The 8th Ladies Tour of Qatar took place last week in Doha, marking Cylance Cycling’s second event of 2016. Teammates Shelley Olds (USA), Alison Tetrick (USA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA), Rachele Barbieri (ITA), Doris Schweizer (SUI) and Sheyla Gutierriez (ESP) fought through crashes and sickness, and produced a solid result as Olds delivered two top-5 stage finishes and 11th GC.
“This edition of the Tour of Qatar was one of the hardest one that I remember,” said director Manel Lacambra. “Every day there was a lot of wind and it makes the race very difficult and more selective. Crashes and sickness inhibited us from having a better final result but we are happy with our performance.”
Qatar, known for its flat stages yet brutal wind, created a strung-out peloton with little opportunity for shelter.
“Racing in Qatar this year was one of the hardest years I remember,” added Shelley Olds. “The weather conditions were windy every day, especially the second and third stages. Everyone was surprised about how much higher the average power files were after the stages. The level of racing was much higher than previous years with many riders in great form. I am happy with how the team raced and I look forward to the next races with my teammates.“