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7th Tour of Qatar - Stage 1 Just In
 
By Andy McGrath
Date: 1/27/2008
7th Tour of Qatar - Stage 1 Just In
 

Quick Step have got their 2008 season off to the best possible start by winning the race-opening 6-kilometer TTT in the 7th Tour of Qatar. Led over the line by Matteo Tosatto, they beat Slipstream by three seconds. Skil-Shimano were third, five seconds in arrears.

Tour de France stage winner Tosatto said: "This is a nice way to start the year. It's our team's and Boonen's first race. We are pleased because we did well on our first outing. We won this TTT last year and have repeated our performance. Training started in Spain before arriving here; we've demonstrated that we worked hard (there)."
The Italian continued: "It's clear that our captain is Tom [Boonen]. We will see how things go tomorrow. The most important thing was to start this Tour of Qatar well.

Still, Slipstream directeur sportif Johnny Weltz was delighted with his team's showing: "We started out moderately with Backstedt setting the pace and then continued to accelerate. All the guys worked together well and had a perfect race."

With this solid foundation, the Belgian squad will now be looking to take some sprint victories with Tom Boonen and, if they can, secure the race title. After all, this is one of the richest races on the UCI calendar.

Stage 1 - Doha - Doha, 6km TTT - Results
1. QUICK STEP 06' 35"
2. SLIPSTREAM CHIPOTLE 06' 37" + 00' 02"
3. SKIL-SHIMANO 06' 40" + 00' 05"
4. LIQUIGAS 06' 41" + 00' 06"
5. SILENCE - LOTTO 06' 42" + 00' 07"
6. CREDIT AGRICOLE 06' 44" + 00' 09"
7. TINKOFF CREDIT SYSTEMS 06' 46" + 00' 11"
8. DRAPAC PORSHE 06' 47" + 00' 12"
9. LAMPRE 06' 47" + 00' 12"
10. TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN 06' 47" + 00' 12"
11. BOUYGUES TELECOM 06' 48" + 00' 13"
12. BMC RACING TEAM 06' 48" + 00' 13"
13. TEAM MILRAM 06' 48" + 00' 13"
14. COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 06' 52" + 00' 17"
15. SAUNIER DUVAL - SCOTT 06' 53" + 00' 18"
16. DOHA TEAM 07' 01" + 00' 26"
17. IRAN CYCLING FEDERATION 07' 05" + 00' 30"

General Classification after Stage 1
1. TOSATTO Matteo QUICK STEP 06' 35"
2. CRETSKENS Wilfried QUICK STEP 06' 35"
3. DE JONGH Steven QUICK STEP 06' 35"
4. BOONEN Tom QUICK STEP 06' 35"
5. VAN DE WALLE Jurgen QUICK STEP 06' 35"
6. HULSMANS Kevin QUICK STEP 06' 35"
7. SUTTON Christopher SLIPSTREAM CHIPOTLE 06' 37" + 00' 02"
8. MILLAR David SLIPSTREAM CHIPOTLE 06' 37" + 00' 02"
9. MAASKANT Martijn SLIPSTREAM CHIPOTLE 06' 37" + 00' 02"
10. DUYN Huub SLIPSTREAM CHIPOTLE 06' 37" + 00' 02"

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