Yesterday’s Stage 1 was a curiously still day, but Stage 2 was ALL about the wind. The course had something like 10 corners, but with those shooting the peloton from headwind to sidewind, to tailwind and back, the big teams were rubbing their hands with glee. THIS is why we love the Ladies Tour of Qatar, and the peloton certainly didn’t disappoint, rising to the occasion with aplomb.
I’ll edit in any more things I find, especially if the stage video shows up – and while the final two stages go behind a paywall, so we might now get the chance to watch, my guide to streams, and following the race without them, is here.
1. Katrin Garfoot (Aus) ORICA-AIS, 3:07:13
2. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM, + 00:13
3. Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5, s.t.
4. Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
5. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5, + 00:58
6. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
7. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
8. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5, s.t.
9. Gracie Elvin (Aus) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
10. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
It was all small groups, and General Classification shake-ups – full results on the race website (scroll down).
Trixi Worrack was 2nd:
Amy Pieters was disappointed with her 2nd place
Romy Kasper came 4th out of that final break:
Poor Kirsten Wild had all kinds of trauma today – missed break, mechanical, and then a nasty bike-cartwheel crash. Watching her race holding an icepack to her mouth reminded me just how tough she is.
Chloe Hosking’s race diary on Ella. She sums up the race:
“Today’s second stage was exactly what I love about racing in Qatar; crosswinds, fighting for position, squeezing into gaps that aren’t really there, sprinting for corners that aren’t even close to the finish and serious gutter action.”
I am loving the great race twitter account
If you see anything else you like, let me know, and I’ll pop it into the post! What’s next in Stage 3? More wind, we hope!