Ladies Tour of Qatar: Win for Amy Pieters


After a very eventful day of racing north of Qatar, Amy Pieters captured the overall leadership of the Ladies Tour of Qatar whilst Lizzie Armitstead loses time in split

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Part of a 21-rider group that broke away early in the stage, the Dutchwoman from team Giant-Shimano powered away in the last 10kms taking three other ladies with her. Pieters then went on to claim her first ever stage win in Qatar.

There was a strong wind blowing across the peninsula when the 88 riders took off from the Al Zubara Fort for a 112.5kms ride all the way to Madinat Al Shamal. As expected, the first kilometres proved to be very eventful due to the crosswind.


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The peloton indeed broke up into several groups as soon as kilometre 5 and 21 ladies broke away. Among that front group were Golden Jersey, Wild (GIW) with three team mates, Hosking (HPU), Johansson (GIW), White Jersey, Hoskins (GIW), Worrack, Cromwell (both SLU), Slappendel (RBW), Bronzini, Becker (both WHT) and Zabelinskaya (RVL). The gap over a first group including Jeuland (FRA) and Gunewijk (GEW) reached 1” at km 12, while a second group including Silver Jersey holder Shelley Olds and Britain’s Lizzie Armistead (DLT) was at 1’25.

While the chasing groups gathered together at km 33, the gap carried on increasing. Indeed the front group enjoyed a 3’55 advantage at km 50. Once on the final circuit around Madinat Al Shamal, Kirsten Wild claimed the first intermediate sprint at the second crossing of the line (km 72) ahead of Hosking and D’Hoore (LBL). The front girls were then no longer concerned by the chasing pack as the gap reached 6’50 at km 77.

The second bonus sprint of the day at the fourth crossing of the line (km 99) was this time won by Hosking ahead of Wild and D’Hoore. Eventually, after quite a few attempts, four riders managed to break away at km 100: Pieters (GIW), Van Der Breggen (RBW), Becker (SLU) and Cilvinaite (RVL). Five kilometres later they had a 45” lead over the chasing 17. The gap remained the same with three kilometres to go.

The final sprint was finally claimed by Pieters beating Van Der Breggen and Becker to the line while the Golden Jersey group finished 27” adrift. The young Dutch lady clinches her first ever success in Qatar and conquers the overall lead from her team mate Kirsten Wild. In the new GC, Pieters has a 7” advantage over Wild and 18” over Hosking. Wild keeps command of the points’ classification while Pieters also leads the young rider standings

1. PIETERS Amy Team Giant-Shimano 02:53:33
2. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team 00:03
3. BECKER Charlotte Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling @ st
4. CILVINAITE Inga RusVelo 00:06
5. WILD Kirsten Team Giant-Shimano 00:27
6. HOSKING Chloe Hitec Products @ st
7. JOHANSSON Emma Orica – AIS @ st
8. ZABELINSKAYA Olga RusVelo @ st
9. D’HOORE Jolien Lotto Belisol Ladies 00:31
10. HOSKINS Melissa Orica – AIS @ st

50. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team @11.57


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