Ladies Tour of Qatar wraps up with another solid showing from ORICA-AIS

Fri 5 Feb 2016

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic stage winner Lizzie Williams, who was third in the sprint on stage one finished in ninth position on the last day in Qatar, rounding off four day’s of racing which has seen ORICA-AIS take a stage two win and the leader's jersey in another solid showing from the team this season.

Australian time trial champion Katrin Garfoot and 2016 Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic winer Gracie Elvin held on for fourth and fifth place respectively in the final standings of the overall general classification.

Sports director Martin Barras was very positive about the team’s performance throughout the race.

“We started the race very well with Lizzie coming third in the sprint on the opening stage and obviously the win by Katrin on stage two and gaining the golden jersey were moments of real success.”

“Fourth and fifth in the general classification for Katrin and Gracie is nothing to be sniffed at and all the signs are good.”

Barras continued in a positive tone regarding the upcoming spring classics.

“Gracie has shown over the last four days that she is in really encouraging form which bodes well for the team with the spring classics just around the corner.”

How it happened:

The final day of racing in the 2016 Ladies Tour of Qatar ended just like the previous eight editions of the race, in a bunch sprint.

The stage was won by Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) with the overall general classification taken by Trixi Worrack (SRAM-Canyon).

Brilliant sunshine was beaming down on the remaining 80 riders in the peloton as they left the architecturally impressive Aspire Zone for the short passage to the six kilometre circuit of the Doha Corniche. These circuits proved to be visibly very open, providing nowhere to hide for any aspiring breakaway attempt.

The first third of the race was fairly uneventful up until the 27th kilometer mark and the first intermediate sprint, which was taken by stage 3 winner Ellen Van Dijk (Boels Dolmans).

After an hour of racing the tempo was high with 41km covered and after several breakaway attempts one seemed like it might be beginning to stick. Lone rider Coryn Rivera (UHC) was out front with a 30second lead over the peloton. Although a few kilometres later, Italian Anna Trevisi (Ale Cipollini) began to give chase and quickly gained eight seconds on the peloton.

However, with 18km to go Rivera’s gap had increased to 1’12’’ between her and the main group making the second intermediate sprint a formality. Trevisi took second with Pu Yixian (China) just behind the Italian in third.

With two laps and 12km to go the peloton started to get organised and began to seize control of the race, immediately the time gap dropped to 42seconds and continued to fall. At four kilometres Rivera was caught by the fast moving peloton that was not going to take any prisoners. The bunch sprint seemed to be looming on the horizon.

The main sprint teams such as Wiggle High5 and HITEC Products controlled and boxed off the front of the pack with Hosking (Wiggle High5), starting her sprint early and holding on to take the victory on the fourth and final stage.

The next race for ORICA-AIS will be in Belgium at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad-vrouwen on Saturday the 27th of February.

Ladies Tour of Qatar – Stage 4 Results:

1. Chloe Hosking (Wiggle high5) 01:46:09
2. Kirsten Wild (HITEC Products) ST
3. Monique Van De Ree (Lares Waowdeals) ST
9. Lizzie Williams (ORICA-AIS) ST

Ladies Tour of Qatar – FINAL General Classification Results:

1. Trixi Worrack (SRAM Canyon) 10:01:37
2. Romy Kasper (Boels Dolmans) 00:00:17
3. Eleonora Van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) 00:00:28
4. Katrin Garfoot (ORICA-AIS) 00:00:43