (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
55Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
56Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
57Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
58Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
59Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia  
60Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
61Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
62Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
63Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
64Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
65Xue Sun (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
66Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
67Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cyclng  
68Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
69Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
70Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
71Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
72Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products  
73Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
74Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
75Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
76Anna Stricker (Ita) Italy0:03:59 
77Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia0:11:29 
78Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
79Diana Penuela Martinez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
80Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
81Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
82Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia  
83Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:17:03 
84Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
85Fanny Riberot (Fra) France0:25:45 
86Coralie Demay (Fra) France  
87Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:28:03 
88Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
DNFDoris Schweizer (Sui) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFCecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
Sub Station - 46.0 KM
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yue Bai (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System3 pts
2Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team2 
3Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team1 
Ras Laffan - 92.0 KM
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling3 pts
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High52 
3Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge1 
Al Khor Corniche - 120.0 KM
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge15 pts
2Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing12 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High59 
4Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam7 
5Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High56 
6Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam5 
7Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing4 
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High53 
9Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge2 
10Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing1 
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wiggle High59:23:48 
2Canyon Sram Racing  
3Orica - Ais0:00:33 
4Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:49 
5Raboliv Womencyclingteam0:03:15 
6Team Liv - Plantur0:04:12 
7Ale Cipollini0:05:16 
8Lares - Waowdeals  
9Cylance Pro Cycling0:07:17 
10Unitedhealthcare0:08:20 
11Hitec Products  
12Italy0:09:24 
13China Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
14France  
15Australia0:14:59 
Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur3:08:57 
2Anouska Koster (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
3Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Australia0:00:04 
4Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team0:00:06 
5Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:02:07 
6Eugénie Duval (Fra) France  
7Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Italy  
8Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Italy  
9Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
10Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
11Qialon Chen (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
12Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
13Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia  
14Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
15Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
16Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
17Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
18Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
19Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
20Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
21Anna Stricker (Ita) Italy0:02:15 
22Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:09:45 
23Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
24Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
25Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:15:19 
26Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:26:19 
27Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
General Classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge5:26:07 
2Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:17 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High50:00:19 
4Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:23 
5Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High50:01:02 
6Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:07 
7Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing0:01:08 
8Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
9Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
10Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
11Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:50 
12Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:51 
13Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini0:01:52 
14Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:01:54 
15Anouska Koster (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
16Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
17Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
18Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
19Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Australia0:01:58 
20Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini0:02:00 
21Shara Gillow (Aus) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
22Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
23Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
24Lucinda Brand (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
25Eileen Roe (GBr) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:02:17 
26Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:02:40 
27Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:02:54 
28Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:02:57 
29Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
30Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
31Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
32Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
33Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products0:03:48 
34Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini0:03:55 
35Yue Bai (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System0:03:58 
36Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:04:01 
37Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
38Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
39Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
40Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Italy  
41Chloe Mc Conville (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
42Eugénie Duval (Fra) France  
43Elise Delzenne (Fra) France  
44Roxane Fournier (Fra) France  
45Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
46Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy  
47Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
48Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team  
49Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Italy  
50Yixian Pu (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
51Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
52Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini  
53Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
54Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
55Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
56Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
57Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
58Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
59Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
60Hayley Simmonds (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
61Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia  
62Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
63Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
64Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
65Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
66Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
67Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
68Anna Stricker (Ita) Italy0:04:09 
69Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:04:18 
70Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:04:40 
71Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:04:41 
72Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:04:52 
73Xue Sun (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System0:05:06 
74Qialon Chen (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System0:07:15 
75Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
76Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
77Diana Penuela Martinez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:11:39 
78Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia  
79Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
80Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
81Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia0:11:56 
82Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
83Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:17:13 
84Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:18:20 
85Coralie Demay (Fra) France0:26:12 
86Fanny Riberot (Fra) France0:27:35 
87Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:28:13 
88Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:31:25 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products18 pts
2Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge17 
3Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing12 
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High512 
5Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini12 
6Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam10 
7Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling9 
8Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High59 
9Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge9 
10Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam7 
11Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing7 
12Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam5 
13Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy5 
14Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team4 
15Yue Bai (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System3 
16Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge3 
17Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High53 
18Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini2 
19Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team2 
20Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing1 
21Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur1 
22Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team1 
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wiggle-High516:21:00 
2Canyon Sram Racing  
3Orica-Ais0:00:33 
4Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:49 
5RaboLiv Women Cycling Team0:03:15 
6Team Liv - Plantur0:04:12 
7Ale Cipollini0:05:16 
8Lares - Waowdeals  
9Cylance Pro Cycling0:07:17 
10Hitec Products0:08:20 
11Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
12Italy0:09:24 
13France  
14Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
15Australia0:14:59 
Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anouska Koster (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team5:28:01 
2Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
3Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Australia0:00:04 
4Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team0:00:06 
5Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy0:02:07 
6Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
7Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Italy  
8Eugénie Duval (Fra) France  
9Claudia Cretti (Ita) Italy  
10Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Italy  
11Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System  
12Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia  
13Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
14Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
15Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
16Anna Stricker (Ita) Italy0:02:15 
17Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:02:47 
18Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:02:58 
19Qialon Chen (Chn) China-Chongming-Liv-Champion System0:05:21 
20Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
21Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
22Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing0:09:45 
23Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
24Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:10:02 
25Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:15:19 
26Shana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:26:19 
27Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:29:31 

 

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