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Ladies Tour of Qatar: Van Dijk dedicates win to Carla Swart
 
By Imelda March
Date: 2/3/2011
Ladies Tour of Qatar: Van Dijk dedicates win to Carla Swart
 
HTC-Highroad women powered to a win in stage two of Qatar today with Ellen Van Dijk taking out the sprint from a small breakaway group and moving into the overall lead. Her teammate Charlotte Becker moved into second place overall and the team now has a 15 second lead over the next best rider.

The team woke in the morning to strong winds which encouraged them to go out on the attack. "I'm from Holland so I'm used to a bit of wind. This was a lot of wind and we wanted to make the most of it," explained Van Dijk.

Van Dijk and her teammates forced the pace in the crosswinds and formed a break of eight riders. She was joined by three of her teammates including fellow Dutchwoman Adrie Visser, Charlotte Becker and Chloe Hosking as well as three riders from Garmin Cervelo and Loes Gunnewijk from Nederland Bloeit.

"Unfortunately we lost our sprinter Chloe to a puncture but we still had three in the break. The girls helped me get the intermediate time bonus sprints and worked really hard to make the break work so that I could sprint at the finish."

Ellen Van Dijk (HTC-HighRoad) taking the win at the Ladies Tour of Qatar. (left rider)
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The group finished two minutes ahead of the main bunch.

"For me this was absolutely great," said team director Jens Zemke. "It's my first race with the team and it's nice to start this way. The girls were prepared to come here to win. We had a very good training camp in Mallorca last week and the girls were really motivated.

"We knew there would be a strong cross wind after the first sprint. We had checked out the spot on the course before the race and they followed the plan perfectly. They ended up with the race lead, the team GC lead, the pointís jersey and the young riders jersey."

"It's not over yet. We still have to defend tomorrow but we are motivated, "Zemke added.

Dedicating the win to teammate Van Dijk said, "I'd like to dedicate this win to our teammate Carla Swart who passed away two weeks ago. She died in an accident and it's really sad and very hard for us all and we wanted to win for her here." A funeral was held in South Africa for Carla today and a memorial service will be held next week in her U.S. home of Banner Elk, North Carolina.

