Kirsten Wild won the opening stage of the 2014 Ladies Tour of Qatar – successfully holding off her rivals in a sprint finish in Mesaieed today.
With 200 meters remaining, the defending champion executed a well timed sprint – holding off late challenges from Shelley Olds and Chloe Hosking.
Olds managed to placed her team at the head of the peloton in the closing kilometers – just as the Orica-GreenEDGE team began it’s lead-out as well. However, both Olds and Hosking became isolated in the pack – effectively allowing Wild to move up into the lead and hold on for the victory.
Top 10 Finishers
1 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 2 Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini 3 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products 4 Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 5 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 6 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France 7 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini 8 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica-AIS 9 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 10 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon
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