Hitec delivered Kirsten Wild to her 10th stage win of Qatar, but the top 5 in the GC are all within 10 seconds of each other. Ale Cipollini’s Annalisa Cucinotta is second (+7sec) and Lizzie Williams of Orica AIS is third (+9sec), slightly ahead Wiggle High5’s Chloe Hosking on the same time. Riders from Lares Waowdeals, Boels Dolman, Cylance and Canyon SRAM complete the top 10, along with Team Italy. There was a crash near the first sprint which left Christine Majerus of Boels Dolman with several cuts and grazes, but she is likely to start tomorrow. Stage 1 results can be seen here (official website) or here (PCS link), race report here. Stage 2 is slightly longer at 120km (stage route here). Not likely to be a breakaway I think, most of the riders are on the same time, but UHC may give it a try. I think Ale Cipollini will take the win.
Omloop Van Het Hageland will be streamed live on the 28th of February (Sunday) at 1pm GMT. Motomediateam.be will be providing the footage which will be shown via this link on the day. No “last 35km” nonsense here, it’ll be the whole race.
Lucy Shaw of Drops Cycling has told VeloUK she will be starting her season at Le Samyn des Dames on the 2nd of March. The former Matrix development rider has been working with Epic Cycle Coaching over the winter to get ready for her first season with Drops. Read the whole interview here.