Brit Lucy van der Haar ‘wasn’t sure if she’d won GC’ as she takes first ever Dubai Women’s Tour

Van der Haar opened her season with a bang

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Britain’s Lucy van der Haar opened her season with an emphatic performance in the Middle East, taking victory in the first edition of the Dubai Women’s Tour.

Van der Haar, racing for Hitec Products-Birk Sport, said she wasn’t sure she’d take overall victory until after she’d crossed the line on the final day, as the top two riders finished on exactly the same time.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.