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February 9/15 9:44 am - Tour of Qatar: Stage 2 (Men)


Posted by Editoress on 02/9/15
 

Day two of the Tour of Qatar was the scene of one of the most spectacular stages in the history of the event. A sand storm hit the peloton in the first hour of what was to be an action packed stage. After a tremendous battle between the teams of the favourites, fifteen riders eventually went clear to the finish in Al Khor where Alexander Kristoff conquered his first ever stage in Qatar. The Norwegian beat Guardini and Van Avermaet on his way to conquering the overall leader’s Golden Jersey.

 

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Leaving Al Wakra - photos
Qatar Cycling Federation/Paumer/B.Bade

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Riders set out onto the wind and sand swept race - photos
Qatar Cycling Federation/Paumer/B.Bade

 

While the riders had struggled against the wind on stage 1, the conditions were a lot more favourable for the second and longest day of the event: a 187.5 ride from the Al Wakra harbour to the corniche in Al Khor. The 141 riders at the start knew the wind would make the day a fast one, little had they imagined that a sand storm would hit the pack as soon as they left Al Wakra. Straight fro the start, making the best of the strong tailwind, the favourites’ teams moved to the front and manage to break the pack apart. At the front of the wind and sand swept race, where the likes of Golden Jersey Rojas, title holder Terpstra, four-time winner Boonen, as well as Sagan, Cancellara, Kristoff, Blythe and Haussler. The front group’s lead grew to 45s over the first chasing bunch but things calmed down and the peloton bunched up again at km 50 for the end of Round 1.

 

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Qatar Cycling Federation/Paumer/B.Bade

It was then the turn of five men to break away at km 51: Morkov (Tinkoff-Saxo),Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka), Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Hayman (Orica GreenEDGE). Their advantage grew to a 1:10 at km 68 just before poor old Wallays was hit by a puncture. The front four continued their efforts and the gap reached 3:50 at km 102. At the first intermediate sprint (km 108.5), won by Van Avermaet ahead of Hayman and Morkov, the gap had dropped down to 3:30. Round 2 of the battle between favourites could then commence. Led by the riders of Etixx Quickstep, around forty riders powered away. The only big names missing where Kittel (Team Giant-Alpecin), Wiggins (Team Sky) and Valverde (Movistar). Meanwhile, the front five saw their lead drop down dramatically. They were finally caught by the Golden Jersey group at km 123. Sixty riders eventually bunched up together again before another big explanation occurred. This time 36 strong men made a difference. A decisive move that Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), Kittel (Team Giant-Alpecin), Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Credits), Valverde (Movistar) and Wiggins (Team Sky) missed out on. The second bonus sprint (km 157.5) was clinched by Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) ahead of Maes (Etixx-Quick Step) and Burghardt (BMC Racing Team). As the pace continued being impressive, several riders failed to keep up. White Pearl Jersey Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) was the first to be dropped. Then came the turn of overall leader José Joaquin Rojas. The Golden Jersey would never manage to move back to the front. With 25 kilometres to go, only 15 riders remained at the front: Terpstra, Boonen, Maes (Etixx-Quick Step), Sagan, Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo), Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing), Burghardt, Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Kristoff (Katusha), Guardini, Tleubayev (Astana), Rowe, Stannard (Team Sky), Blythe (Orica GreenEDGE) and Haussler (IAM Cycling).

 

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Lead bunch - photos
Qatar Cycling Federation/Paumer/B.Bade

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The sprint - photos
Qatar Cycling Federation/Paumer/B.Bade

 

The front group remained together all the way to the Al Khor Corniche. Despite a few attempts, victory was to be decided after a group sprint. Without the slightest team mate, an exhausted Alexander Kristoff flew to victory claiming his first ever success in his sixth appearance at the Tour of Qatar. Winner of Milan-San Remo and two stages of the Tour de France last year, the 27-year-old Norwegian adds a prestigious win to his victory record by beating Guardini and Van Avermaet to the line. Kristoff takes command of the GC with a 1s lead over Boonen and 3s over Van Avermaet and will be wearing the Golden Jersey on tomorrow’s individual time-trial. Fifth on the day, Tom Boonen captures the Silver Jersey (points classification) while Peter Sagan claims the White Pearl Jersey for the best young rider.
ASO press release

 

