Journalism student Hosking multi-tasking in Qatar

  • By Gregor Brown
  • Published Jan. 29, 2013
Ladies Tour of Qatar stage winner Chloe Hosking is celebrating her victory by writing her team's press release. Photo: Gregor Brown |

DOHA (VN) — Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products-UCK) created a busy night for herself at Doha’s Ritz-Carlton by winning the Ladies Tour of Qatar’s first stage.

“I study journalism,” she told VeloNews. “I help with writing the team’s press releases.”

She will be sitting in her room now, writing how she won the stage to Mesaieed to kick off the three-day race. The Aussie escaped in a group of 20 riders nearly 32 kilometers into the 97km opening leg of the ladies’ tour. The wind failed to break the race, so it was left to a few strong teams to create cracks in the peloton. Specialized-lululemon, Wiggle-Honda and MCipollini-Giordana all flexed their muscles. Hosking made the group and then the late split with three others to contest the stage.

“When the gap got bigger and bigger, I knew that it was a good move,” she said. “I was able to hold it and finally get a win. I have had a few podium places [in Qatar], but this is my first win.”

She also took the leader’s golden jersey, presented by the president of the cycling federation, Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Thani.

Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) was second, Lisa Brennauer (Specialized) third and Liesbeth De Vocht (Rabo Women) fourth. The chase group came through 10 seconds later.

The Sheikh created the women’s version of the Tour of Qatar in 2009 to help encourage locals and show off his country as a diverse nation in the Middle East. Eddy Merckx, who helps run the race, says no other women’s stage race sits side-by-side a men’s stage race so comfortably. The men arrive Friday and start racing the 12th edition of their tour Sunday.

Hosking and other women in cycling have to think ahead for life after competition. British star Emma Pooley complained of the same problem late last year. She said an equally skilled man wouldn’t need to worry about life after he hangs up his wheels. Pooley is completing her Ph.D. and riding for the Bigla team in 2013, veteran Rochelle Gilmore is a manager/rider at Wiggle, and Hosking is studying journalism and winning races.

The 22-year-old from Canberra for now will write her own press release, also describing the races ahead.

“It’s definitely preparation for the spring,” she said. “My preparation is geared up to the spring races like Het Nieuwsblad and the Drentse 8 races. Hopefully this is just a step in that direction.”

Later, talking to VeloNews, she added, “[Qatar] is a way to get speed in the legs, as well, especially since a lot of the Euros are doing long Ks in the winter. Australians are a little bit different because of the weather and the summer races. I had a bit of a Euro-prep this year, and this is good for the speed.”

Hosking won the Dutch one-day classic, the Drentse 8 last year. She also placed 12th in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Before Qatar, she trained in Girona, Spain, and Nice, France, to be ready for Qatar and a return to her favorite classics.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown

Bikes kept Gregor Brown out of trouble growing up in Oklahoma — BMX, freestyle and then watching Greg LeMond's Tour de France wins on CBS television's weekend highlights shows. The drama of the 1998 Tour, however, truly drew him into the fold. With a growing curiosity in European races and lifestyle, he followed his heart and established camp on Lake Como's shores in 2004. Brown has been following the Giro, the Tour and every major race in Europe since 2006. He will tell you it is about the "race within the race" – punching out the news and running to finish – but he loves a proper dinner, un piatto tipico ed un vino della zona.

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