Ladies Tour of Qatar 2010
Islamic Museum of Art -Al Khor Corniche , 103km
It was windy for the first stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar 2009. The 89 riders took off from the Museum of Islamic Arts, situated in the centre of Doha, the wind was partly favourable on the first 45 kilometre of the stage. The first real efficient breakaway occurred after 34 kilometres when South African De Groot (MTW) took off. While the gap with the pack never reached over 20”, she was eventually caught five kilometres later.
Getting closer to the first intermediate sprint the pack broke up into several groups with all the main favourites, including title holder Wild, in the first bunch of 22 riders. Perfectly led out by her Cervelo team, Wild went on to win the sprint at km 45 ahead of Duster (CWT) and Van de Ree (NED). On the second part of the day’s stage, the leading group was to be caught by two chasing packs as just over 60 riders gathered together.
With just under 25 kilometres to go, Sweden’s Andreasson (LLT) managed to break away. Her effort paid off as the gap reached a maximum 40”. But facing a strong wind, the pack eventually caught the escapee at kilometre 82. It was then the turn of another Swede, Lindberg (RSC), to give it a go. Her attempt also ended rapidly. The second bonus sprint was once again claimed by Wild ahead of Visser (TCW) and Gunnewijk (ARC).
As the pack entered the city of Al Khor for the final showdown, a front pack of just over 30 riders led by the Cervelo team started preparing for the decisive sprint. And while many were expecting Wild to triumph, Raissa Lelivyte (SAF) powered to the line to earn her first victory in Qatar. The Lithuanian beat Bronzini (ITA) and Hosking (TCW) and captured the overall leader’s golden jersey with a 4” advantage over Bronzini and Wild.
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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC
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