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February 10/12 12:54 pm - Tour of Qatar: Stage 6 and Final GC


Posted by Editoress on 02/10/12
 

Tom Boonen won today the overall classification in the Tour of Qatar. The rider from the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team ranked 28’’ ahead of American Tyler Farrar and 33’’ in front of Spain’s Juan Antonio Flecha.

Boonen built his achievement thanks to two partial successes in the first and fourth stages, aided by some exceptional team work. Thus Tornado Tom conquered his 4th general classification in the Tour of Qatar after his reigns in 2006, 2008 and 2009, to which he can add 20 stage victories; all of which make Boonen the most victorious rider ever to have ridden in the “Sultans’ Race”.

“I’ve never been interested in records,” said Boonen. “However it’s nice to win this race for the fourth time. After the good test in Argentina I wanted to win in Qatar. There were a lot of competitors here but I was also lucky that the route was adapted to my skills. I built my victory in the first stage and in the fourth stage - both were very difficult – then I concentrated on defending myself in the other stages. Today I didn’t want to take any risks, so as not to blow a week’s worth of work. I’m satisfied; this is my first step back to high level cycling. Now it will be important to stay calm and concentrate on fine tuning this conditioning. In Oman I’m going to be racing in support of my teammates, who have been fantastic in this start of 2012. There’s a great atmosphere on the team, I thank all of them for the fantastic job they’ve done for me. It would be a dream to be able to help one of them clinch a personal success.”

“Today we implemented an effective strategy,” explained Sports Director Wilfried Peeters. “ We didn’t want to take any chances. A fall would have compromised the work of one week. The guys stayed close to Tom, who didn’t want to risk anything. A flat or a fall in the last kilometres would have been a problem. For us today it was important to maintain our leadership in the race. Overall in Qatar we saw a great Tom Boonen but in general a great team, able to also win the classification for teams and to place Steegmans in 4th place. Today Gert also tried to make up a few seconds in the intermediate sprint so he could get to the third step on the podium, but to no avail. The guys rode a tight race and the results have rewarded us. It’s been a phenomenal start of 2012 for our team. Now we have to try to maintain this form and this spirit for the races to come.”


Courtesy Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team

Stage 6: Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche, 120.5 km
1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 2:20:44
2 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team
3 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
4 Roger Kluge (Ger) Project 1T4I
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team
6 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda
7 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale
8 Allan Davis (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team
9 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
10 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team
11 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Cannondale
12 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto - Belisol Team
13 Fumiyuki Beppu Japan Greenedge Cycling Team
14 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack - Nissan
15 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team
16 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda
17 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat
18 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team
19 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
20 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini
21 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Barracuda
22 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team
23 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team
24 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
25 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack - Nissan
26 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda
27 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Esp) Sky Procycling
28 Hayoto Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
29 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team
30 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Project 1T4I
31 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Barracuda
32 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team
33 Michael Schƒr (Sui) BMC Racing Team
34 David McCann (Irl) RTS Racing Team
35 Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1T4I
36 Mehdi Sohrabi Iran Lotto - Belisol Team
37 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto - Belisol Team
38 Jens Mouris (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team
39 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Radioshack - Nissan
40 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
41 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team
42 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team
43 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team
44 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
45 Yohan Offredo (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat
46 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
47 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda
48 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale
49 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Radioshack - Nissan
50 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Greenedge Cycling Team
51 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
52 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale
53 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha Team
54 Gregory Rast (Sui) Radioshack - Nissan
55 Baden Cooke (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team
56 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat
57 Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
58 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team
59 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda
60 Svein Tuft (Can) Greenedge Cycling Team
61 Klaas Sys (Bel) Bridgestone Anchor
62 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto - Belisol Team
63 Maciek Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas - Cannondale
64 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
65 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4I
66 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling
67 Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor
68 Jai Crawford (Aus) RTS Racing Team
69 Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1T4I
70 Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4I
71 Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor
72 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat
73 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
74 Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
75 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Radioshack - Nissan
76 Albert Timmer (Ned) Project 1T4I
77 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling
78 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale
79 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale
80 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team
81 Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini
82 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
83 Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini all s.t.
84 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini 0:15
85 Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini 0:18
86 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin - Barracuda 0:25
87 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team s.t.
88 Cristiano Benenati (Ita) Farnese Vini 0:30
89 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto - Belisol Team 0:33
90 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team s.t.
91 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 0:36
92 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:39
93 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale 0:59
94 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini s.t.
95 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Bigmat 1:08
96 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat s.t.
97 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:26
98 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling s.t.
99 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:29
100 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 1:39
101 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team s.t.
102 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Bigmat 1:43
103 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 1:48
104 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00
105 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha Team 2:12
106 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack - Nissan 0:00
107 Robert Wagner (Ger) Radioshack - Nissan 2:12
108 Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team s.t.
109 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team 5:58
110 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team s.t.
DNF Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
DNF Domenik Klemme (Ger) Project 1T4I
DNF Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
DNF Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
DNF Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team
DNF Chin Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team
DNF Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) RTS Racing Team
DNS Gatis Smukulis Latvia Katusha Team
DNS Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team
 
