Ladies Tour of Qatar 2013
Stage 2 - Wild wins bunch kick
Camel Race Track - Al Khor Corniche, 96km
(Argos-Shimano) outsprinted Trixi Worrack and Ellen van Dijk (Specialized
The second stage
was aggressive and despite having five riders in the final break, Orica-AIS
were unable to fully control the race.
early break that included Xiu Jie Jiang (China Chongming-Giant),
Audrey Cordon (France) and Malgorzata Jasinska (MCipollini) managed to gain
nearly 9 minutes advantage over the peloton by the first sprint (38.5km) but
as soon as the road turn right out of the head wind and into a typical
desert crosswind the break advantage dropped rapidly.
In an attempt to
bring the race back together, five Orica riders, Gracie Elvin, Tiffany
Cromwell, Loes Gunnewijk, Emma Johansson and Amanda Spratt, moved to
the front and created an echelon that split the peloton. In the nine-rider
move Wild, Hosking, Worrack and van Dijk joined the Orica-AIS team in the
split that formed. With a rider in the leading break, MCipollini
marshalled the front,while Wiggle-Honda tried to get organised to try to get
their sprinters Rochelle Gilmore and Giorgia Bronzini into the chasing
bunch. They could not close the gap.
At the front of
the chase, Orica-AIS set a blistering pace and managed to close five minutes
off the gap to the leaders in 10km, When the break was finally caught Jasinska
was the only one of the leaders that managed to jump onto the group of nine
when it sped past.
has transitioned over the last 12 months from a pure sprinter to more
of an all rounder worked with her new team to try to break up the lead
group t avoid an all out sprint.
In the end, the
tall Wild moved past Hosking and the Specialized-Lululemon pairing of Elen
van Dijk and Trixi Worrack with 10m to go to take the win to claim victory
at Al Khor Corniche for the second year in succession. The victory moved
Wild to third place overall and also gave her a record tally of four stage
victories in the Tour of Qatar.
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