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2010 Tour of Qatar

Stage 1 Team Sky blitz the team time trial and Edvald Boasson-Hagen pulls on the leaders yellow jersey after an 8.2km circuit around West Bay Lagoon.

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 [...]

Mark Cavendish claimed his second stage win in the Tour of Qatar as Belgium’s Tom Boonen clinched overall victory on Friday. Cavendish, who had won Wednesday’s fourth stage, proved the fastest man in the bunch yet again after the 121 kilometers from Sealine Beach Resort to the Doha Corniche. The Columbia High-Road rider hit the [...]

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 back to his winning ways for 2009. Cervelo’s Young Gun Heinrich Haussler second with race leader Tom Boonen third. Race Patron Eddy Merckx leads the peloton out of Doha through the neutral zone to the start. Stage 4: Doha Old Souq – Madinat Al Shamal 141km Mark Cavendish continued Britain’s dominance of the [...]

Cavendish nets stage win in Qatar

Mark Cavendish won his first race of 2009 with a sprint victory in the 141km fourth stage of the Tour of Qatar in Madinat al Shamal. On a day marked by strong crosswinds, a high pace and littered with crashes in the last 15km, Cavendish looked to have again missed out on the decisive move. [...]

Tour of Qatar – Stage 2 & Photos

Cervelo Test Team & Roger Hammonds attack pays off in the final kilometers for victory in Al Kohr. The Desert Wind – a day of echelons that split the peloton putting paid to some’s G.C. hopes. Caution lads, Camel crossing ahead.. photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti Roger Hammond (Cervelo) made it another successful day for [...]

Wiggins claims Qatar time-trial

Britain’s triple Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins has the leader’s jersey after winning the first stage of the Tour of Qatar, a 6km time-trial. Wiggins, riding for American team Garmin, crossed the line first in six minutes and 34 seconds, just ahead of the Netherlands’ Hans Dekkers. Garmin also topped the team standings – for [...]

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 [...]