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Garfoot wins Qatar stage 2, assumes GC lead

Australian Katrin Garfoot rode to a solo victory on Wednesday in Ladies Tour of Qatar, 13 seconds ahead of three chasers, and with her stage 2 win, the Orica-AIS rider also claimed the overall lead. Four-time winner Kirsten Wild held the lead after Tuesday’s race, but Wild broke a chain and crashed during the 120km stage to Al Khor Corniche, eventually losing 3:48.

“I’m pretty stoked to take the win today — after a windy and quite stressful stage,” said Garfoot. “With 25km to go, I made it into a group of about eleven riders where Gracie [Elvin] was and we managed to work well together taking turns. It broke up with about six kilometers to go and I managed to stay at the front as it dropped to about four riders.

“I kept going and turned around with maybe two kilometers left and couldn’t believe I was alone.”

Garfoot attacked in a group of 10 riders with about 18 kilometers left and then persisted with three others in the closing kilometers. Just outside the final kilometer, the Aussie made her winning move. Canyon-SRAM’s Trixi Worrack won the sprint for second, ahead of Wiggle-High5’s Amy Pieters. Those two — a German, and a Dutchwoman — now follow Garfoot in the overall standings at the four-day race’s halfway mark.

On Thursday, the race runs 112 kilometers from Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal.