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1st Women’s Tour of Qatar - Stage 3
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 2/10/2009
1st Women’s Tour of Qatar - Stage 3
 

1st Women’s Tour of Qatar - Stage 3
Wild in Qatar! Kirsten Wild (Cervelo TestTeam) made history today by winning the first Ladies Tour of Qatar. Bronzini doubles on final stage.

The final stage went, just as the openings stage, to Italian Giorgia Bronzini. Bronzini was the fastest in the bunch sprint ahead of Rochelle Gilmore and Kirsten Wild. In the final ranking Wild had a 4 seconds lead over Bronzini and 21 seconds over Kirsty Broun.

 


Stage 3 finish: Titalian Giorgia Bronzini had  the fastest legs winning her second stage, followed by Australian Rochelle Gilmore and G.C. winner Kirsten Wild. Photo © 2009 womenscycling.net

The final stage took the girls from the Camel Race Track to Al Khor Corniche over 109 km. In the first part of the race the pack stayed together and Kirsten Wild won the first intermediate sprint ahead of Broun and De Goede. In spite of  several attempts for escapes, the bunch stayed together until kilometer 64 when Katharine Carroll (USA) attacked. Carroll who attacked as well in stage two stayed in front for two kilometers.

Immediately when the wind was in favor the riders set up some echelons and the bunch broke into several parts. None of the favorites missed the break that went off the front.  At kilometer 74 the first peloton of about 40 riders quickly gained a lead of more than one minute on the dropped riders. At km 80 it was Italian talent Marta Tagliaferro who broke clear from the bunch. She got a maximum gap of 28 seconds but was caught with less than 25 kilometers go.

At the second intermediate sprint it was race leader Wild who once again, gained the advantage on her competitors by taking the three seconds bonus, followed by Giorgia Bronzini and Kirsty Broun.

Deep in the final kilometers, Lauren Tamayo (Franges) placed un ultimate attack. With 4 kilometers to go her gap was up to about 30 seconds and it looked like it was the decisive move. But in the final straight to the finish Tamayo was chased down and the stage ended up in a bunch sprint which was easily won by Giorgia Bronzini.
The points jersey and the Best Young rider jersey went to the Netherlands with respectively, Kirsten Wild (Cervelo) and Ellen van Dijk (Columbia Women). The teams classification was won by the Dutch Team Flexpoint.


CerveloTest team on the podium with Kirsten Wild in Gold.
Photo © 2009 womenscycling.net

Team comments
Cervélo TestTeam
Qatar Goes to Wild

26-year-old Kirsten Wild (NED) insured in today's third and final stage for the ladies Tour of Qatar the first victory in this season for the ladies from the Cervélo TestTeam.

Kirsten Wild claimed victory in the overall ranking 4 seconds ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) and 21 seconds ahead of Kirsty Broun (AUS). This amazing success of Wild was accomplished by  great team work of the entire six riders (R. Bruins, L. Decroix, S. Duester, P. Schnider, P. Schwager and K. Wild) from the Cervélo TestTeam.


Kirsten Wild in the gold leaders jersey enters the record books as the winner of the first Women's Tour of Qatar. Photo © 2009 womenscycling.net

In today's stage over 109 km from Camel Race Track to Al Khor Cornichethe Cervélo TestTeam controlled the field and launched intermediate sprints and the final sprint for Kirsten Wild. Wild took the maximum points at both intermediate sprints (each 3 points) and crossed the finish line in third with the same time behind the winner of the day Giorgia Bonzini (ITA) and the runner up Rochelle Gilmore (AUS).

The points ranking of the silver jersey allowed Wild to capture it with a total 93 points. In the overall young riders category Regina Bruins in finished third position and in the overall Team ranking, the Cervélo TestTeam took the second place, 36 seconds behind the winning Team Flexpoint.

In total, the inaugural Tour of Qatar was a great success for the ladies team of the Cervélo TestTeam by taking the overall victory, the points ranking win and two podium places in the stages.

Columbia/Highroad
Van Dijk Claims  Women's First Stage Race Success

New Columbia-Highroad women’s team rider Ellen Van Dijk has secured the Best Young Rider prize in the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday - the team’s first classification win in their first stage race of the season. Van Dijk’s consistency after taking the jersey on the first day when she made it into the front group of 21 riders: she finally ended the race in fourth place overall and the best Columbia- Highroad finisher.

“I think everybody was a little bit tired on the last stage and no one team had the strength to open the race up. Ultimately that helped me,” Van Dijk commented.

The last stage from the Camel Race Track to the Al Khor peninsula was a tense affair for the young Dutchwoman, when she was caught on the wrong side of a split in the final hour. But she finally crossed the line in sixth place, in the same time as stage winner Giorgia Bronzini of Italy.

“The bunch split apart with about 10 kilometres to go and I was right at the back when that happened so I had to get pass seven groups,” she explained. “That was a really hard effort, but I knew I had to make it to the front. Then [Team] Flexpoint split the bunch and after it regrouped slightly I attacked with 800 metres to go. I didn’t think I could win the sprint so I just went for all or nothing. The headwind was very strong and I couldn’t stay away, but at least I got the Best Young Rider’s jersey.”

an Dijk now heads to the World Cup track event in Denmark this weekend from February 13- 15th, and then goes on to the track World Championships in Poland from March 25th - 29th.

