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Tour of Qatar - Stage 6 Report & Photos
 
By Nick Bull
Date: 2/6/2009
Tour of Qatar - Stage 6 Report & Photos
 

Tour of Qatar - Stage 6 Report & Photos
First meeting of the Super Sprinters ends in Qatar - Cavendish scores second stage win as Boonen plays it cool to take home Gold Jersey number. CerveloTest Top Team with  Heinrich Haussler in the Silver jersey of Sprint king and third on the G.C.

Stage 6 - Sealine Beach Resort Doha Corniche
Mark Cavendish rounded off a successful week for British riders in the Tour of Qatar, taking the sixth and final stage into Doha. The Columbia rider, who dedicated his win to Frederiek Nolf, beat Robert Forster and Heinrich Haussler over the line. Tom Boonen finished tenth, in doing so sealed his third Tour of Qatar victory.

Setting out from the Sealine Beach Resort, the race headed towards the Doha Bay, where the stage ended by completing seven laps of a 9km circuit around the habour. The early breakaway was formed early on – consisting of Claudio Corioni (Liquigas), Servais Knaven (Milram), Gatis Smukulis (Ag2r), Marco Bandiera (Lampre), Chad Beyer (BMC Racing Team) and Rhys Pollock (Drapac), the group attacked within the first five kilometres of the stage. Although they gained a maximum lead of just over five minutes, the Peloton was clearly keeping control of the situation and soon began reeling the 6 man group in.


Columbia/Highroad and Katusha put the pressure on near the finish. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

The weather conditions also pointed towards a sprint finish for the line. There was little wind and no decisive splits in the Peloton. Quick Step were taking part in closing the gap, along with the Garmin and Katusha teams. As the main field began the seven laps around the Doha seafront, the escapees had a mere twenty-five seconds advantage.

By now, Columbia were more active upfront, and did most of the work once the breakaway group had been reeled in with 14.5km left.

Cavendish, winner of Stage 4, was looking comfortable in the wheels as his team-mates prevented any attacks from getting clear. It was Marcel Sieberg and Gregory Henderson who began the sprint for Cavendish, who actually lost the latter's wheel a few hundred metres out. Nonetheless, the Manxman proved why he's one of the best sprinters by dominating the final charge for the line. As on Stage 4, Cavendish had a comfortable margin as he crossed the line.

Boonen sat up to cross the line, as Haussler's third place gave him an insufficient time bonus to dislodge the Quick Step rider from the top of the GC standings. It was enough, though, for Haussler to leapfrog his Cervelo team-mate Roger Hammond into second place. Haussler also won the Young Rider's competition as well as the Points Classification.

However, all eyes were on Boonen, who completed his comeback from a suspension by winning the race for the third time. He now has fifteen stage victories in this event, having taken Stage 3. Unsurprisingly, the Belgian dedicated his victory to fellow countryman Nolf.


Servais Knaven leads the break.   Milram's Servais Knaven claimed the max points in the second sprint at kilometer 58 with Pollock and Smulkulis following in the same order as before.; the peloton followed  moving a more determinedly at only 2:05. Our brave escapees were hauled in after a 104 km adventure with only 15 km to go with under two laps of the 9 km circuit remaining. The sprinters teams geared up at the front of affairs as about 70 riders massed for the sprint finish.  Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti


The sprint starts with Cavendish in the middle of the gruppo.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti


Chicchi on the left, looks close... Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Team Columbia/Highroad
Second Strong Sprint Win for Cavendish 

Mark Cavendish blasted to his second sprint victory in three days in the Tour of Qatar on Friday. The British sprinter easily outclassed German rivals Robert Forster and Heinrich Haussler in the dash for the line on the Doha Corniche at the end of stage six.


Cavendish sits up to celebrate over the line for the win. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

“Everybody knew that we were going for the sprint because we’d taken control of the race well before the last few kilometres,” Cavendish said afterwards. "With a kilometre to go, suddenly all of the teams swamped together at the front, but my team-mates helped me go clear and get in the right position for the sprint. If I hadn’t had some bad luck in the first few days then I might have been fighting for the general classification.”

“But I’m coming away from here with two stage wins so I can’t really complain. Columbia was the most successful team in the world in 2008 and I just think we have to confirm that again this year.”


Cavendish Celebrates Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Cavendish said his victory on the final stage of Qatar was in honour of Frederiek Nolf, the rider who died tragically on Wednesday night during the Tour of Qatar. “It’s good to be able to dedicate the win to him, it’s a shame his team wasn’t here and he couldn’t finish the race, but this is for him and his family.”
 

