• Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) celebrates her Stage 4 in in the Ladies Tour of Qatar
Australia’s Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) rode a smart, patient race to take the win in the final stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar.
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6 Feb 2016 - 9:54 AM 

The powerful sprinter outpaced ten-time Qatar stage winner Kirsten Wild on the Doha Corniche finish, at the end of the short, fast, 73km stage. Monique van de Ree (Lares-Waowdeals) finished in third.

“I think it was a sprint that I really actually thought about, leading into it. I definitely used what I’ve learned, riding with Egon (van Kessel) and Jolien (D’hoore) and obviously it worked out,” said Hosking, speaking about her team-mates.

“We were doing circuits. There was a bit of wind, but it didn’t really have that much of an impact on the race. It sort of strung it out a bit, but it didn’t split it.

Despite the flat course, which began at Doha’s Aspire Zone, there were a number of attempts to escape the peloton, including one from Wiggle High5’s Olympic Champion, Dani King. With so many sprinters in the peloton, however, a bunch finish was almost inevitable.

“There were three girls riding ahead, individually, but they never got together, so they were all riding time trials,” said Hosking. “Coryn (Rivera, UnitedHealthcare) got around a minute, and then Dani went up the road with about four laps to go and she got about 30 seconds.

“In the end though, this circuit is so fast. It all got back together and we came up with the goods.”

Hosking’s victory comes as a welcome morale-boost for Wiggle High5 after poor results in stage three were described by Directeur Sportif Egon van Kessel as “the biggest disaster” since he has been with the black and orange team. Hosking’s lead out riders controlled the final kilometres, and placed their sprinter in the perfect place to launch herself to victory.

“That’s something that Egon has said to us,” said Hosking. “He’s really proud that we raced yesterday, even though we screwed up, and then how we bounced back today. He said to us that we can really take a lot from that as a team.

“It was a really, really disappointing day for us yesterday, and it’s not an easy thing to just switch your mindset around.

Cycling is physical, but it’s also mental, so I think we did a great job in keeping the team spirit; then just saying ‘screw it’ and going out today and coming up with the goods.”

Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM) finished safely in the field to retain her overall lead. She won the general classification, 17 seconds ahead of Romy Kasper (Boels-Dolmans) and 28 seconds clear of Ellen van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans).

Worrack said the team believed that they could take the overall win. "We are really happy to start with a victory straight into the season. It was a lot of work but we all put our energy together and believed that we could win the golden jersey here.

“For the last five years I have always been close on the general classification. So now to take the win home with me it is really special,” said Worrack.

Hosking's consistent results throughout the event saw her finish ninth in the general classification after her win on the final stage.