In memory of Carla Swart

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RACE RESULTS

Place, Rider Name, Bib #, Team

1 VAN DIJK Ellen, 21, HTC HIGHROAD
2 BECKER Charlotte, 22, HTC HIGHROAD
3 SLAPPENDEL Iris, 56, GARMIN-CERVELO
4 VISSER Adriana, 26, HTC HIGHROAD
5 RHODES Alexis, 54, GARMIN-CERVELO
6 GUNNEWIJK Loes, 41, NEDERLAND BLOEIT
7 SCHMIDT Trine, 55, GARMIN-CERVELO
8 GILMORE Rochelle,71, LOTTO HONDA TEAM
9 BRONZINI Giorgia, 1, ITALY
10 HOSKING Chloe, 24,HTC HIGHROAD
11 BRAS Martine, 91, NETHERLANDS
12 CANTELE Noemi, 51, GARMIN-CERVELO
13 SCANDOLARA Valentina, 123, GAUSS
14 COOKE Nicole, 11, SC MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA
15 DE GOEDE Suzanne, 131, SKIL-KOGA CYCLING TEAM
16 KITCHEN Lauren, 33, AUSTRALIA
17 CREUX Sophie, 104, FRANCE
18 BROUN Kirsty, 31, AUSTRALIA
19 PATUZZO Eleonora, 5, ITALY
20 STARNES Alison, 86, USA NATIONAL TEAM
21 KNETEMANN Roxanne, 133, SKIL-KOGA CYCLING TEAM
22 LELIVYTE Rasa, 143,VAIANO SOLARITECH
23 MENG Lang, 113, CHINA CHONGMING-GIANT
24 D‹STER Sarah, 42, NEDERLAND BLOEIT
25 PRESTI Gloria, 6, ITALY
26 GEBHARDT Elke, 63,GERMANY
27 MACKIE Emma, 34, AUSTRALIA
28 TAGLIAFERRO Marta, 15, SC MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA
29 BORCHI Alessandra, 121, GAUSS
30 SHI Li Na, 114, CHINA CHONGMING-GIANT
31 FAHLIN Emilia, 23, HTC HIGHROAD WOMEN
32 BIANNIC Aude, 102, FRANCE
33 KANIS Janneke, 43, NEDERLAND BLOEIT
34 VAN WANROIJ Marieke, 46, NEDERLAND BLOEIT
35 BASTIANELLI Marta, 13, SC MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA
36 CECCHINI Elena, 2, ITALY
37 SANDIG Madeleine, 66, GERMANY
38 ZORZI Susanna, 126, GAUSS
39 CROMWELL Tiffany, 73, LOTTO HONDA TEAM
40 KASPER Romy, 65, GERMANY
41 HENRION Ludivine, 74, LOTTO HONDA TEAM
42 FORESI Lorena, 122, GAUSS
43 ANDREASSON Veronica, 72, LOTTO HONDA TEAM
44 BACCAILLE Monia, 12, SC MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA
45 TAYLOR Carlee, 36, AUSTRALIA
46 BECKER Christina, 132, SKIL-KOGA CYCLING TEAM
47 VERHOEVEN Aurore, 125, GAUSS
48 SPRATT Amanda, 35, AUSTRALIA
49 PIETERS Amy, 134, SKIL-KOGA CYCLING TEAM
50 SPALIVIERO Eleonora, 146, VAIANO SOLARITECH
51 CALLOVI Rossella, 14, SC MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA
52 MARTIN Lucy, 53, GARMIN-CERVELO
53 CORSET Ruth, 32, AUSTRALIA
54 ZHAO Na, 116, CHINA CHONGMING-GIANT
55 BRENNAUER Lisa, 61, GERMANY
56 RIBEROT Fanny, 106, FRANCE
57 TESTROETE Alison, 135, SKIL-KOGA CYCLING TEAM
58 DAAMS Jessie, 52, GARMIN-CERVELO
59 BRASPENNINCX Shanne, 92, NETHERLANDS
60 SCHOONBAERT Kim, 75, LOTTO HONDA TEAM
61 CROWELL Jacquelyn, 81, USA
62 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna, 93, NETHERLANDS
63 DUTRIAUX Fiona, 105, FRANCE
64 CUCINOTTA Annalisa, 3, ITALY
65 RYAN Kendall, 84, USA
66 GUARISCHI Barbara, 4, ITALY
67 SCHWAGER Patricia, 44, NEDERLAND BLOEIT
68 LUO Xiaoling, 112, CHINA CHONGMING-GIANT
69 STEVENS Evelyn, 25, HTC HIGHROAD WOMEN
70 WERNER Laure, 76, LOTTO HONDA TEAM
71 MARTINI Simona, 144, VAIANO SOLARITECH
72 SOSNA Katazina, 145, VAIANO SOLARITECH
73 JEULAND Pascale, 101, FRANCE
74 BLANQUEFORT Emilie, 103, FRANCE
75 BASTIANELLI Valentina, 141, VAIANO SOLARITECH
76 JOOSS Verena, 64, GERMANY
77 TAMANINI Luisa, 124, GAUSS
78 WELTER Hannah, 136, SKIL-KOGA CYCLING TEAM
79 SMALL Carmen, 85, USA
80 VISSER Annelies, 94, NETHERLANDS
81 WONG Wan Yin Jamie, 115, CHINA CHONGMING-GIANT
82 HUANG Li, 111, CHINA CHONGMING-GIANT
83 RIVERA Coryn, 83, USA
84 WOERING Melanie, 96, NETHERLANDS
85 FOUQUET Laura, 62, GERMANY
86 WOERING Henriette, 95, NETHERLANDS
87 GUARNIER Megan, 82, USA
88 TROTT Emma, 45, NEDERLAND BLOEIT


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