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As the wind picked up outside of the city of Doha, the 2012 Ladies Tour of Qatar got underway at the Camel Race track. In a race characterized by group after splintering group throughout the flat 97km race, Kirsten Wild (NED) sprinted to a hard earned victory out of her seven-person breakaway.
Wild was the only representation from her Netherlands national team in the decisive move, yet she still had no problem picking up a sprint bonus against her Specialized-Lululemon and GreenEdge breakaway companions. She followed up with an impressive finishing sprint win over Chloe Hosking (Specialized-Lululemon) and Ele Van Dijk (Specialized-Lululemon), who took second and third respectively.
Wild will enter stage two leading both the GC, by eight seconds, as well as the points competition. Second place finisher, Hosking, will be wearing the best young rider’s white jersey.