Final GC
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team 15:42:14
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda at 0:28
3 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Esp) Sky Procycling 0:33
4 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team 0:34
5 Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1T4I 1:00
6 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:05
7 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Radioshack - Nissan 1:06
8 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda 1:09
9 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Greenedge Cycling Team 1:10
10 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team 1:14
11 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda 1:19
12 Baden Cooke (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 1:20
13 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 1:28
14 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack - Nissan 1:31
15 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4I 1:40
16 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team 1:45
17 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda 1:56
18 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha Team 2:15
19 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team 2:16
20 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team 2:17
21 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 2:19
22 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 2:23
23 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Project 1T4I 2:27
24 Yohan Offredo (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 2:28
25 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 2:30
26 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 2:33
27 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale 2:52
28 Svein Tuft (Can) Greenedge Cycling Team 2:55
29 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 2:58
30 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack - Nissan 2:59
31 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto - Belisol Team 3:02
32 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto - Belisol Team s.t.
33 Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4I 3:09
34 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team 3:10
35 Albert Timmer (Ned) Project 1T4I 3:20
36 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team 3:27
37 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Barracuda 3:29
38 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda 3:36
39 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Cannondale 3:41
40 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling 3:43
41 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team 3:43
42 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team 3:45
43 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale 3:49
44 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale 3:49
45 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto - Belisol Team 3:50
46 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Radioshack - Nissan 3:50
47 Fumiyuki Beppu Japan Greenedge Cycling Team 3:52
48 Jens Mouris (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team 3:52
49 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team 3:52
50 Michael Schƒr (Sui) BMC Racing Team 3:53
51 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 3:53
52 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 4:00
53 Allan Davis (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 4:05
54 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini 4:07
55 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 4:13
56 Mehdi Sohrabi Iran Lotto - Belisol Team 4:14
57 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Bigmat 4:16
58 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 4:20
59 Roger Kluge (Ger) Project 1T4I 4:21
60 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 4:26
61 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 4:27
62 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 4:32
63 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale 4:33
64 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 4:39
65 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 4:39
66 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale 4:44
67 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 4:49
68 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Barracuda 4:53
69 Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini 5:04
70 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team 5:05
71 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 5:07
72 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini 5:09
73 David McCann (Irl) RTS Racing Team 5:10
74 Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1T4I 5:22
75 Gregory Rast (Sui) Radioshack - Nissan 5:28
76 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin - Barracuda 5:28
77 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini 5:29
78 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Bigmat 5:42
79 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 6:09
80 Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor 6:17
81 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team 6:17
82 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team 6:33
83 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team 6:36
84 Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini 6:48
85 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Radioshack - Nissan 6:59
86 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha Team 7:17
87 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling 7:22
88 Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini 7:31
89 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto - Belisol Team 7:50
90 Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 8:12
91 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team 8:30
92 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale 9:41
93 Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor 9:50
94 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team 10:14
95 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack - Nissan 11:37
96 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 12:29
97 Maciek Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas - Cannondale 12:59
98 Cristiano Benenati (Ita) Farnese Vini 13:03
99 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 13:20
100 Robert Wagner (Ger) Radioshack - Nissan 14:57
101 Jai Crawford (Aus) RTS Racing Team 16:08
102 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 16:52
103 Klaas Sys (Bel) Bridgestone Anchor 17:40
104 Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor 20:26
105 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team 20:58
106 Hayoto Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor 22:27
107 Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team 23:13
108 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 23:30
109 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 25:51
110 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team 27:18

 


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