Charlotte Kool beats old teammate Wiebes to win stage 1 of UAE Tour Women

Charlotte Kool (Team DSM) has proven herself to be a world-class sprinter, winning stage 1 of the UAE Tour Women against the rider she was leading out last season, Lorena Wiebes (Team SD Worx).

The stage had promised crosswind action, but the wind wasn't strong enough to force echelons. There were a number of crashes, including two within the last four kilometres, but the peloton came onto the 750-metre finishing straight for a mass sprint. 

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.

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