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February 10/14 10:10 am - Tour of Qatar: Stage 2


Posted by Editoress on 02/10/14
 

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team played their strengths to perfection in the 160.5km second stage of the Tour of Qatar, shattering the field to pieces in the wind, putting all their riders in the front group to chase down the breakaway, and making sure Tom Boonen was in perfect position to go for his 21st career victory.

 

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Tom Boonen wins - photo Tim De Waele

 

The team worked hard and pulled the breakaway back in the last kilometers, and also chased down an attacking Lars Boom of Belkin Pro Cycling Team. Boonen's sprint to the finish was so strong he left a considerable gap to the 2nd and 3rd place finishers, Michael Morkov (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol). Despite winning with multiple bike lengths of an advantage, Boonen still made sure he sprinted all the way to the line, and even added a bike throw for good measure.

 

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GC leader Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen - photo Tim De Waele

 

"I always sprint to the line, because a few years ago I was beaten by a certain guy named Mark Cavendish at Scheldeprijs," Boonen said with a smile. "I didn't sprint to the line then. So, from that day on, I sprint until the last centimeter."

OPQS also had three riders finish in the top 10 for the second straight day: Andrew Fenn in 4th and GC leader Niki Terpstra in 7th. Terpstra kept the GC lead, having also fought for crucial intermediate sprint points throughout the stage. Fenn, with his 4th place finish, now wears the white jersey for best young rider.

This was the 4th win, in three disciplines, in 2014 for OPQS.

OPQS will once again work hard for a top finish at Tour of Qatar on Tuesday.

"I am really happy about this result," Boonen said. "This race always brings me luck. It's only the second race after Tour de San Luis and I already have a victory. So I am happy about it especially after a stage like today, a stage that was really hard. From the beginning we went full gas together with Tinkoff and Sky, and we created an immediate action. We went away with about 20 guys, including eight guys of our team. So with that many riders in the group we kept riding during the stage. We only thought about riding, and not the sprint. At 5km to more or less I was talking with Nikolas Maes to try and organize a sprint when I suddenly I hit a hole in the road. My saddle went down about 4cm, and was pointing downward. I broke also my wheels. I was super lucky that I didn't have a flat tire or crash. But at that point it was too late to think about it or change the bike. I only thought about going fast for the sprint, not thinking about what could happen. There's always something at Tour of Qatar to make this race hard — the wind, or an accident for example. So, considering that I am thrilled with this victory."

Boonen gave much credit to the hard work of his teammates throughout the stage.

"I'm especially happy for the team, we won two races in two days which is important for the morale," Boonen said. "Tomorrow there is a time trial, and we will see. Niki is in the lead, and of course it would be nice to be there in the top five tomorrow with Niki and maybe someone else on the team. Because when you have more than one guy you can play a little bit tactically in the next stages. We will see. It's only a question to go full gas for 10 kilometers tomorrow and see the results at the end."

 

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team press release

 

Results


Stage 2: Camel Race Track to Al Khor Cornich, 160.5km
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 3:30:07
2 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
3 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
4 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
7 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
8 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol all s.t.
9 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:05
10 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
11 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 0:07
12 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:11
13 Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:14
14 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
15 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky both s.t.
16 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 0:18
17 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
18 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo both s.t.
19 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:48
20 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr
21 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
22 Pieter van Speybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
23 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura
24 Michael van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
25 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha
26 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
27 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
28 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr
29 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
30 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
31 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
32 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
33 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Unitedhealthcare
34 Jos van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
35 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
36 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
37 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
38 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
39 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
40 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
41 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE
42 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
43 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
44 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
45 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEDGE
46 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team
47 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
48 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo all s.t.
49 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team 2:28
50 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale
51 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
52 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp - Endura
53 Alexei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
54 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) IAM Cycling
55 Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo
56 Preben van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
57 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling
58 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura
59 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare
60 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
61 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
62 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
63 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
64 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
65 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
66 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky
67 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling
68 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
69 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol
70 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani CSF all s.t.
71 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 2:47
72 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol 5:29
73 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani CSF 6:43
74 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team s.t.
75 Francisco Mancebo (Esp) Skydive Dubai 7:07
76 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
77 Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai
78 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
79 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Skydive Dubai
80 Adil Jelloul (Mar) Skydive Dubai
81 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
82 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai
83 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
84 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Skydive Dubai
85 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
86 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
87 Paolo Colonna (Ita) Bardiani CSF
88 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
89 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr
90 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
91 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
92 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
93 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
94 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
95 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
96 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr
97 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
98 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare
99 Jonas van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol
100 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
101 Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling
102 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
103 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team
104 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
105 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
106 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale
107 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
108 Maher Hasnaoui (Tun) Skydive Dubai
109 Matteo Pelucchi (Sui) IAM Cycling
110 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
111 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale
112 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
113 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
114 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
115 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr
116 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Unitedhealthcare
117 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
118 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
119 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
120 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp - Endura
121 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
122 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr
123 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
124 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
125 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
126 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale
127 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr
128 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
129 John Murphy (USA) Unitedhealthcare
130 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale
131 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
132 Kenneth Hanson (USA) Unitedhealthcare
133 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
134 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura
135 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
136 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Unitedhealthcare
137 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
138 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
139 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
140 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha
141 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
142 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Skydive Dubai
143 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
144 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling
145 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
146 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
147 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE
148 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
149 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
150 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Unitedhealthcare all s.t.
151 Théo Bos (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 10:20
DNF David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr
 