Team Columbia-Highroad now heads to the other side of the globe for the Tour of California [Feb 15th - 22nd].

 Heinrich Haussler was 3rd today at the final stage of the Tour of Qatar finishing behind Mark Cavendish who took his second stage win and second place Robert Förster.


Cavendish on the podium collects his trophy. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Cervélo TestTeam Comments
Best Team, Points Jersey & Best Young Rider in First Outing

Cervélo TestTeam ended with the points jersey and the best young rider jersey for Heinrich Haussler, six riders in the top 10 of the General Classification, and of course the win in the team competition. A great start to the season, especially since it was accomplished with such a great, united effort.

Jens Zemke, Sports Director for the race, commented. "It was a historical moment for the newly created Cervélo TestTeam in our first race competing with the best sprinters and classic riders. And we could not have ridden better.


Heinrich Haussler in the blue jersey of Best young rider. Speaking of Cervelo, they were off to the races in a big way in Qatar with six rider in the top ten after six days, and impressive debut for the new team. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

"In the 6th stage we let a group of 6 riders go and after 25 km Colombia and our boys started working together. This group was caught with 15 km to go and it looked like a big show-down between Cavendish and Boonen. Our riders did a good lead-out and brought Heinrich Haussler into a good position. His 3rd place finish was a nice result again and he also earned enough points to win the points-classification to go along with the jersey for the best young rider. We also won the trophies for the best team and our riders finished in the GC in 2nd, 3rd, 4th , 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th and 14th positions.

"I have been in cycling for 32 years, and I have never seen a result with so many guys from one team in the first 10 places. I am really proud of this result, it shows that we have a team that came together fast. The first test was super and the bikes are a big advantage. The aerodynamic and stiffness was like cutting the wind with a knife. Cycling sports are getting closer to Formula 1, we tested new equipment and aerodynamic clothes. With a Cervélo bike, you know that you have the most aerodynamic bike."


2009Tour of Quatar Podium: Heinrich Haussler, Tom Boonen and Roger Hammond. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Tour of Qatar Stage 6 Results
Sealine Beach Resort Doha Corniche
121 Km -  2:36:18"

1. Cavendish Mark 11 Team Columbia - High Road 2h 36' 18"
2. Förster Robert 92 Team Milram 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
3. Haussler Heinrich 124 Cervelo Test Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"

4. Dekkers Hans 42 Garmin - Slipstream 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
5. Chicchi Francesco 71 Liquigas 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"


Mark Cavendish and Erik Zabel. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

6. Napolitano Danilo 56 Team Katusha 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
7. Furlan Angelo 101 Lampre - N.G.C 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
8. Van Hummel Kenny Robert 136 Skil-Shimano 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
9. Sentjens Roy 27 Silence - Lotto 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
10. Boonen Tom 1 Quick Step 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
11. Veelers Tom 137 Skil-Shimano 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
12. Mondory Lloyd 81 Ag2r-La Mondiale 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
13. Zberg Markus 111 Bmc Racing Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
14. Fothen Thomas 93 Team Milram 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
15. Poulhies Stéphane 87 Ag2r-La Mondiale 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
16. Tjallingii Maarten 38 Rabobank 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
17. Shimizu Miyataka 161 Meitan Hompo - Gdr 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
18. Hammond Roger 123 Cervelo Test Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
19. Lloyd Daniel 126 Cervelo Test Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
20. Dion Renaud 83 Ag2r-La Mondiale 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
21. Klier Andreas 121 Cervelo Test Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
22. Chtioui Rafaa 61 Doha Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
23. Hannachi Abdelbaset 66 Doha Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
24. Nakajima Yasuharu 164 Meitan Hompo - Gdr 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
25. Bookwalter Brent 113 Bmc Racing Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
26. Kadri Blel 84 Ag2r-La Mondiale 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
27. Kohler Martin 115 Bmc Racing Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
28. Stewart Jackson 117 Bmc Racing Team 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
29. Galimzyanov Denis 52 Team Katusha 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"
30. Seo Joon Yong 168 Meitan Hompo - Gdr 2h 36' 18" + 00' 00"

Sprint Points - Silver Jersey
1. Haussler Heinrich 124 Cervelo Test Team 100 Pts
2. Boonen Tom 1 Quick Step 92 Pts
3. Napolitano Danilo 56 Team Katusha 73 Pts

4. Cavendish Mark 11 Team Columbia - High Road 66 Pts
5. Hammond Roger 123 Cervelo Test Team 64 Pts

6. Furlan Angelo 101 Lampre - N.G.C 60 Pts
7. Förster Robert 92 Team Milram 48 Pts
8. Lloyd Daniel 126 Cervelo Test Team 40 Pts
9. Klier Andreas 121 Cervelo Test Team 34 Pts
10. Veelers Tom 137 Skil-Shimano 34 Pts