“I won’t be doing much road racing for a while but I got a good result here in Qatar. I feel great in my new team, they worked really well for me. It was a bit odd because I thought I should work for my team-mates here in Qatar as I was the new rider. But then it turned out the other way. All in all, a good start to the year for me.”

1rst Women's Tour of Qatar Result Stage 3:
Camel Race Track - Al Khor Corniche
109 km - 2:40:18

1. Bronzini Giorgia 91 Italy 2h 40' 18"
2. Gilmore Rochelle 131 Lotto-Belisol 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
3. Wild Kirsten 11 Cervelo Test Team 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
4. Bras Martine 61 Selle Italia-Ghezzi 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
5. Schleicher Regina Nürnberger Versich. 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"

6. Van Dijk Ellen 5 Team Columbia Women 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
7. Tamayo Lauren 76 Usa 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
8. Presti Gloria 65 Selle Italia-Ghezzi 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
9. Broun Kirsty 82 Australia 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
10. Jaunatre Marina 113 France 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
11. Melchers-Van Poppel M. Team Flexpoint 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
12. Bagdonaviciute Agne Selle Italia 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
13. Markerink Loes 43 Team Flexpoint 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
14. Soldo Eleonora 95 Italy 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
15. Cantele Noemi 51 Bigla Cycling Team 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
16. Verbeke Grace 136 Lotto-Belisol 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
17. Tagliaferro Marta 96 Italy 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
18. Brändli Nicole 53 Bigla Cycling Team 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
19. Borchi Alessandra 92 Italy 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
20. Liu Xin 102 Giant Pro Cycling 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
21. Hohl Jennifer 54 Bigla Cycling Team 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
22. Burger Lynette 122 South Africa 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
23. Ferrier-Bruneau Christelle 111 France 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
24. De Goede Suzanne Nürnberger Versich. 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
25. Andreasson Veronica Bigla Cycling Team 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
26. Van De Ree Monique 34 Team Leontien.Nl 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
27. Kuhn Bettina 56 Bigla Cycling Team 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
28. Holler Monica 55 Bigla Cycling Team 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
29. Brennauer Lisa Nürnberger Versich. 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"
30. Kitchen Lauren 84 Australia 2h 40' 18" + 00' 00"

Final General Classification
1. Wild Kirsten 11 Cervelo Test Team 7h 56' 21"
2. Bronzini Giorgia 91 Italy 7h 56' 25" + 00' 04"
3. Broun Kirsty 82 Australia 7h 56' 42" + 00' 21"
4. Van Dijk Ellen 5 Team Columbia Women 7h 56' 45" + 00' 24"
5. Melchers-Van Poppel M. Team Flexpoint 7h 56' 52" + 00' 31"
6. De Goede Suzanne Nürnberger Versich. 7h 56' 53" + 00' 32"
7. Bras Martine 61 Selle Italia-Ghezzi 7h 56' 54" + 00' 33"
8. Gunnewijk Loes 42 Team Flexpoint 7h 56' 54" + 00' 33"
9. Jaunatre Marina 113 France 7h 56' 55" + 00' 34"
10. Cantele Noemi 51 Bigla Cycling Team 7h 56' 55" + 00' 34"
11. Brändli Nicole 53 Bigla Cycling Team 7h 56' 55" + 00' 34"
12. Ljungskog Susanne 41 Team Flexpoint 7h 56' 55" + 00' 34"
13. Borchi Alessandra 92 Italy 7h 57' 15" + 00' 54"
14. Bruins Regina 12 Cervelo Test Team 7h 57' 15" + 00' 54"
15. Carroll Katharine 72 Usa 7h 57' 17" + 00' 56"
16. Beltman Chantal 3 Team Columbia Women 7h 57' 25" + 01' 04"
17. Düster Sarah 14 Cervelo Test Team 7h 57' 40" + 01' 19"
18. Van De Ree Monique 34 Team Leontien.Nl 7h 58' 06" + 01' 45"
19. Schmidt Trine 45 Team Flexpoint 7h 58' 06" + 01' 45"
20. Bagdonaviciute Agne 62 Selle Italia 7h 58' 14" + 01' 53"
21. Tamayo Lauren 76 Usa 7h 58' 14" + 01' 53"
22. Ferrier-Bruneau Christelle 111 France 7h 58' 14" + 01' 53"
23. Decroix Lieselot 13 Cervelo Test Team 7h 58' 14" + 01' 53"
24. Becker Christina Nürnberger Versich. 7h 58' 40" + 02' 19"
25. Bates Katherine Team Columbia Women 7h 59' 20" + 02' 59"
26. Huisman Marit 33 Team Leontien.Nl 7h 59' 20" + 02' 59"
27. Mullens Peta 85 Australia 7h 59' 25" + 03' 04"
28. Mattis Katheryn 71 Usa 8h 00' 02" + 03' 41"
29. De Groot Robyn 123 South Africa 8h 01' 54" + 05' 33"
30. Miller Brooke 74 Usa 8h 04' 07" + 07' 46"
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