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Taylor’s great fightback

By Mark Etheridge

Our Cherise Taylor continued to improve on a daily basis at the Ladies Tour of Qatar that ended on Friday.

Taylor, riding for the Lotto Belisol Ladies team, was initially a bit surprised at both the windspeed in the desert nation and the speed of her competitors on day one.

But, fighter as she is, she hung in well and when the race ended after the third stage of 92.5 kilometres at the Katara Cultural Village she had pulled herself up to 26th position in the General Classification.

That was after ending 68th on day one.

Friday’s stage, won by the Netherlands’ Kirsten Wild in 2hr 36min 36sec for her second stage win of the three-day race, saw Taylor ending in 16th just nine seconds off the winning time.

Overall winner was Germany’s Judith Arndt of the GreenEdge-AIS team who spend 8:00.44 in the saddle.

“Last stage did not disappoint. Again lots of wind and gutters. Finished off with 16th in the sprint. Nothing special but happy not 2hav crashed.” said Taylor on her Facebook site after the race.

And despite no doubt being encouraged by her improvement over the three days, she’ll have little time to recover as she heads back to South Africa on Saturday and straight off to Port Elizabeth for the Herald Tour on Sunday.


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