In a spectacular start to the season Trixi Worrack won the UCI 2.1 Ladies Tour of Qatar on 5 February in Doha, Qatar. The fourth and final stage was taken out by Chloe Hosking (WHT) while Worrack finished safely in the bunch to retain the golden jersey after wearing it for the final two stages. Worrack won the general classification, 17 seconds ahead of Romy Kasper (DLT) and 28 seconds clear of Ellen van Dijk (DLT).
The final stage, a short 73 kilometres with 11 finishing circuits, was fast and aggressive. Worrack said the team believed that they could take the overall win. “We are really happy to start with a victory straight into the season. It was a lot of work especially on the third stage but we all put our energy together and believed that we could win the golden jersey here. For the last five years I have always been close on the general classification. So now to take the win home with me it is really special.”
Team Manager and Directeur Sportif Ronny Lauke said the team had a solid performance in Qatar. “It has been an interesting winter for everyone involved in the team. Getting here to Qatar we knew that we have trained well and that there will be two days of racing where more wind was forecast. We made those two stages our focus. We have now started the season with wins on both individual and team GC at the Ladies Tour of Qatar makes it all very special. I hope that it gives the entire team enough confidence and additional motivation for the long season ahead. This all is very rewarding for everyone involved in CANYON//SRAM Racing.”