Tour of Qatar 2: Kristoff, crash... and women's commuting

On my way to school
Life is like a wheel: not original but basiclyu true. It turns. A women life especially. I'm not going to dettail it but our monthly period is more than just a bleeding, it affects our physical shape as well as our mood, both in a good and in a bad way
You  probably know that recently an athlete declared she scored a record during her period and studies demonstrate that the bad moment is before it while during it there is an improvement in energy and strenght. As far as our mood, we can be grumpy but also euphorical and usually that's a very creative time, good for painting, writing but also for scientific discoveries. Now you know! 
Embedded image permalinkLife is like a wheel, and when you have your period and you go to work on two wheels... ehm... it can be a problem. Your shape can be perfectly good, even better than usual, but your sadle can need a good washing after it, and your pants too. 
I hope I didn't scandalise you talking about our period. It has been a taboo very long but the most of the world's population has to deal with it once a month so I think there is no reason to keep it secret any longer. Indead women started tweeting about it to make it clear that it's a normal event in a woman life, nothing to be ashamed about.
In short today I had to wash my sadle twice. I'm not happy about it, it's annoying, it's a drag. But I'm not particularly ashamed and it had no particular consequences because it happened coming back from school in the morning and again after a long afternoon meeting. Once I was talking with a friend about women riders and she told me once she had seen Fabiana Luperini washing her saddle at the end of a race. That's it. 
Embedded image permalinkLife is a wheel and women's life has made of a monthly period of sore belly, bad sleeping, upset mood, headache and so on. That affect s our results, no need to deny it, but consider how much it could affect them and it doesn't! It's amazing! chapeau to all my fellow monthly bleeders and especially to my fellow women commuters: we rock!
And now let's have a look to the Tour of Qatar. Kristoff won and Team Katusha - after two doping cases and waiting for a suspension - also conquered the White Jersey by Sven Erik Bystrøm. There was a big crash, caused it seems by the wind and the nervous racing in the finale. Cavendish and Kristoff fought shoulder to shoulder and just the photofinish could say who was the winner. Sacha Modolo is on the GC top three but so far on the wrong step...

Alexander Kristoff:
"It was a little uphill here at the finish. It suited me quite well. We tried to enter the final km in a good position, but, of course, other teams had the same plans. In the last straight line I stayed on the wheel of Jacopo and it worked well. The whole team did a great job for the lead out but also earlier in the day at front of the race. We had a great day and I am very happy. I could hold Cavendish behind me, but it was a very close sprint. After crossing the line I was not sure about the win, maybe I had just few centimeters. This kind of hard sprints suit me really well and I knew I had a chance today, but of course, after yesterday's stage I was not sure I would be able to do it. Tomorrow is another day. I am not such a good specialist of time trial, but we will see how close I can be. Also, we have Slava Kuznetsov and he has a chance to do well tomorrow. So, anyway we will try to do our best tomorrow and in other stages."

Sven Erik Bystrøm:
"I have really nice feelings. First of all, because of this great win of Alex. Also with this white jersey, which is a nice bonus for me. The first part of the race was quite hard because of these crosswind sections, but later on the circuit it was more technical, but in the same time, it was more easy to control the race."

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 3:11:26
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
3 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
6 Andrea Francesco Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai
7 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
8 André Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
9 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
10 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 6:39:51
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:05
3 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:00:14
4 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:17
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:00:18
6 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:20
8 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:00:21
9 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha
10 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 32 pts
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 27
3 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 17
1 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 6:40:12
2 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin
3 Soufiane Haddi (UAE) Skydive Dubai 0:01:43
Teams Classification
1 Team Katusha 20:00:36
2 BMC Racing Team
3 Bora-Argon 18 0:00:05
4 Dimension Data 0:01:43
5 Astana Pro Team 0:03:26
6 Fortuneo - Vital Concept
7 Skydive Dubaï 0:05:09
8 Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9 Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
10 UnitedHealthcare
11 Wanty - Groupe Gobert
12 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:11:01
13 AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:18
14 Lampre - Merida 0:13:36
15 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:17:27
16 Stölting Service Group 0:21:28
17 Roompot Oranje Peloton 0:35:39
18 Drapac Cycling

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