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February 6/15 9:33 am - Tour of Qatar: Stage 4


Posted by Editoress on 02/6/15
 

Armitstead wins overall after fourth stage in Qatar

After the dominance of Kirsten Wild these last few years, Lizzie Armitstead became the first British rider to win the Ladies Tour of Qatar. After her victory at the Commonwealth Games and her UCI World Cup crown last year, the Yorkshire rider adds another prestigious title to her career. The Boels Dolmans leader triumphed in style as she claimed the final stage of the event, her second success in two days. Armitstead wins this 7th edition of the race ahead of Australia’s Chloe Hosking and Netherland’s Ellen Van Dijk.

The wind had seriously picked up for the final stage of the 7th edition of the Ladies Tour of Qatar as the 83 remaining riders (two non-starters: Mustonen and Longo Borghini) took off from the Sealine Beach Resort for a 85kms stage heading north to the Doha Corniche. All the pressure at the start was of course on the shoulders of Golden Jersey, Lizzie Armitstead (DLT) only enjoying an 8’’ advantage over her team mate Ellen Van Dijk and 9’’ over her most dangerous rival Chloe Hosking (WHT). A lot could still happen on the way to the final circuit, especially with bonus seconds up for grabs at the two intermediate sprints.

The first part of the stage was a real struggle for the riders facing a fairly strong head wind (33.2 kms covered during the first hour). Despite a few attempts, the pack remained bunched all the way to the first intermediate sprint. Led out by her Boels Dolmans sqaud, Lizzie Armitstead proved to be the fastest to the line gaining 3 precious seconds while Hosking had to settle for second ahead of Johansson (GWT). Virtually the Brit had increased her overall lead to 10’’. Just after the first battle of the day, China’s Xiu Jie Jiang (GPC) managed to break away. Like on the very first day of the event last Monday, she enjoyed her moment of glory as the gap reached 55’’ at km 47. At the first passage on the line of the final circuit her advantage had increased to reach 1’35. Not too concerned by the Chinese escapee, the pack awaited the second crossing of the line to really start reacting. Indeed Jiang was gobbled up by the hungry pack just before the penultimate lap. Time had indeed come for the second bonus spint. This time it was Hosking’s turn to hit back as she claimed maximum points and seconds ahead of her team mate D’Hoore (WHT) and Armitstead. Virtually, Hosking had moved back within 8’’ of her overall rival.

Despite a few breakaway attempts, immediately chased, the pack remained bunched all the way to the final straght. The expected sprinting battle took place but once again there wasn’t much anyone could do against Armitstead. The Brit indeed powered to the line only just beating Hosking and Italy’s Barbara Guarischi (VEL). By cliaming her second consecutive win, she comforted her overall lead and claimed her first ever Ladies Tour of Qatar. Armitstead wins the event with a 12” advantage over Hosking and 22” over Van Dijk.

As well as the Golden Jersey, Armitstead also conquers the Silver Jersey (points classification) while Beatrice Bartelloni (ALE) finishes best young rider of the event and Wiggle Honda claims the title of best team. 

Courtesy ASO

 

Results from the fourth stage in Qatar

Stage 4: Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche, 85 km
1 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 2:24:15
2 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda
3 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM
4 Roxane Fournier (Fra) Team France
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS
6 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
7 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
8 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Team Italy
9 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Team France
10 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM
11 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
12 Kimberley Wells (Aus) Team Australia
13 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
14 Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini
15 Soline Lamboley (Fra) Team France
16 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini
17 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
18 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Team France
19 Brianna Walle (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
20 Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
21 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Cycling Team
22 Shelley Olds (USA) Bigla Cycling Team
23 Martina Alzini (Ita) Team Italy
24 Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
25 Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
26 Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
27 Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
28 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
29 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
30 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM
31 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products
32 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
33 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
34 Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products
35 Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
36 Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
37 Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
38 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS
39 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda
40 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini
41 Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
42 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
43 Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
44 Jiaqi Li (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
45 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products
46 Coralie Demay (Fra) Team France
47 Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur
48 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS
49 Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
50 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
51 Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM
52 Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini
53 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM
54 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
55 Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
56 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
57 Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Team Australia
58 Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products
59 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products
60 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM
61 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS
62 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda
63 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Team Italy
64 Eugénie Duval (Fra) Team France
65 Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Team Italy
66 Alison Tetrick (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
67 Alexandria Nicholls (Aus) Team Australia
68 Claudia Cretti (Ita) Team Italy
69 Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Team Australia
70 Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini
71 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team
72 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS all s.t.
73 Ya Nan Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System 00:00:13
74 Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products 00:00:20
75 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Team Australia
76 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Team Italy
77 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda
78 Doris Schweizer (Sui) Bigla Cycling Team
79 Georgia Baker (Aus) Team Australia all s.t.
80 Joëlle Numainville (Can) Bigla Cycling Team 0:24
81 Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System 0:26
82 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini 0:00
DNF Xi Sha Zhao (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System
DNS Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv - Plantur
DNS Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
 
Final GC
1 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 9:59:25
2 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda at 0:12
3 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:22
4 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM 0:29
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS 0:30
6 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda 2:26
7 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM 2:29
8 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Team France
9 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur s.t.
10 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS 2:37
11 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS s.t.
12 Béatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini 2:48
13 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 2:51
14 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS s.t.
15 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini 4:39
16 Shelley Olds (USA) Bigla Cycling Team 11:30
17 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 11:33
18 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM 11:37
19 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo 11:41
20 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Team Italy
21 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
22 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products
23 Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
24 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini
25 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
26 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
27 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM
28 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products all s.t.
29 Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 11:56
30 Soline Lamboley (Fra) Team France 12:01
31 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM 12:19
32 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda 12:39
33 Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System 13:57
34 Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo s.t.
35 Eugénie Duval (Fra) Team France 14:00
36 Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 14:11
37 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Cycling Team s.t.
38 Brianna Walle (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 14:14
39 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
40 Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products
41 Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur all s.t.
42 Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 14:17
43 Steffy Van Den Haute (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo 14:19
44 Coralie Demay (Fra) Team France s.t.
45 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS 14:22
46 Xiu Jie Jiang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System 14:31
47 Georgia Baker (Aus) Team Australia 14:34
48 Wan Tong Wang (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System 18:28
49 Roxane Fournier (Fra) Team France 18:30
50 Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
51 Kimberley Wells (Aus) Team Australia
52 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products
53 Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur all s.t.
54 Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo 18:38
55 Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM
56 Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
57 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo
58 Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur
59 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda
60 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team all s.t.
61 Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Team Australia 18:45
62 Joëlle Numainville (Can) Bigla Cycling Team 19:02
63 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini 19:05
64 Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini 19:15
65 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur 19:20
66 Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Team Italy 19:23
67 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Team Italy 19:43
68 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Team France 23:31
69 Claudia Cretti (Ita) Team Italy s.t.
70 Martina Alzini (Ita) Team Italy 23:37
71 Jiaqi Li (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System 23:39
72 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies s.t.
73 Doris Schweizer (Sui) Bigla Cycling Team 23:57
74 Alison Tetrick (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 27:29
75 Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products
76 Alexandria Nicholls (Aus) Team Australia
77 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Team Italy
78 Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini all s.t.
79 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Team Australia 27:41
80 Ya Nan Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System 27:42
81 Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Team Australia 27:49
82 Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products s.t.

 

 

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