Endurance: Tour of Qatar

This time, Hosking writes her own ending

January, 29, 2013
DOHA -- 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."

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Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty ImagesJournalism student Chloe Hosking, who helps with Hitec Products-UCK's press releases, made some news of her own in Qatar.
She would be sitting in her room on this night, writing about 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," Hosking 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.

Hosking and other women in cycling have to think ahead for life after competition. British star Emma Pooley complained of the problem late last year, saying an equally skilled man wouldn't need to worry about life after he hangs up his wheels. Pooley is completing her PhD 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.

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