Best Young Rider
1. Haussler Heinrich 124 Cervelo Test Team 12h 55' 33"
2. Cavendish Mark 11 Team Columbia - High Road 12h 57' 36" + 02' 03"
3. Veelers Tom 137 Skil-Shimano 12h 58' 00" + 02' 27"
4. Reimer Martin 128 Cervelo Test Team 12h 58' 00" + 02' 27"
5. Galimzyanov Denis 52 Team Katusha 12h 58' 49" + 03' 16"
6. Gajek Artur 94 Team Milram 13h 01' 25" + 05' 52"
7. Duyn Huub 43 Garmin - Slipstream 13h 01' 39" + 06' 06"
8. Weylandt Wouter 7 Quick Step 13h 04' 45" + 09' 12"
9. De Maar Marc 32 Rabobank 13h 04' 48" + 09' 15"
10. Kohler Martin 115 Bmc Racing Team 13h 05' 00" + 09' 27"
11. Oss Daniel 76 Liquigas 13h 06' 11" + 10' 38"

Tour Of Qatar
General Classification After Stage 6 (Final)
1. Boonen Tom 1 Quick Step 12h 55' 25"
2. Haussler Heinrich 124 Cervelo Test Team 12h 55' 33" + 00' 08"
3. Hammond Roger 123 Cervelo Test Team 12h 55' 35" + 00' 10"