Results from the second stage in Qatar

Stage 2: Al Wakra to Al Khor Corniche, 187.5km
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 3:49:51
2 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
5 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
6 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Iam Cycling
7 Adam Blythe (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE
8 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
9 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
10 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
11 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step
12 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
13 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky all s.t.
14 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 0:06
15 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team s.t.
16 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:15
17 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr
18 Sven Erik Byström (Nor) Team Katusha
19 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
20 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step
21 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
22 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
23 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha
24 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
25 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
26 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
27 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
28 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
29 Roger Kluge (Ger) Iam Cycling
30 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky
31 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
32 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr
33 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 all s.t.
34 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:30
35 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE 0:50
36 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:08
37 Vicente Reynes (Esp) Iam Cycling
38 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team
39 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
40 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
41 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18
42 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
43 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
44 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida
45 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
46 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar Team
47 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
48 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
49 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
50 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
51 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
52 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
53 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr
54 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
55 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr
56 Pieter Van Speybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
57 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
58 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
59 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha all s.t.
60 Théo Bos (Ned) Mtn-Qhubeka 6:55
61 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr
62 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr
63 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
64 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
65 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
66 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
67 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
68 Marcel Aregger (Sui) Iam Cycling
69 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team
70 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team
71 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
72 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team
73 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) Iam Cycling
74 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha
75 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida
76 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18
77 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha
78 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
79 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits all s.t.
80 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 9:18
81 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
82 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
83 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
84 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Mtn-Qhubeka
85 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Mtn-Qhubeka
86 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
87 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Iam Cycling
88 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida
89 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
90 Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
91 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx-Quick Step
92 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
93 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
94 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
95 Pablo Lastras (Esp) Movistar Team
96 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
97 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Mtn-Qhubeka
98 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
99 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
100 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
101 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
102 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Iam Cycling
103 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
104 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Mtn-Qhubeka
105 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
106 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE
107 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
108 Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
109 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
110 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
111 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida
112 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida
113 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
114 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
115 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise all s.t.
116 Jaco Venter (RSA) Mtn-Qhubeka 0:12:09
117 Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
118 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
119 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
120 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
121 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
122 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre - Merida all s.t.
123 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:23:48
124 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Iam Cycling
125 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing
126 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
127 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
128 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
129 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
130 Kristan Sbaragli (Ita) Mtn-Qhubeka
131 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr
132 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
133 Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF
134 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr
135 Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18
136 Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
137 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
138 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
139 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
DNF Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Luca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
 
GC
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 7:39:31
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step at 0:01
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:03
4 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04
5 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step 0:08
6 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:09
7 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:10
8 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Iam Cycling
9 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
10 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
11 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
12 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
13 Adam Blythe (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE all s.t.
14 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 0:14
15 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:16
16 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:23
17 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:25
18 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
19 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
20 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
21 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
22 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step
23 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr
24 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 all s.t.
25 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:43
26 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
27 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:50
28 Roger Kluge (Ger) Iam Cycling s.t.
29 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:54
30 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:55
31 Sven Erik Byström (Nor) Team Katusha 0:58
32 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 0:58
33 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky 1:41
34 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:56
35 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE 2:16
36 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar Team 3:08
37 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 3:18
38 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
39 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team
40 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
41 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
42 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18
43 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr
44 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
45 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
46 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
47 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
48 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing all s.t.
49 Vicente Reynes (Esp) Iam Cycling 3:38
50 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:51
51 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
52 Pieter Van Speybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
53 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
54 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr
55 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise all s.t.
56 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 4:33
57 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 4:34
58 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha s.t.
59 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 7:01
60 Théo Bos (Ned) Mtn-Qhubeka 7:05
61 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
62 Marcel Aregger (Sui) Iam Cycling
63 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
64 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha all s.t.
65 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 7:30
66 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team 7:38
67 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
68 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr
69 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team
70 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
71 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
72 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 8:21
73 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team
74 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) Iam Cycling
75 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18 all s.t.
76 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida 9:02
77 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida 9:27
78 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Mtn-Qhubeka 9:28
79 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
80 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida 9:34
81 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin s.t.
82 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 9:41
83 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Mtn-Qhubeka 9:53
84 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team 10:01
85 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
86 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
87 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
88 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx-Quick Step
89 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Iam Cycling
90 Pablo Lastras (Esp) Movistar Team
91 Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
92 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
93 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
94 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
95 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
96 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida all s.t.
97 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 10:12
98 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 10:44
99 Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
100 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
101 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE
102 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
103 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Mtn-Qhubeka
104 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
105 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
106 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Iam Cycling
107 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
108 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise all s.t.
109 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 10:59
110 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 11:57
111 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Mtn-Qhubeka
112 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
113 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
114 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
115 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida all s.t.
116 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 12:19
117 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
118 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:09
119 Jaco Venter (RSA) Mtn-Qhubeka 13:35
120 Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 16:13
121 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 16:23
122 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre - Merida 18:03
123 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 23:58
124 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
125 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team both s.t.
126 Kristan Sbaragli (Ita) Mtn-Qhubeka 24:23
127 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 24:42
128 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Iam Cycling 24:44
129 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 24:48
130 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 24:50
131 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr 25:14
132 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
133 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
134 Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18 all s.t.
135 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 26:27
136 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr s.t.
137 Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF 26:48
138 Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF 26:53
139 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE 30:32



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