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 front with 250 meters to go and crossed the line two bike lengths clear with German pair Robert Forster and Heinrich Haussler finishing second and third.

Boonen, who wrested the overall lead on Tuesday on the way to his third victory in Qatar, could not match Cavendish for pace and finished 10th to protect his race leadership.

But the emphatic final day victory for Cavendish completed a superb week for British cycling, with Cervelo’s Roger Hammond claiming the second stage to briefly lead overall and Bradley Wiggins also holding the race lead after his Garmin squad won the opening team time trial on Sunday.

Cavendish said it showed the strength of cycling in Britain whose riders had long had to accept second best in the professional peloton.

“It’s brilliant to come here and win more than half the stages,” he told Eurosport.

“If you had said that five years ago nobody would have believed it,” he added.

Cavendish also recognized the part paid by his teammates to set him up for the stage win repeat.

“Everyone was so well organized but my team kept such cool heads to lead me up there,” he said.

The eighth edition of the Tour of Qatar, which acted as a season-opener for many of the world’s best riders, was marred by the death of Belgian rider Frederiek Nolf.

He was found dead in his hotel room in Doha hours before he was scheduled to compete in Thursday’s fifth and penultimate stage, which was ‘neutralized’ with the peloton riding together as a mark of respect to Nolf.

Nolf’s body has been repatriated to Belgium where an autopsy will be held to determine the cause of the 21-year-old’s death.

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