On a wind-lashed day in Qatar, the early break stayed away, and Ellen van Dijk prevailed with a solo victory in stage 3 of the Ladies Tour, a 112km race ending in Madinat Al Shamal.
After only a few kilometers, 13 women made the crucial break, including former race winner Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products), and van Dijk, riding for Boels-Dolmans. Orica-AIS’s Gracie Elvin initiated the hostilities, attacking with about 12 kilometers to go. She was caught about four kilometers from the line, and after a brief lull, van Dijk made her winning solo move, with two kilometers remaining.
The day’s race leader, Orica’s Katrin Garfoot, missed the early move and ceded the golden jersey to Canyon-SRAM’s Trixi Worrack, who finished fifth on the day. Friday is the Ladies Tour of Qatar’s final stage, a 73km circuit around Doha, which should favor sprinters.