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Feb 5, 2016 – The final day of the 2016 Ladies’ Tour of Qatar ended with a traditional bunched sprint on the magnificent Doha Corniche. Fastest of the day was Australia’s Chloe Hosking, beating to the line Kirsten Wild and Monique Van Der Ree. Ever present at the front since day 1, 34-year-old Trixi Worrack, who took command of the GC after yesterday’s stage in Madinat Shamal, kept good control of her race leadership winning the 8th edition of the event ahead of Romy Kasper and Ellen Van Dijk.
Le Tour/Kåre Dehlie Thorstad
Days go by and the temperature rises on the Ladies’ Tour of Qatar. Today, for the final day of the event, the sun was shining in beautiful fashion, to the great pleasure of the remaining 80 riders still in the race. The pack took off just after 2 PM for a 73-km stage, starting in the impressive Aspire Zone, and heading towards the picturesque Doha Corniche. After conquering the overall lead yesterday, Trixi Worrack (LPC) was proudly wearing the golden jersey on her shoulders, enjoying a comfortable 17” lead over Romy Kasper (DLT).
After a rather quiet start all the way to the 6-km Doha Corniche circuit, the pace went up on the lap before the first intermediate sprint. At km 27, fourth passage on the line, Ellen Van Dijk (DLT) claimed the sprint ahead of Anouska Koster (RBW) and Chantal Blaak (DLT). Thanks to her second spot and two bonus seconds, Koster virtually caught up with Lauretta Hanson (AUS) in the lead of the best young rider standings.
After several breakaway attempts, Coryn Rivera (UHC) managed to pull away from the pack at kilometer 36. The American saw her lead reach 22” with five laps to go, while Anna Trevisi (ALE), followed by Yixian Pu (GPC) took off on a counter-attack. The second bonus sprint was claimed by Rivera with a 30” advantage over Trevisi and Pu and 1’20 over the pack. With two laps to go, the gaps had dropped down to 20” on the first chasers and 48” on the bunch. While Trevisi and Pu were caught at the 62 km mark, Rivera managed to hang on until the 67th kilometer before being gobbled up by the hungry pack.
Led by teams Hitec Products and Wiggle HighFive, the main field remained bunched until the final sprint. On the last straight, Chloe Hosking (WHT) powered to glory, capturing her first stage success this year (her second in Qatar), beating Kirsten Wild (HPU) and Monique Van Der Ree (LWW) to the line.
Comfortably settled in the pack and well protected by her Canyon-SRAM team mates, Trixi Worrack crossed the finish line in 14th position, in the same time as the day’s winner, hence winning this 8th edition of the race with a 17” advantage over Romy Kasper (DLT) and 28” over Ellen Van Dijk (DLT). At 34-year-old German who had already claimed a stage success in Qatar several years ago, and clinched 4 UCI World team time-trial titles, conquered the overall event for the first time in her career. The points classification (silver jersey) is won by stage 1 winner Kirsten Wild while the best young rider of the event is Anouska Koster (RBW).