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Bittersweet ending in Qatar

For the second year in a row the yellow jersey hung from his sculpted shoulders, but Belgium’s Tom Boonen looked as flat as the beige terrain he had spent the last six days negotiating on the Tour of Qatar. Boonen claimed the General Classification by eight seconds from second-placed German Heinrich Haussler and third-placed Briton […]

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 […]

Frederiek Nolf died in his sleep last night at the Doha Ritz-Carlton in Qatar, ahead of the fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar. The Belgian of Team Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator, who would have celebrated his 22nd birthday in five days, is believed to have suffered a heart attack. “Cycling is in mourning when you lose […]

Mark Cavendish (Columbia Highroad) of Great Britain and Tom Boonen (Quick Step) of Belgium, will renew their rivalry for world’s top sprinting honors beginning Sunday in the Tour of Qatar. Cavendish was one of the main stories of the 2008 cycling season. He had18 victories and arguably arrived as the world’s best sprinter. Boonen, who […]