Yesterday was the final stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar, in what was the most open iteration of this race I can remember. I loved all the “Kirsten Wild stomps all over Qatar” years, of course, but this year, with a different winner every day, and 3 GC leaders in 3 days, made me very happy. Dan and I podcasted about how great the first three stages were, and Stage 4 was another great example of why this was so good. Gone were the desert winds, instead laps around the Doha Corniche, on the bay, a stage finish we’ve seen 4 times before. Each time it ended in a bunch sprint, and the only time Wild hasn’t won it, she wasn’t there. But it still felt like anything could happen, and it still was a super-exciting stage, with that battle between the bunch-sprint teams and the opportunists, with Canyon-SRAM defending the GC, teams like UnitedHealthcare, Cylance and Wiggle High5 determined to get some glory, and Boels Dolmans and ORICA-AIS happy with their stage wins, but definitely not stopping there. Let’s start with the last 30 mins of TV…
Wiggle High5 had had a really disappointing Tour, and they put out an unexpectedly honest video with DS Egon van Kessel talking to the team about Stage 3 being the “biggest disaster” he’d had with the team, and Chloe Hosking has telling Ella Cycling Tips how bad she was feeling about this race – so this was very definitely redemption for the rider and the team. Here’s Hosking’s post-win diary on Ella, and Felix Mattis‘ video interview, with race footage
Stage 4 results
1. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5, 1:46:09
2. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products, s.t.
3. Monique van de Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals, s.t.
4. Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
5. Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance, s.t.
6. Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
7. Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia, s.t.
8. Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Italy, s.t.
9. Lizzie Williams (Aus) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
10. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
Trixi Worrack is always active in this race, so it was great to see her winning Canyon’s first stage race of the year
Romy Kasper had a great race, and ended second on GC
Final General Classification
1. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM, 10:01:37
2. Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans, + 00:17
3. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans, + 00:28
4. Katrin Garfoot (Aus) ORICA-AIS, + 00:43
5. Gracie Elvin (Aus) ORICA-AIS, + 00:50
6. Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5, + 00:53
7. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM, + 00:56
8. Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 01:32
9. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5, s.t.
10. Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Australia, s.t.
Kirsten Wild won Stage 1, lost her golden jersey on Stage 2, but still ended up in the silver Sprint jersey
Coryn Rivera made a brave breakaway attempt, but it was (possibly inevitably) caught
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Gave it my best shot today off the front solo. Last stage of @tourofqatar . Would have preferred some company, but some never made it across, so just had to put my head down and keep pedaling. Had a better tour here than I've had in the past, so I'll take that and move onto the next race. #LTOQ16 #goinghomewithallmybrains 📷: @anton_vos
Lovely photo gallery from Vélofocus, and more photo galleries from the race website (scroll down), Cylance, Liv-Plantur – and now you’ve seen the 2016 team kits in action in the videos and photos, vote for your favourites here.
Little video with Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope’s Eugénie Duval talking about the race.
Big thanks to all the team staff who made the racing possible!
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Big thanks to everyone who helped me find links, and talked about the race with me on twitter – and of course to my wonderful Patreon supporters, who fund me to do this kind of thing – thank you!