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Boonen wins Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen of Quick Step won his third Tour of Qatar title on Friday, a day after Belgian cyclist Frederiek Nolf was found dead in his Doha hotel room.

Boonen finished in 12 hours 55 minutes 25 seconds, while England’s Mark Cavendish won the sixth and final stage.

“My main focus was the yellow jersey and I dedicate this to Frederiek,” Boonen said of his countryman. “It has been a sad time for all of us.”

Boonen also won the event in 2006 and 2008. Cavendish, the Team Columbia rider, won the 75.6-mile sprint stage in 2:36:18.

Belgian team Topsport Vlaanderen Mercator said the 21-year-old Nolf was found by his hotel roommate. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.


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