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February 13/15 11:47 am - Tour of Qatar: Stage 6 and Final GC


Posted by Editoress on 02/13/15
 

Niki Terpstra wins a second Tour of Qatar

After a tremendous week of racing in very demanding windy conditions, the 14th edition of the Tour of Qatar was claimed by Niki Terpstra. As he did a year ago, the Dutchman prevailed to earn a well deserved Golden Jersey, beating Maciej Bodnar and Alexander Kristoff. The final stage of the event ended, as expected, with a bunched sprint on the Doha Corniche. Irishman Sam Bennett flew to his first ever stage success, beating Guardini and Bouhanni to the line.

At the start of the final stage of the 2015 Tour of Qatar, there was still a lot at stake in the different standings of the event. Wearing the Golden Jersey, like a year ago at the Sealine Beach Resort was Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) but the Dutchman had serious pressure on his shoulders, having only a slim 6s lead over Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo) and 11s over three-time stage winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). While Alejandro Valverde (MOV) had decided to call it quits before the final stage, the 132 remaining riders took off at 1:32 for a 113.5 kms ride, heading north to the Doha Corniche.

As soon as the first kilometre, four riders broke away : Burghardt (BMC Racing Team), Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Boem and Pirazzi (Bardiani CSF). Their lead grew rapidly and reached 1:10 at km 10. But the Katusha team then took command of the pack and started chasing, having in mind the bonus seconds up for grabs at the intermediate sprints. After their long ride north and after enjoying a maximum 2:05 lead, the front four reached the final circuit around the Doha Corniche and crossed the finish line for the first time (at km 56.5) with a 38s advantage. That gap had dropped to 22s at the second crossing of the line. Burghardt, Van Hecke and Boem were the first three to be caught by the pack, while Pirazzi carried on alone. The Italian was finally caught at km 68 just after the third passage on the line.

Time had come for the big teams to prepare for the first intermediate sprint at the 4th corssing of the line (km 68). Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) went on to capture the win just ahead of Kristoff (Katusha) and Trentin (Etixx-Quick Step). Thanks to his 2 bonus seconds Kristoff virtually moved within 9s of the overall lead, meaning that if he won the stage and Terpstra finished outside of the top 3, the Norwegian would win the 2015 event. At km 77, two riders took off in the lead: Keisse (Etixx-Quick Step) and Van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise). Their advantage over the pack reached 52s at the 6th crossing of the line. At the second bonus sprint (7th crossing) won by Keisse ahead of Van Hoecke, the pack led out by Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) remained 45s adrift. The escapees were finally caught at km 93 with over two laps to go. Despite attempts from the Tinkoff Saxo team to break the pack apart, the peloton remained together all the way to the finish line.

In a bunched sprint, Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) flew to an impressive stage victory. The Irishman captured his first ever success in Qatar, beating Guardini (Astana) and Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) to the line. Finishing in the pack, in 25th position, Niki Terpstra went on to conquer the overall victory. A year after his first win on the Tour, the Dutchman conquers a second crown. In the final GC, the 2014 Paris-Roubaix champion wins with a 6s lead over Bodnar and 9s over Kristoff who has to settle for the Silver jersey (points classification winner). Sixth of the event, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) wins the best young riders White Pearl Jersey while Etixx Quickstep finishes best team of this 14th edition.

Courtesy ASO

 