4. Lloyd Daniel 126 Cervelo Test Team 12h 55' 50" + 00' 25"
5. Klier Andreas 121 Cervelo Test Team 12h 55' 52" + 00' 27"

6. Florencio Xavier 122 Cervelo Test Team 12h 55' 53" + 00' 28"
7. Furlan Angelo 101 Lampre - N.G.C 12h 56' 32" + 01' 07"
8. Rasch Gabriel 127 Cervelo Test Team 12h 57' 08" + 01' 43"
9. Cavendish Mark 11 Team Columbia - High Road 12h 57' 36" + 02' 11"
10. Veelers Tom 137 Skil-Shimano 12h 58' 00" + 02' 35"
11. Reimer Martin 128 Cervelo Test Team 12h 58' 00" + 02' 35"
12. Sieberg Marcel 18 Team Columbia - High Road 12h 58' 08" + 02' 43"
13. Pozzato Filippo 51 Team Katusha 12h 58' 21" + 02' 56"
14. Galimzyanov Denis 52 Team Katusha 12h 58' 49" + 03' 24"
15. Zberg Markus 111 Bmc Racing Team 12h 58' 51" + 03' 26"
16. Hunt Jérémy 125 Cervelo Test Team 12h 59' 15" + 03' 50"
17. Cretskens Wilfried 22 Silence - Lotto 12h 59' 23" + 03' 58"
18. Lorenzetto Mirco 104 Lampre - N.G.C 12h 59' 31" + 04' 06"
19. Van Hummel Kenny Robert 136 Skil-Shimano 13h 00' 12" + 04' 47"
20. Tjallingii Maarten 38 Rabobank 13h 00' 19" + 04' 54"
21. Dion Renaud 83 Ag2r-La Mondiale 13h 00' 25" + 05' 00"
22. Wrolich Peter 98 Team Milram 13h 00' 30" + 05' 05"
23. Gajek Artur 94 Team Milram 13h 01' 25" + 06' 00"
24. Duyn Huub 43 Garmin - Slipstream 13h 01' 39" + 06' 14"
25. Posthuma Joost 35 Rabobank 13h 01' 43" + 06' 18"
26. Velo Marco 6 Quick Step 13h 03' 11" + 07' 46"
27. De Kort Koen 132 Skil-Shimano 13h 03' 22" + 07' 57"
28. Förster Robert 92 Team Milram 13h 03' 55" + 08' 30"
29. Flecha Juan Antonio 33 Rabobank 13h 04' 07" + 08' 42"
30. Reynes Vicente 17 Team Columbia - High Road 13h 04' 23" + 08' 58"
31. Napolitano Danilo 56 Team Katusha 13h 04' 36" + 09' 11"
32. Weylandt Wouter 7 Quick Step 13h 04' 45" + 09' 20"
33. De Maar Marc 32 Rabobank 13h 04' 48" + 09' 23"
34. Friedman Michael 44 Garmin - Slipstream 13h 04' 49" + 09' 24"
35. Kohler Martin 115 Bmc Racing Team 13h 05' 00" + 09' 35"
36. Henderson Gregory 15 Team Columbia - High Road 13h 05' 44" + 10' 19"
37. Curvers Roy 131 Skil-Shimano 13h 05' 53" + 10' 28"
38. Hulsmans Kevin 3 Quick Step 13h 05' 59" + 10' 34"
39. Barry Michaël 12 Team Columbia - High Road 13h 06' 10" + 10' 45"
40. Oss Daniel 76 Liquigas 13h 06' 11" + 10' 46"
41. Mikhailov Guennadi 55 Team Katusha 13h 06' 35" + 11' 10"
42. Bandiera Marco 102 Lampre - N.G.C 13h 06' 56" + 11' 31"
43. Lang Sebastian 24 Silence - Lotto 13h 07' 07" + 11' 42"
44. Schröder Björn 96 Team Milram 13h 07' 24" + 11' 59"
45. Tankink Bram 37 Rabobank 13h 07' 31" + 12' 06"
46. Shaw Stuart 156 Drapac Porsche Cycling 13h 07' 37" + 12' 12"
47. Markov Aleixei 54 Team Katusha 13h 07' 46" + 12' 21"
48. Docker Mitchell 134 Skil-Shimano 13h 08' 18" + 12' 53"
49. Pollock Rhys 155 Drapac Porsche Cycling 13h 08' 42" + 13' 17"
50. Knaven Servais 91 Team Milram 13h 08' 54" + 13' 29"
51. Van Summeren Johan 28 Silence - Lotto 13h 09' 07" + 13' 42"
52. Ignatiev Mikhail 53 Team Katusha 13h 10' 07" + 14' 42"
53. Sentjens Roy 27 Silence - Lotto 13h 11' 09" + 15' 44"
54. Da Dalto Mauro 103 Lampre - N.G.C 13h 11' 11" + 15' 46"
55. Lemoine Cyril 135 Skil-Shimano 13h 11' 19" + 15' 54"
56. Dekkers Hans 42 Garmin - Slipstream 13h 11' 46" + 16' 21"
57. Hasanin Omar 67 Doha Team 13h 11' 57" + 16' 32"
58. Stamsnijder Tom 36 Rabobank 13h 12' 53" + 17' 28"
59. Burghardt Marcus 13 Team Columbia - High Road 13h 13' 19" + 17' 54"
60. Mondory Lloyd 81 Ag2r-La Mondiale 13h 13' 43" + 18' 18"
61. Serov Alexander 57 Team Katusha 13h 14' 06" + 18' 41"
62. Sapa Marcin 107 Lampre - N.G.C 13h 14' 27" + 19' 02"
63. Maaskant Martijn 46 Garmin - Slipstream 13h 14' 36" + 19' 11"
64. Rosseler Sébastien 4 Quick Step 13h 14' 57" + 19' 32"
65. Ben Hassine Aymen 64 Doha Team 13h 15' 25" + 20' 00"
66. Grabsch Bert 14 Team Columbia - High Road 13h 16' 29" + 21' 04"
67. Arrieta Jose Luis 82 Ag2r-La Mondiale 13h 16' 34" + 21' 09"
