Ladies Tour of Qatar
Stage 3: Souq Waqif to Al Khor Corniche - Stage Details

Swedish champion Emma Johansson has maintained fifth overall at the Ladies Tour of Qatar with ninth place from a bunch sprint on stage three.

After battling head wind for most of the day, a change of direction was enough to split up the peloton with a group of 30 riders, containing all of the general classification contenders, forming off the front.

ORICA-AIS worked hard in the closing kilometres to further reduce the group to improve their chances at a stage victory, but despite gallant efforts by Gracie Elvinand Loes Gunnewijk the group was adamant in a bunch kick. Lizzie Armitstead took the honours.

Throughout the day, Johansson picked up bonus seconds on the second intermediate sprint and now sits 17seconds behind the overall leader in Armitstead.

Sport director Martin Barras provides us his report on stage three action here.


Place Rider/Team Time
1 Elisabeth Armitstead (GBR) - Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 2:27:45
2 Shelley Olds - Evans (USA) - Bigla Pro Cycling Team ST
3 Lucinda Brand (NED) - Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team ST
4 Chloe Hosking (AUS) - Wiggle Honda ST
5 Pascale Jeuland (FRA) - France ST
6 Lauren Kitchen (AUS) - Hitec Products UCK ST
7 Jolien d'Hoore (BEL) - Wiggle Honda ST
8 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (ITA) - Ale Cipollini ST
9 Emma Johansson (SWE) - ORICA-AIS ST
10 Barbara Guarischi (ITA) - Velocio-SRAM ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
9 Emma Johansson (SWE) - ORICA-AIS ST
14 Valentina Scandolara (ITA) - ORICA-AIS ST
29 Gracie Elvin (AUS) - ORICA-AIS 0:00:08
30 Loes Gunnewijk (NED) - ORICA-AIS 0:00:14
53 Amanda Spratt (AUS) - ORICA-AIS 0:02:33