Results from the sixth and final stage in Qatar

Stage 6: Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche, 113.5 km
1 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 2:24:03
2 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
5 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka
6 Adam Blythe (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE
7 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step
8 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
9 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
10 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar Team
11 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
12 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
13 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr
14 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
15 Pieter Van Speybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
16 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
17 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
18 Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF
19 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
20 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
21 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
22 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka
23 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
24 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
25 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step
26 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
27 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
28 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
29 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
30 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team
31 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
32 Kristan Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka
33 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky
34 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
35 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
36 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
37 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
38 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
39 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
40 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
41 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
42 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
43 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr
44 Vicente Reynes (Esp) IAM Cycling
45 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr
46 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr
47 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
48 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
49 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
50 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
51 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE
52 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
53 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
54 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
55 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
56 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
57 Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
58 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing all s.t.
59 Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 0:08
60 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18
61 Sven Erik Byström (Nor) Team Katusha
62 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
63 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
64 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
65 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) IAM Cycling
66 Pablo Lastras (Esp) Movistar Team
67 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
68 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
69 Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18
70 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre - Merida
71 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
72 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr
73 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha all s.t.
74 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:12
75 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
76 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team
77 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
78 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha
79 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
80 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
81 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
82 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
83 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida
84 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling
85 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
86 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida
87 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
88 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 0:20
89 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
90 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 0:24
91 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
92 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:31
93 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:32
94 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:35
95 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:38
96 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 0:50
97 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:53
98 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
99 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
100 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
101 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
102 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
103 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo all s.t.
104 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 0:56
105 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka
106 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo both s.t.
107 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 1:03
108 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
109 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:18
110 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits s.t.
111 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 1:21
112 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:33
113 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:52
114 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr
115 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr both s.t.
116 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 2:06
117 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida s.t.
118 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE 2:08
119 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 2:18
120 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling
121 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team both s.t.
122 Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:24
123 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 2:45
124 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
125 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka both s.t.
126 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18 2:54
127 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 3:23
128 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 3:50
129 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 4:11
130 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF s.t.
131 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 4:15
132 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE s.t.
DNS Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team
 
Final GC
1 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step 17:36:48
2 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:06
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:09
4 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:12
5 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:19
6 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:31
7 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 0:33
8 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 0:39
9 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 0:39
10 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:41
11 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:54
12 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 0:55
13 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 0:59
14 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:04
15 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling 1:11
16 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:19
17 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 1:21
18 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:24
19 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 1:27
20 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:39
21 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 1:40
22 Adam Blythe (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE 1:44
23 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:49
24 Sven Erik Byström (Nor) Team Katusha 1:49
25 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:54
26 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 2:30
27 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 2:37
28 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 3:17
29 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 3:18
30 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step 3:21
31 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 3:52
32 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 4:03
33 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE 4:05
34 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 4:21
35 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar Team 4:41
36 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr 5:04
37 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 5:14
38 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 5:16
39 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 5:19
40 Vicente Reynes (Esp) IAM Cycling 5:36
41 Pieter Van Speybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 5:58
42 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 6:02
43 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 6:21
44 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 6:28
45 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team 6:54
46 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 6:57
47 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 7:03
48 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 7:14
49 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 7:54
50 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha 8:09
51 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 8:12
52 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 8:31
53 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr 8:33
54 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 8:41
55 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 8:51
56 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 9:22
57 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky 9:58
58 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team 9:59
59 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18 10:05
60 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka 10:06
61 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr 10:26
62 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 10:49
63 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 11:10
64 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 11:11
65 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team 11:20
66 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 11:43
67 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 11:58
68 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida 12:02
69 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 12:02
70 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 12:03
71 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida 12:24
72 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka 12:34
73 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky 12:42
74 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 12:54
75 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team 12:54
76 Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 13:19
77 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida 13:19
78 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 13:20
79 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 13:23
80 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 13:27
81 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18 13:31
82 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) IAM Cycling 13:51
83 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team 13:56
84 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida 13:57
85 Pablo Lastras (Esp) Movistar Team 14:00
86 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team 14:06
87 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 14:13
88 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 14:46
89 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling 15:01
90 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling 15:05
91 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 15:34
92 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling 15:35
93 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 15:39
94 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 15:47
95 Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 15:58
96 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 16:13
97 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 16:36
98 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 16:44
99 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx-Quick Step 16:56
100 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin 17:04
101 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 17:10
102 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 17:28
103 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 17:40
104 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 18:24
105 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 19:07
106 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 19:16
107 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 19:25
108 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 19:47
109 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 20:52
110 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE 21:47
111 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 22:13
112 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 22:17
113 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre - Merida 23:24
114 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 23:31
115 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida 24:26
116 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 25:24
117 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 25:33
118 Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 27:21
119 Kristan Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka 27:45
120 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 28:27
121 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 28:42
122 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 29:41
123 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 30:20
124 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 31:35
125 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 31:38
126 Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF 33:12
127 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr 33:34
128 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr 34:08
129 Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18 35:38
130 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 37:24
131 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 38:00
132 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE 42:20

 

 

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