68. Kadri Blel 84 Ag2r-La Mondiale 13h 18' 07" + 22' 42"
69. Bodnar Maciej 72 Liquigas 13h 18' 18" + 22' 53"
70. Damiens Mickaël 162 Meitan Hompo - Gdr 13h 18' 29" + 23' 04"
71. Sabatini Fabio 77 Liquigas 13h 18' 39" + 23' 14"
72. Poulhies Stéphane 87 Ag2r-La Mondiale 13h 18' 51" + 23' 26"
73. Corioni Claudio 73 Liquigas 13h 18' 55" + 23' 30"
74. Fothen Thomas 93 Team Milram 13h 18' 56" + 23' 31"
75. Langeveld Sebastian 34 Rabobank 13h 19' 07" + 23' 42"
76. Mori Massimiliano 105 Lampre - N.G.C 13h 19' 33" + 24' 08"
77. Righi Daniele 106 Lampre - N.G.C 13h 19' 33" + 24' 08"
78. Cruz Antonio 114 Bmc Racing Team 13h 19' 38" + 24' 13"
79. Hoste Leif 21 Silence - Lotto 13h 19' 57" + 24' 32"
80. Van Impe Kévin 5 Quick Step 13h 20' 42" + 25' 17"
81. Chicchi Francesco 71 Liquigas 13h 21' 05" + 25' 40"
82. Frischkorn William 45 Garmin - Slipstream 13h 21' 07" + 25' 42"
83. Deroo David 133 Skil-Shimano 13h 21' 14" + 25' 49"
84. Roels Dominik 95 Team Milram 13h 21' 18" + 25' 53"
85. Krivtsov Yuriy 85 Ag2r-La Mondiale 13h 22' 46" + 27' 21"
86. Terpstra Niki 97 Team Milram 13h 22' 51" + 27' 26"
87. Wiggins Bradley 41 Garmin - Slipstream 13h 23' 09" + 27' 44"
88. Stalder Florian 116 Bmc Racing Team 13h 23' 32" + 28' 07"
89. Beyer Chad 112 Bmc Racing Team 13h 24' 37" + 29' 12"
90. Williams Robert 157 Drapac Porsche Cycling 13h 26' 22" + 30' 57"
91. Lewis Joseph 154 Drapac Porsche Cycling 13h 26' 23" + 30' 58"
92. Chtioui Rafaa 61 Doha Team 13h 26' 27" + 31' 02"
93. Smukulis Gatis 88 Ag2r-La Mondiale 13h 27' 03" + 31' 38"
94. Seo Joon Yong 168 Meitan Hompo - Gdr 13h 27' 15" + 31' 50"
95. Wynants Maarten 8 Quick Step 13h 29' 34" + 34' 09"
96. Shimizu Miyataka 161 Meitan Hompo - Gdr 13h 30' 36" + 35' 11"
97. Pont Guillaume 167 Meitan Hompo - Gdr 13h 30' 36" + 35' 11"
98. Pineau Cedric 86 Ag2r-La Mondiale 13h 31' 26" + 36' 01"
99. Scheirlinckx Staf 26 Silence - Lotto 13h 31' 27" + 36' 02"
100. Stewart Jackson 117 Bmc Racing Team 13h 31' 36" + 36' 11"
101. Bookwalter Brent 113 Bmc Racing Team 13h 31' 36" + 36' 11"
102. Belhani Farid 63 Doha Team 13h 31' 59" + 36' 34"
103. Van Der Velde Ricardo 48 Garmin - Slipstream 13h 32' 14" + 36' 49"
104. Okazaki Kazuya 165 Meitan Hompo - Gdr 13h 32' 54" + 37' 29"
105. Swift Ben 58 Team Katusha 13h 34' 50" + 39' 25"
106. Rabon Frantisek 16 Team Columbia - High Road 13h 34' 50" + 39' 25"
107. Brausteins Daniel 152 Drapac Porsche Cycling 13h 36' 12" + 40' 47"
108. Hannachi Abdelbaset 66 Doha Team 13h 36' 13" + 40' 48"
109. Tolleson Taylor 118 Bmc Racing Team 13h 36' 14" + 40' 49"
110. Spilak Simon 108 Lampre - N.G.C 13h 36' 17" + 40' 52"
111. Nakajima Yasuharu 164 Meitan Hompo - Gdr 13h 36' 25" + 41' 00"
112. Banihammad Badr 62 Doha Team 13h 36' 43" + 41' 18"
113. Mc Donald Peter 151 Drapac Porsche Cycling 13h 37' 29" + 42' 04"
114. Humbert Ashley 153 Drapac Porsche Cycling 13h 37' 49" + 42' 24"
115. Esmaeili Tareq 65 Doha Team 13h 37' 54" + 42' 29"
116. Patour Kilian 47 Garmin - Slipstream 13h 37' 56" + 42' 31"
117. Dockx Bart 23 Silence - Lotto 13h 38' 34" + 43' 09"

Team Classification
1. Cervelo Test Team 38h 34' 00"
2. Quick Step 38h 36' 27" + 02' 27"
3. Team Columbia - High Road 38h 39' 29" + 05' 29"

4. Team Katusha 38h 41' 27" + 07' 27"
5. Lampre - N.G.C 38h 41' 58" + 07' 58"
6. Skil-Shimano 38h 42' 11" + 08' 11"
7. Silence - Lotto 38h 44' 12" + 10' 12"
8. Team Milram 38h 46' 46" + 12' 46"
9. Rabobank 38h 47' 08" + 13' 08"
10. Bmc Racing Team 38h 56' 06" + 22' 06"
11. Garmin - Slipstream 38h 58' 20" + 24' 20"
12. Ag2r-La Mondiale 39h 00' 03" + 26' 03"
13. Drapac Porsche Cycling 39h 09' 12" + 35' 12"
14. Liquigas 39h 10' 19" + 36' 19"
15. Doha Team 39h 35' 29" + 1h 01' 29"
16. Meitan Hompo - Gdr 39h 51' 47" + 1h 17' 47"

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