One of the best things about the Ladies Tour of Qatar is the VAST amount of media flown out there, especially this year, when it’s the practice run for the 2016 Road World Championships course. Here’s what we got from today, which admittedly doesn’t include the video of the livefeed, but it’s still fun. Share any more you find in the comments or on twitter and I’ll edit it in. And remember, we get live streaming from Qatar too – here’s my guide to how to watch, and other ways to follow the race.
Stage 1 had a typically Qatari start with long, straight roads through the desert, then around the Worlds circuit wiggling around Doha to finish at at Qatar University.
Kirsten Wild won her amazing 10th stage, and had a lovely smiley interview afterwards (“It’s NOT easy!”)
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products, 2:19:04
2. Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
3. Lizzie Williams (Aus) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
4. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
5. Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance, s.t.
6. Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Italy, s.t.
7. Monique van de Ree (Ned) Lares – Waowdeals, s.t.
8. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
9. Katrin Garfoot (Aus) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
10. Sara Mustonen (Swe) Liv-Plantur, s.t.
Full results and General Classification (don’t forget, intermediate and end bonifications can change the GC)
I loved Chantal Blaak‘s interview too, very honest. Blaak is such a fantastic rider, I’m sure she’ll bounce back (she was 4th, not 3rd)
Gorgeous photos from Velofocus, race report on the race website, and photos and results from the stage. Cyclingnews did a great piece on what this stage means for the 2016 Road Worlds, Chloe Hosking has a race diary on Ella Cycling Tips, and Annemiek van Vleuten and Ellen van Dijk have reports on their sites.
Wiggle High5 team video:
I’m not sure what I think about this video – it’s a bit “laddy” but it’s a more irreverent, I guess, look at the stage. Got to say, the end of the race was full of attacks, even if they didn’t make it away, so “I slept through it” is a bit harsh, but I think a lot of journos who only cover men’s cycling don’t necessarily recognise how much action is in a women’s race, when it doesn’t follow the patterns of men’s racing of early-break-slow-reel-in-endgame, so the attack-catch-will-they-escape-or-not of today doesn’t count as “action” to them. This is the second video this guy has done from the race, and I definitely get the impression he’s one of the journos who’s been sent out to cover the women and then the men, and isn’t really invested in being there…
Heal fast, Christine Majerus!
As always, share anything else you’ve liked and I’ll be pulling these together all week.