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February 4/15 9:53 am - Tour of Qatar: Stage 2


Posted by Editoress on 02/4/15
 

The race was expected to be one of the most spectacular stages of the Ladies’ Tour of Qatar and stage 2 indeed met expectations. Right from the opening kilometres, the favourites of the event made the best use of the wind to power off the front. The in titial break group of 16 riders dropped down to 6 in the final moments, Elen Van Dijk claimed her second stage win in the peninsula after attacking in the last kilometre. The Dutch rider also took the Golden Jersey that she had won back in 2011.

The Al Zubara Fort, a traditional venue, since the ladies first started competing in Qatar, is situated on the north-western coast, welcomed the start of the second stage of the Tour. A spectacular site for what promised to be an eventful day with the wind picking up in the early hours of the afternoon. The 85 remaining riders took off at 1:40 for the longest stage of the Tour: 112.5kms heading north to Madinat Al Shamal.

At kilometre 7, the pack, influenced by the cross wind, broke up into several groups. While the Golden Jersey, Annalisa Cucinotta (Ale Cipollini), unable to keep up with the pace was dropped, a group of 16 riders pulled away. Among the front group were Amy Pieters (Team Liv - Plantur) winner in Madinat last year, Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Honda), Emma Johansson (Orica - AIS), Elizabeth Armitstead, Eleonora Van Dijk  (both Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) and Trixi Worrack (Velocio - SRAM). Their advantage rapidly reached 50s at km 12 and continued increasing.

After a first loop around Madinat Al Shamal, the lead group crossed the finish line for the first time with a 2:55 lead. with four laps of a small circuit remaining to be covered. The leaders  then made it to the first intermediate sprint (km 72) with a 3:55 advantage and were no longer be worried about the chasing bunch. That sprint was claimed by Hosking ahead of Marta Tagliaferro (Ale Cipollini) and Johansson. Another decisive move occurred after 79 kilometres as six ladies attacked and pulled away: Hosking, Longo Borghini (both Wiggle Honda), Johansson  Armitstead, Van Dijk and Worrack. At the third crossing of the line, the 6 escapees could enjoy a 26s lead.

The second bonus sprint (4th crossing, km 99) was the scene of another intense battle: Armitstead away with 3 precious seconds ahead of Johansson and Hosking, while the cloeset group remained 1:35 adrift. In the final 13.4-km lap, despite an early solo attempt from Van Dijk, the leaders stayed bunched.

Counting on the presence of her team mate Armitstead, Elen Van Dijk gave it another go just after the final kilometre mark. Making the best of her impressive power, the Dutch rider would never be caught and made it solo to the line. She claimed her second ever stage success in Qatar with a 3s advantage over Worrack and Armitstead. Winner of the Tour of Qatar back in 2011, Van Dijk captures the overall leader’s Golden Jersey with a slim 4s lead over Armitstead. The silver jersey also changes shoulders and goes to Trixi Worrack while Italian Beatrice Bartelloni claims the Pearl White jersey for the best young rider.

Report courtesy ASO

 

Results from the second stage in Qatar

Stage 2: Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal, 112.5km
1 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 2:39:21
2 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM at 0:03
3 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
4 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS all s.t.
6 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 0:09
7 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda 1:57
8 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS
9 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
10 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM
11 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS
12 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Team France
13 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini
14 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS all s.t.
15 Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini 2:08
16 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 2:23
17 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo 11:09
18 Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
19 Roxane Fournier (Fra) Team France
20 Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
21 Brianna Walle (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
22 Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
23 Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
24 Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
25 Georgia Baker (Aus) Team Australia
26 Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM
27 Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
28 Eugénie Duval (Fra) Team France
29 Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products
30 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini
31 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
32 Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
33 Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
34 Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
35 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
36 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM
37 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS
38 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM
39 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
40 Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
41 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products
42 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda
43 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
44 Soline Lamboley (Fra) Team France
45 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Team Italy
46 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
47 Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
48 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
49 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv - Plantur
50 Kimberley Wells (Aus) Team Australia
51 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products
52 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products
53 Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
54 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team
55 Coralie Demay (Fra) Team France
56 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM
57 Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
58 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda
59 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Cycling Team
60 Joëlle Numainville (Can) Bigla Cycling Team
61 Shelley Olds (USA) Bigla Cycling Team
62 Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur all s.t.
63 Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Team Australia 11:16
64 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team s.t.
65 Martina Alzini (Ita) Team Italy 16:10
66 Xi Sha Zhao (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
67 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
68 Jiaqi Li (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
69 Alexandria Nicholls (Aus) Team Australia
70 Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Team Australia
71 Alison Tetrick (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
72 Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products
73 Doris Schweizer (Sui) Bigla Cycling Team
74 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Team France
75 Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Team Italy
76 Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini
77 Ya Nan Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
78 Claudia Cretti (Ita) Team Italy
79 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Team Italy
80 Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini
81 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Team Australia
82 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini
83 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
84 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Team Italy
85 Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products all s.t.
Sharon Laws (GBr) Bigla Cycling Team
 
GC
1 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 5:07:47
2 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team at 0:04
3 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM 0:07
4 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda s.t.
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS 0:10
6 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 0:27
7 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini 2:01
8 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda 2:07
9 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM
10 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS
11 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
12 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Team France all s.t.
13 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS 2:15
14 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS s.t.
15 Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini 2:26
16 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 2:33
17 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 11:13
18 Shelley Olds (USA) Bigla Cycling Team 11:14
19 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo 11:19
20 Roxane Fournier (Fra) Team France
21 Brianna Walle (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
22 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
23 Eugénie Duval (Fra) Team France
24 Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
25 Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
26 Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
27 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products
28 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Team Italy
29 Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
30 Georgia Baker (Aus) Team Australia
31 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
32 Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
33 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM
34 Soline Lamboley (Fra) Team France
35 Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products
36 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv - Plantur
37 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products
38 Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
39 Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur
40 Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
41 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
42 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Cycling Team
43 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini
44 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM
45 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
46 Kimberley Wells (Aus) Team Australia
47 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products all s.t.
48 Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System 11:24
49 Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 11:25
50 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM s.t.
51 Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM 11:27
52 Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
53 Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
54 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS
55 Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
56 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
57 Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
58 Coralie Demay (Fra) Team France
59 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda
60 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team
61 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda
62 Joëlle Numainville (Can) Bigla Cycling Team all s.t.
63 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 11:34
64 Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Team Australia s.t.
65 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini 16:10
66 Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini 16:20
67 Xi Sha Zhao (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
68 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Team France
69 Claudia Cretti (Ita) Team Italy
70 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Team Australia all s.t.
71 Martina Alzini (Ita) Team Italy 16:26
72 Doris Schweizer (Sui) Bigla Cycling Team s.t.
73 Jiaqi Li (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System 16:28
74 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
75 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Team Italy
76 Alison Tetrick (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
77 Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Team Australia
78 Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Team Italy
79 Alexandria Nicholls (Aus) Team Australia
80 Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products
81 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Team Italy
82 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
83 Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products
84 Ya Nan Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
85 Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini all s.t.

 

Previous stage results

Stage 1

 

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