The women's Cervélo TestTeam celebrated their first win of the season at the women's Tour of Qatar. Kirsten Wild won the overall and the points jersey in the three day stage race through camel country. The race for the general classification came down to time bonuses won from the intermediate sprints. Wild finished 4 seconds ahead of Giorgia Bronzini of the Italian National team, and 21 seconds ahead of Kirsty Broun of the Australian National team. Bronzini won the sprint for the final stage ahead of Broun and Wild.
Yesterday's stage winner Eva Lutz also celebrated a first, her first ever international win. "YEAH! My first major win. I can hardly believe it!" I think maybe Lutz was happy, don't you? The Nürnberger Versicherung rider spent 30 kilometers in a two-up break, and reported that her legs burned like the sun by the finish. She described the scenery as less than exciting: "nothing to the right or left but sand" and a long straight road to the horizon. In Australia, the road signs warn of kangaroos crossing. In Qatar, they warn of camels. Fortunately, there were no camel-rider interactions during the race.
The Dutch team Flexpoint won the teams classification by 36 seconds ahead of Cervélo TestTeam. Team Columbia-High Road finished third.