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February 11/14 10:10 am - Tour of Qatar: Stage 3


Posted by Editoress on 02/11/14
 

Wearing his Australian National Time Trial Champion skinsuit for the first time, Michael Hepburn won the stage three Tour of Qatar individual time trial. The Queenslander covered the 10.9km course in 13’28, averaging 47.971 kilometres/hour. Lars Boom (Belkin) posted the second quickest time, 1” slower than Hepburn. Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) was 6” further adrift in third place.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Hepburn. “Right from the start, it was a really proud moment to ride in the national colours for the first time. I rode early in the race, so I had to wait awhile to see what my time would get me. Towards the end, when I realised that maybe I would win, the nerves really started to pick up.”

“In the last couple weeks, I have done a few training sessions specific to this stage,” Hepburn added. “My main objective was a good, solid ride. I wasn’t really thinking about a specific place. In the back of my mind, I guess I thought if I did a good ride today, a top five would be possible. There are some big names here. I’m pretty stoked to finish on the top.”

The wind-swept, snake-shaped course featured several different changes in direction. Riders started with a crosswind, finished with a headwind and had a cross-tailwind between the two. Hepburn posted a negative split, completing the second half of the race faster than the first.

“It was very windy out there,” said Hepburn. “The gusts were around 25 kilometres/hour. The first couple kilometres into the headwind were slow. The next couple kilometres were much quicker. All the time was made or lost in the final three kilometres when we had a headwind.”

The reigning world champion in the individual pursuit likened a short time trial to his efforts on the track. With specific preparation for the stage, he felt confident in his ability to produce a strong ride; however, it unclear how his strong ride would compare to the likes of Boom, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) and Ian Stannard (Team Sky).

“I knew exactly what I had to do,” said Hepburn. “I had a clear idea of the power I had to produce, and I was confident I could do that. I’m in good condition for a 10 kilometre time trial. A race of this length is similar to the individual pursuit. You just have to be smooth. I wouldn’t say any one thing went right. I just did what I had the confidence that I could do – and it got me the win in the end.”

ORICA-GreenEDGE press release

 

Results from the third stage

Stage 3: Lusail Circuit ITT, 10.9 km
1 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:13:28.610
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team at 0:01
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:06
4 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
5 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:08
6 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling 0:10
7 Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:13
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:15
9 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE 0:16
10 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:17
11 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky s.t.
12 Jos van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:18
13 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 0:19
14 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:22
15 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step s.t.
16 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 0:23
17 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
18 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team both s.t.
19 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:24
20 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol s.t.
21 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:26
22 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step s.t.
23 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 0:29
24 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:31
25 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol s.t.
26 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:32
27 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:36
28 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol s.t.
29 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:37
30 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:37
31 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
32 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale both s.t.
33 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:38
34 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Skydive Dubai  
35 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura both s.t.
36 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 0:39
37 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
38 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale both s.t.
39 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 0:40
40 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
41 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 0:41
42 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE  
43 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale both s.t.
44 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:42
45 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
46 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team 0:43
47 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol 0:44
48 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale s.t.
49 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 0:46
50 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team 0:47
51 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team s.t.
52 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:48
53 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr  
54 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha both s.t.
55 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 0:49
56 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale  
57 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky boths.t.
58 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:50
59 Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling s.t.
60 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:51
61 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale 0:52
62 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 0:53
63 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:54
64 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky  
65 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team both s.t.
66 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 0:55
67 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale 0:56
68 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr s.t.
69 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:57
70 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
71 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo both s.t.
72 Francisco Mancebo (Esp) Skydive Dubai 0:58
73 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha 0:59
74 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
75 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step  
76 John Murphy (USA) Unitedhealthcare all s.t.
77 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEDGE 1:00
78 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr s.t.
79 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:01
80 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team s.t.
81 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp - Endura 1:02
82 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:03
83 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE 1:04
84 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 1:06
85 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling 1:07
86 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani CSF 1:08
87 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise s.t.
88 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Unitedhealthcare 1:09
89 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr  
90 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale  
91 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha all s.t.
92 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai 1:10
93 Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
94 Preben van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 1:12
95 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura s.t.
96 Jonas van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1:13
97 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
98 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
99 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise all s.t.
100 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:14
101 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky 1:15
102 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 1:16
103 Alexei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha s.t.
104 Pieter van Speybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 1:17
105 Maher Hasnaoui (Tun) Skydive Dubai  
106 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling  
107 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
108 Matteo Pelucchi (Sui) IAM Cycling  
109 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale  
110 Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai all s.t.
111 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 1:20
112 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 1:21
113 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing  
114 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
115 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing  
116 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
117 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale all s.t.
118 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 1:25
119 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
120 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling both s.t.
121 Paolo Colonna (Ita) Bardiani CSF 1:26
122 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura s.t.
123 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 1:27
124 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:28
125 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 1:29
126 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Unitedhealthcare 1:30
127 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:31
128 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale s.t.
129 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 1:32
130 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:37
131 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team s.t.
132 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Unitedhealthcare 1:38
133 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare 1:39
134 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp - Endura 1:40
135 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Skydive Dubai 1:42
136 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team s.t.
137 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky 1:44
138 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare s.t.
139 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 1:49
140 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team 1:50
141 Adil Jelloul (Mar) Skydive Dubai  
142 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Unitedhealthcare both s.t.
143 Michael van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 1:52
144 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 1:56
145 Théo Bos (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 1:59
146 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF s.t.
147 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2:06
148 Kenneth Hanson (USA) Unitedhealthcare 2:17
149 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Skydive Dubai 2:24
DNS Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr  
DNS Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr  
 
