2013 Ladies Tour of Qatar - Stage 2
Break of 12 dominates the windy stage animated by Orica-AIS.
Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) takes the stage win with Chloe Hosking defending the overall lead.
Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) took advantage of the work of Orica-AIS to win the second stage in the Tour of Qatar. In the 96 km stage from the Camel Race Track in Doha to Al Khor Corniche Wild was the fastest of a 12-rider group that broke away halfway the stage. Specialized-Lululemon's Trixi Worrack and Ellen van Dijk finished in second and third. Race leader Chloe Hosking finished in fourth and retained her overall yellow jersey.
The stage began as the previous day with strong headwinds as it left the Camel Race Track. After eight kilometers into the race Audrey Cordon (France) and Jiang Xiu (China-Giant) attacked. The two were no dangerous for Hosking and were allowed to get away. A few kilometers later Malgorzata Jasinska (MCipollini) counterattacked and managed to bridge across the gap.
The maximum gap of the three went up to over nine minutes at the 40 km point. In the meantime Jiang won the first intermediate sprint ahead of Jasinska and Cordon. Due to the bonuses Jiang was the virtual race leader as
all three riders started the day on the same overall time 2:07 behind Hosking. After the sprint the peloton finally decided to come in action and the gap started to come down due to the work of the entire Orica-AIS team. The acceleration of the Orica-AIS team in the headwind split up the peloton into several groups within the first group just nine riders; Emma Johansson, Amanda Spratt, Loes Gunnewijk, Gracie Elvin, Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS), Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano), Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products) and the Specialized-Lululemon riders Trixi Worrack and Ellen van Dijk. In this group eight of the nine riders were working hard to close the gap on the three leaders and to extend their lead on the chasing groups, with only Wild happy to sit in the slipstream of the Orica-AIS team.
By the time the leaders reached the second intermediate sprint with 36 km to go the gap dropped to just three minutes. In the second chasing group Argos-Shimano, Wiggle Honda, Tibco-To The Top, Rabobank and the Italian National Team were doing most of the work to bridge up to the first group but they were making little progress. With 25 km to go the gap was around 1.00 but there it was to stay for the next 10-15 km. In the meantime Jiang, Cordon and Jasinska were caught by the nine forming a new break of twelve riders.
With 12 km to go Cordon was the first to lose contact. She was soon joined by Jiang but Jasinska was holding on. In the final 10 kilometers the Orica-AIS girls tried to get rid off Wild, Hosking, Van Dijk, Worrack and Jasinska to win the stage by attacking all the time but Wild and Worrack were too strong closing all the gaps. Johansson tried with a late attack in the final kilometer to surprise Wild but the Dutch powerhouse was too strong and started her own sprint with 300 meters to go holding off Worrack on the line followed by Van Dijk, Hosking and Johansson. The first chasing group led home by Bronzini finished 1.30 down on Wild.
“The group came together after the first bonus sprint” said Wild. “There were already two riders in front at that point, and the gap reached a maximum of 9 minutes. But we stayed calm and closed the gap. We had good teamwork. I was the only rider from our team in the break, and my teammates applied some pressure in the back so the other teams in front had to work, which was a good situation for me.
“When they started to attack in the finale, I had no choice but to close the gaps, because I knew I had a good chance in the sprint. I was still pretty fresh because I hadn’t had to work, so it worked out. I managed to counter all the attacks until the last 400 meters, so it was not an easy sprint. But the first victory of the 2013 season for Team Argos-Shimano is there.”
Regarding the upcoming stages, Wild said, “We will go for another stage victory, and we hope then to get the leader’s jersey. The race isn’t over, so anything is possible.”
Result stage 2
1. WILD Kirsten TEAM ARGOS - SHIMANO 2h 38' 54"
2. WORRACK Trixi SPECIALIZED - LULULEMON + 00' 00"
3. VAN DIJK Elen SPECIALIZED - LULULEMON + 00' 00"
4. HOSKING Chloe HITEC PRODUCTS UCK + 00' 00"
5. JOHANSSON Emma ORICA - AIS + 00' 00"
6. ELVIN Gracie ORICA - AIS + 00' 00"
7. JASINSKA Malgorzata MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA + 00' 00"
8. CROMWELL Tiffany ORICA - AIS + 00' 00"
9. GUNNEWIJK Loes ORICA - AIS + 00' 06"
10. SPRATT Amanda ORICA - AIS + 00' 14"
11. CORDON Audrey FRANCE + 01' 12"
12. JIANG Xiu Jie CHINA GIANT PRO CYCLING + 01' 12"
13. BRONZINI Giorgia WIGGLE HONDA + 01' 30"
14. BRENNAUER Lisa SPECIALIZED - LULULEMON + 01' 30"
15. GUARISCHI Barbara ITALY + 01' 30"
16. TAGLIAFERRO Marta MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA + 01' 30"
17. CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia ITALY + 01' 30"
18. JOHREND Marlen TEAM ARGOS - SHIMANO + 01' 30"
19. SLAPPENDEL Iris RABO WOMEN CYCLING TEAM + 01' 30"
20. KNETEMANN Roxanne RABO WOMEN CYCLING TEAM + 01' 30"
Standings after stage 2
1. HOSKING Chloe HITEC PRODUCTS UCK 5h 02' 33"
2. ELVIN Gracie ORICA - AIS + 00' 06"
3. WILD Kirsten TEAM ARGOS - SHIMANO + 00' 09"
4. WORRACK Trixi SPECIALIZED - LULULEMON + 00' 16"
5. VAN DIJK Elen SPECIALIZED - LULULEMON + 00' 18"
6. JOHANSSON Emma ORICA - AIS + 00' 19"
7. CROMWELL Tiffany ORICA - AIS + 00' 21"
8. BRENNAUER Lisa SPECIALIZED - LULULEMON + 01' 38"
9. GILMORE Rochelle WIGGLE HONDA + 01' 50"
10. TAGLIAFERRO Marta MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA + 01' 51"
11. KITCHEN Lauren WIGGLE HONDA + 01' 52"
12. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa HITEC PRODUCTS UCK + 01' 52"
13. JASINSKA Malgorzata MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA + 02' 03"
14. GUNNEWIJK Loes ORICA - AIS + 02' 13"
15. SPRATT Amanda ORICA - AIS + 02' 21"
16. PIETERS Amy TEAM ARGOS - SHIMANO + 02' 28"
17. JIANG Xiu Jie CHINA GIANT PRO CYCLING + 03' 13"
18. CORDON Audrey FRANCE + 03' 17
19. CECCHINI Elena ITALY + 03' 37"
20. GUARISCHI Barbara ITALY + 03' 37"
Full result & standigs
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