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February 9/14 17:10 pm - Tour of Qatar: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 02/9/14

Niki Terpstra Wins Stage One

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team likely couldn't have played the first stage of Tour of Qatar any better on Sunday. With two riders in a five man escape group — Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Niki Terpstra — and Tom Boonen and several other OPQS riders in the group behind, the advantage was theirs going into the final kilometers.



Niki Terpstra wins


It looked like the break, which also included Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling), Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol), and Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team), might be caught for a bunch sprint finale with 18km to go and the gap at 20 seconds. However, just a few kilometers later the gap was back up to 32 seconds. The same happened in the final 7 kilometers. The gap hovered at about 22" with 7km to go, but grew to 31" at 5km to go. Van Keirsbulck sacrificed his own chances in the final to ensure Terpstra had a chance to contest the stage, as it looked like the sprint for victory would be into a tough headwind.

In the final kilometer Martin Elmiger (IAM cycling) attacked first, but Terpstra immediately reacted and jumped on his wheel. Terpstra then launched his own sprint and was able to hold everyone off for the first OPQS road win of 2014.

Roelandts was 2nd and Schar finished in 3rd place. Van Keirsbulck, after his tremendous effort helping Terpstra, was also 5th and teammate Tom Boonen was 6th, winning the group sprint.

Winds played a factor throughout the race, but OPQS is known for doing well in such conditions.

"First part of the stage was crosswinds so actually that was the hardest part," Terpstra said. "In the end we had front wind, so the speed was going down, but then we attacked with five riders. Luckily we could keep a small gap until the finish. Fighting against the wind is always hard. But in the end we made it. I'm really happy Guillaume was in the front group with me. He worked really hard. He gave me some motivation and in the end I still had enough energy to do the sprint and it worked out well. So I have to say thanks to him for using all his energy to help give me the best chance for a victory."

OPQS was able to take a total team effort to put the two riders in the breakaway.

"The team was great all day," Terpstra said. "When we had an echelon after 55km we were there with five riders. A big group came back, but not everyone. Then in the final after the bonus sprint we got in a breakaway of five. In that group we participated really well together, especially Guillaume. What he did in the last kilometer was perfect for me and I'm happy I could finish the job."

Van Keirsbulck said truly gave everything to help his teammate in the breakaway.

"It was pretty windy today," Van Keirsbulck said. "But, I had a good feeling. When me and Niki were in the break I asked him if he felt good and he said yes. So, then I started riding until I was dead. At one point I lost them for about 20 meters, but not more, so I tried to come back. I managed to do it and then tried to attack, which put Niki in a perfect position because the others had to react and use energy. I'm really happy we won today and I could be a big part of it."

OPQS CEO Patrick Lefevere was proud of the first road victory of 2014 for the team.

"It's always a pleasure to get the first victory of the year," Lefevere said. "Today the team was strong. They took the initiative and Niki had a great win, so of course with this I am happy."

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team press release


Stage 1: Al Wakra to Dukhan Beach, 135.5km
1 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 3:13:42
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:01
3 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
4 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling both s.t.
5 Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:07
6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
7 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
8 Arnaud Demare (Fra)
9 Michael van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
10 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol
11 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
12 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEDGE
13 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
14 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp - Endura
15 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
16 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
17 Yoann Offredo (Fra)
18 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai
19 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Unitedhealthcare
20 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha
21 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
22 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
23 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
24 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
25 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
26 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
27 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
28 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
29 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
30 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
31 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
32 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
33 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
34 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
35 Mickaël Delage (Fra)
36 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)
37 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
38 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
39 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
40 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
41 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
42 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
43 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
44 Johan Le Bon (Fra)
45 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
47 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura all s.t.
48 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:44
49 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
50 John Murphy (USA) Unitedhealthcare 0:47
51 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:07
52 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
53 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
54 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky all s.t.
55 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:09
56 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol
57 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura both s.t.
58 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:07
59 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
60 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol both s.t.
61 Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:09
62 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale 0:07
63 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 1:37
64 Jos van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
65 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team both s.t.
66 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 1:47
67 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:07
68 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 1:47
69 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
70 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura both s.t.
71 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura 2:05
72 Laurent Mangel (Fra) 2:15
73 Pieter van Speybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise s.t.
74 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:22
75 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE 2:24
76 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:07
77 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 4:06
78 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:07
79 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 4:11
80 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 4:40
81 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team s.t.
82 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale 10:19
83 Alexei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
84 David Boucher (Fra)
85 Preben van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
86 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
87 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
88 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
89 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
90 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
91 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
92 Paolo Colonna (Ita) Bardiani CSF
93 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
94 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare
95 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE
96 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra)
97 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale
98 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
99 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
100 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare
101 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Unitedhealthcare
102 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
103 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
104 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky
105 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
106 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
107 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha
108 Kenneth Hanson (USA) Unitedhealthcare
109 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team
110 Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai
111 Adil Jelloul (Mar) Skydive Dubai
112 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
113 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
114 Théo Bos (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
115 Matteo Pelucchi (Sui) IAM Cycling
116 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
117 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
118 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
119 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
120 Jonas van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol
121 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani CSF
122 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
123 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
124 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale
125 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani CSF
126 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
127 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Skydive Dubai
128 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale
129 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Skydive Dubai
130 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
131 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
132 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
133 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Unitedhealthcare
134 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF all s.t.
135 Francisco Mancebo (Esp) Skydive Dubai 16:54
136 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team
137 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling
138 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
139 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
140 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp - Endura
141 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
142 Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling
143 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Unitedhealthcare
144 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling
145 Maher Hasnaoui (Tun) Skydive Dubai
146 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
147 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
148 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
149 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
150 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
151 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Skydive Dubai
152 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF all s.t.


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