Judith Arndt donned the leader’s golden jersey in the howling wind after the final stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar as the 2012 race winner. Arndt went into the stage with a two-second lead over fellow German Trixi Worrack, but finished six seconds ahead of Worrack after a windy battle.
The women had battled wind throughout the race, but Friday saw strong headwinds the entire first half of the stage. Nonetheless, at 14km American Kendall Ryan broke away and stayed off the front for 40km in the wind. At 20km she had a 3:25 lead and took the first bonus sprint.
Arndt won the second bonus sprint in a bunched sprint. After this point, 16 favorites broke off the front, but were caught again at 57km. The peloton rode together with a tail wind heading into the final sprint, where Wild dominated in similar fashion to stage 1. She finished third in the GC.
Worrack took home the silver points jersey, and Chloe Hosking was named the best young rider. Specialized-Lululemon was named the best team.