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February 12/14 9:54 am - Tour of Qatar: Stage 4


Posted by Editoress on 02/12/14
 

Tornado Tom Takes Second Victory by a Centimeters
Terpstra Keeps Gold Once Again, Third Win in Four Stages for OPQS


The 135km 4th stage at Tour of Qatar was fast, and far from easy. The race speed averaged more than 50km/h, several riders dealt with punctures due to holes in the road, and the peloton split into several groups. Luckily, OPQS played their cards perfectly and remained in command throughout the race.

OPQS remained in the front group and were a factor in all the intermediate sprints to protect the GC lead of Niki Terpstra. They also gave some help to Tom Boonen, who was in 4th overall going into the stage. When the race came back together in the final kilometers, OPQS stayed in control on the front to set up Boonen for his sprint.

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) had other plans, but Boonen was able to earn his second victory at the 2014 edition of Tour of Qatar - and the 22nd at the race in his career - with a bike throw.  Barry Markus (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) was 3rd. The photo finish showed Boonen took the win by mere centimeters.

"It was one of the fastest races of my life," Boonen said. "I remember a race like this at Paris-Nice a few years ago, but today was another level of fast. As a team we never tried to split the group. We stayed united to avoid dangers on the road. Everybody survived through the first part of the race. We stayed in front and we never tried to make the race harder than what it was already with the wind. So, we stuck together and maintained some control. Near the finish I had the perfect leadout, especially from Andrew Fenn. He did a very good job. He stayed cool and calm, and he led me in the right position. Then I let Greipel go because Jurgen Roelandts went early, which forced Greipel to start slow and use energy to increase his speed. So I jumped on his wheel, waited until the last moment and tactically it was a nice sprint."

Thanks to OPQS again dominating another battle in the wind, Terpstra remains in the Gold Jersey, and Boonen powered his way into 2nd place overall (+17").

"The next two days it will be hard again," Boonen said. "Probably less windy. But, we have to stay focused and pay attention to all the details. Niki and I are really well placed in the GC, so we will try to defend his position. Concerning me, I am really happy about this Tour of Qatar and it's nice to reward the team with a victory after a hard 'day at the office.'"

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and and Stijn Vandenbergh are also 5th and 8th overall. OPQS is in fantastic position going into the 159km Stage 5 on Thursday.

"Today was a really stressful day," Terpstra said. "I had a flat tire during the race, so I struggled to come back. But, the team was so strong the guys kept me in the front the entire day. Then they had the power to help Tom for the sprint. It's super nice when you can count on guys like that. In the next two days it will be hard and stressful again. The title of my mission is 'stay awake.'"

Omega Pharma Quick-Step Cycling Team press release



Results

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

 


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