Charlotte Kool wins Stage 1 of UAE Tour Women

Published: February 09, 2023

Charlotte Kool (Team DSM) gained Stage 1 of the inaugural version of the UAE Tour Women, forward of Lorena Wiebes (Team SD Worx) and Chiara Consonni (UAE Team ADQ).

The Dutch rider is now the chief of the General Classification and has been awarded the race’s first-ever Red Jersey and Green Jersey.

The opening Dubai Stage featured 109 km of driving on a principally flat route, departing from Port Rashid and culminating with a bunch dash at Dubai Harbour.

Speaking seconds after the end, Kool stated: “It’s an incredible feeling to be the first-ever winner of the UAE Tour Women and I nonetheless can’t imagine it. I skilled actually arduous for this race and to provide a pleasant dash was unimaginable.

“There were a lot of crashes in the last kilometres and we lost some really strong riders, but thankfully I was able to produce a really strong sprint. We will go again tomorrow and I can’t wait to sprint again!”

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, greeted the cyclists as they handed alongside Bu Kadra bridge on Thursday.

The occasion has drawn 120 skilled riders representing 20 groups from the world over.

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