GC
1 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 6:43:30
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:05
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:14
4 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:20
5 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:26
6 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
7 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
8 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo all s.t.
9 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:31
10 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
11 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:34
12 Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:40
13 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step s.t.
14 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:03
15 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEDGE 1:13
16 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:14
17 Michael van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
18 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha
19 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
20 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
21 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
22 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
23 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
24 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr
25 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
26 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
27 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
28 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
29 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
30 Pieter van Speybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
31 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
32 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:51
33 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 2:03
34 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura 2:16
35 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 2:24
36 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 2:44
37 Jos van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team s.t.
38 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling 2:48
39 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 2:52
40 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 2:54
41 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
42 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
43 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
44 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
45 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura
46 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky all s.t.
47 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) IAM Cycling 3:31
48 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE s.t.
49 Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo 3:56
50 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol s.t.
51 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 5:47
52 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol 5:55
53 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 7:12
54 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp - Endura 7:32
55 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai 7:33
56 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr
57 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
58 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
59 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
60 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
61 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
62 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
63 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr
64 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Unitedhealthcare
65 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
66 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
67 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr
68 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
69 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale
70 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
71 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE all s.t.
72 John Murphy (USA) Unitedhealthcare 8:13
73 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 8:35
74 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 9:13
75 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura
76 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky both s.t.
77 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura 9:31
78 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr 9:41
79 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 9:48
80 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 10:52
81 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 10:56
82 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani CSF 11:26
83 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
84 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
85 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Unitedhealthcare
86 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
87 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo all s.t.
88 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 11:37
89 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 11:42
90 Alexei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha 13:06
91 Preben van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
92 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare
93 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team
94 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
95 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale
96 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
97 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani CSF all s.t.
98 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani CSF 17:21
99 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 17:31
100 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 17:45
101 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
102 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
103 Paolo Colonna (Ita) Bardiani CSF
104 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
105 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
106 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
107 Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai
108 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale
109 Adil Jelloul (Mar) Skydive Dubai
110 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
111 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare
112 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Skydive Dubai
113 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
114 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale
115 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Skydive Dubai
116 Jonas van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol
117 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
118 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
119 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr
120 Matteo Pelucchi (Sui) IAM Cycling
121 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
122 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
123 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
124 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
125 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
126 Kenneth Hanson (USA) Unitedhealthcare
127 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE
128 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Unitedhealthcare
129 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
130 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
131 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
132 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale
133 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing all s.t.
134 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp - Endura 19:41
135 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling s.t.
136 Théo Bos (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 20:58
137 Francisco Mancebo (Esp) Skydive Dubai 24:20
138 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
139 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
140 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
141 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team
142 Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling
143 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
144 Maher Hasnaoui (Tun) Skydive Dubai
145 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
146 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Unitedhealthcare
147 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
148 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
149 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling
150 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
151 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Skydive Dubai all s.t.

 


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