GC
1 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 6:57:06
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:21
3 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:24
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:28
5 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:35
6 Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:45
7 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:49
8 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:49
9 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:58
10 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 1:06
11 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:20
12 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:21
13 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 1:23
14 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 1:25
15 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:32
16 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:34
17 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 1:37
18 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 1:42
19 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 1:43
20 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:46
21 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale 1:47
22 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:53
23 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:57
24 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 2:00
25 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 2:03
26 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEDGE 2:05
27 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr 2:06
28 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 2:07
29 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha 2:15
30 Pieter van Speybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 2:23
31 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura 2:46
32 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling 2:50
33 Jos van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 2:54
34 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 2:56
35 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:57
36 Michael van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 2:58
37 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 3:09
38 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team 3:09
39 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 3:16
40 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 3:26
41 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 3:30
42 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 3:52
43 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura 3:58
44 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) IAM Cycling 3:59
45 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky 4:01
46 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 4:07
47 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE 4:27
48 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky 4:30
49 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol 4:32
50 Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo 4:58
51 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 6:11
52 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol 6:46
53 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 7:31
54 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE 7:41
55 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 7:45
56 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 7:47
57 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 7:48
58 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 8:02
59 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr 8:13
60 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale 8:17
61 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 8:28
62 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 8:33
63 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai 8:35
64 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 8:38
65 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Unitedhealthcare 8:55
66 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale 8:56
67 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 9:02
68 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp - Endura 9:04
69 John Murphy (USA) Unitedhealthcare 9:04
70 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 9:14
71 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol 9:31
72 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 9:43
73 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 9:59
74 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura 10:26
75 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr 10:29
76 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura 10:49
77 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 11:17
78 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 11:22
79 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 11:24
80 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani CSF 11:57
81 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 12:05
82 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 12:19
83 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Unitedhealthcare 12:27
84 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura 12:31
85 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 12:34
86 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 12:56
87 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 13:06
88 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha 13:46
89 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:48
90 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura 13:55
91 Preben van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 14:10
92 Alexei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha 14:14
93 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale 14:15
94 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare 14:42
95 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team 14:48
96 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 17:56
97 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 18:01
98 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 18:03
99 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 18:14
100 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Skydive Dubai 18:15
101 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 18:16
102 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE 18:18
103 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani CSF 18:21
104 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale 18:21
105 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 18:23
106 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale 18:26
107 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky 18:26
108 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 18:30
109 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 18:32
110 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale 18:33
111 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha 18:36
112 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr 18:46
113 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 18:46
114 Jonas van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol 18:50
115 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 18:50
116 Matteo Pelucchi (Sui) IAM Cycling 18:54
117 Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai 18:54
118 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 18:57
119 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 18:58
120 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 19:02
121 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 19:02
122 Paolo Colonna (Ita) Bardiani CSF 19:03
123 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 19:06
124 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 19:14
125 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Unitedhealthcare 19:15
126 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare 19:16
127 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Skydive Dubai 19:19
128 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 19:26
129 Adil Jelloul (Mar) Skydive Dubai 19:27
130 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 19:36
131 Kenneth Hanson (USA) Unitedhealthcare 19:54
132 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp - Endura 20:35
133 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling 20:58
134 Théo Bos (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 22:49
135 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 24:12
136 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 24:54
137 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team 24:55
138 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 25:01
139 Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling 25:02
140 Francisco Mancebo (Esp) Skydive Dubai 25:10
141 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling 25:19
142 Maher Hasnaoui (Tun) Skydive Dubai 25:29
143 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling 25:29
144 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 25:29
145 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 25:33
146 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 25:43
147 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Unitedhealthcare 26:02
148 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 26:08
149 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Skydive Dubai 26:36

 


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