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2010 Tour of Qatar - Stage 5
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 2/11/2010
2010 Tour of Qatar - Stage 5
 

2010 Tour of Qatar - Stage 5
A split peloton brought back in the final with all the usual suspects in a duel in the sun for line honors - Tom Boonen "Sultan of Sprint" proved the fastest to take his second stage and 17 Qatar victory.

The race once again came down to a shootout with all the top fastmen and once again Belgian road champion Tom Boonen won the duel to take his second stage win of the tour. Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) and Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) to capture his 17th success in Qatar.

After a fabulous showdown between the race favourites in the last 20 kms of the stage, Tom Boonen battled his way to the line to claim his second stage success of the 2010 Tour of Qatar. The title holder however failed to gain time on golden jersey Wouter Mol. With just one day to go, the Dutchman is close to the final victory.

Stage 5:  Lusail Madinat Al Shamal 142 km
123 riders took the start once again buffeted by a windy start, this time the wind provided a tailwind making for fast first hour. After 18 km a break of three led by HTC Columbia's Adam Hansen and joined by Katusha's Mikhail Ignatiev and Garmin's Canadian hardman Svein Tuft.

The trio was joined by  Cervélo TestTeam's Martin Reimer, BMC' s Simon Zahner and Ag2r la Mondiale's Christophe Riblon; the alliance of six worked well together quickly opening a gap of 50 seconds.

The sextets escape into the wind  gained a gap of almost two minutes by the first intermediate sprint in Umm Suwaiya with Reimer claiming the max points ahead of Ignatiev and Zahner .

2 hours into the race Saxo Bank led the chase closing to 25 seconds, but gave up the front when their efforts failed to split the peloton. The six leaders achieved their maximum gap after 76 kilometers

As our six adventurers  raced through the second hot sprint in Al Zubarah with only 31 km to go Martin Reimer again led followed by Ag2r's Riblon and BMC's Swiss rider Martin Zahner.

The peloton followed en mass with the six dangling off the front with 35 seconds. It was all over 2 kilometers later as the riders started the final 27 km.

Attacks followed after a brief respite splitting the peloton a front group of 14 riders surged to form the lead group with 24 km to go - the group contained race leader Vacansoleil's Wouter Mol and second placed Kluge of Milram, Fabian Cancellara, and top sprinters: and sprint rivals, Farrar, Boonen, Hagen, Haussler, J.J. Haedo, Napolitano, and Bennati.

As the chase closed in to ten seconds on the 14, Saxo Bank's Cancllara and O'Grady attempting to splite the group, another followed with BMC Racing Team’s John Murphy launched an attack with two km to go. The riders were  swept up in the final 500 meters with the race coming down to the expected field sprint.

 “I hit out with about two kilometers to go to keep the pressure off Marcus,” Murphy said. “Unfortunately, it was a block headwind. I went clear, but didn’t have enough after the hard crosswind. We drilled it to get Marcus (Burghardt) as much time as possible.”

Boonen of course won the close sprint with style coming around Danilo Napolitano and Boasson Hagen to take his 17th victory at Qatar.  With the win Boonen also closed in on Heinrich Haussler following at 8 points in the sprints jersey competiton. .

No change in the general classifications with Vacansoleil's Wouter Mol keeping his gold jersey with a 9 second cushion over Geert Steurs of  Topsport Vlaanderen.

BMC Racing Team
 Ballan Set The Stage

Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said a classic tactic by Alessandro Ballan freed Murphy and Burghardt’s group from the peloton. “When we made the turn at the Castle At Al Zubarah there was a big fight in the front of the group,” Lelangue said. “Ballan left a gap and they got the advantage." Though the group of 14 only gained a maximum lead of about 30 seconds, it did put pressure on Quick Step’s Tom Boonen, who was forced to chase to maintain his third place overall. "It’s too bad that group didn’t make it to the end, but it has been satisfying to see everyone working well together," Lelangue said.

Lelangue went on to comment about tomorrow's stage,   it will be difficult to make a successful break, especially with the wind not blowing as hard as in past editions of the race. “Making top five at the Tour of Qatar bodes really well for the upcoming season,” he said. “With the exception of the first two guys – who took advantage of their breakaway on Stage 2 – all the rest of the names in the top 10 are the top guys in the classics.”

Cervélo TestTeam
 Theo Bos in fourth and Heinrich Haussler in eighth, once again finished in the top ten in today's fifth stage.
Theo Bos opened the sprint, but Boonen moved onto his wheel and was able to pass him in the last few meters. Heinrich Haussler, who was aiming for another top place today, ended up in eighth position and still retains the sprinters jersey.

D.S. Jens Zemke...
"We had an early attack today with six riders after 20 kilometres, Martin Reimer was in this group. Martin was the best placed rider in the group and that made it pretty easy for our guys in the bunch, but the peloton chased this group back after 100 kilometres in the lead. In the last 30 kilometres we had some wind and we started some action but unfortunately our other riders had to wait for Heinrich because he was not in the first group, although Roger Hammond was. Everything came together just before the final as we tried to bring our sprinters into the best position again. The result was another fourth place for Theo."

Roger Hammond...
"We started the last 30 kilometres with a big group and turned into the head wind. We knew from last year that we all needed to have a good position in the front. And it happened as we expected with the bunch splitting. We were with some guys in the front group, so I just stayed in the front group and the other guys went back to help Heinrich. The situation in the final was not so easy with three Liquigas riders around me. I wanted to wait for a late attack but than the peloton chased us back and in the peloton we had Heinrich and Theo for the sprint."

Team Saxo Barnk
Juan José Haedo Fifth

“The wind kept changing throughout the day and of course, the guys paid attention to that at the end of the stage where Fabian and Stuart went clear of the pack and were caught only 500 meters from the finish line. Tomorrow's stage ends with a circuit race where it will be interesting to watch Matti and JJ Haedo”,  sports director Bradley commented.

2010 Tour of Qatar UCI 2.1 - Stages & Report Links
February 7 - 12

Stage 1:  West Bay Lagoon West Bay Lagoon TTT 8.2 km
Stage 2:  Camel Race Track Qatar Foundation 147 km
Stage 3:  Dukhan Mesaieed 136.5 km
Stage 4:  The Pearl Al Khor Corniche 146.5 km
Stage 5:  Lusail Madinat Al Shamal 142 km
Stage 6:  Al Wakra Doha Corniche 123.5 km
Total Distance: 704 km

Tour of Qatar Course Preview - Sprinters Challenge
Tour of Qatar 2010 - The Favorites
Index: Tour of Qatar 2009 - Race Reports & Photos

Stage 5: Results
Lusail Madinat Al Shamal

142 km - 3:12:00
1 Boonen Tom Quick Step Cycling Team 3h 13' 00"
2 Napolitano Danilo Katusha Team - 00' 00"
3 Boasson Hagen Edvald Team Sky - 00' 00"

4 Bos Theo Cervelo Test Team - 00' 00"
5 Haedo Juan Jose Team Saxo Bank - 00' 00"

6 Wrolich Peter Team Milram - 00' 00"
7 Chicchi Francesco Liquigas-Doimo - 00' 00"
8 Haussler Heinrich Cervelo Test Team - 00' 00"
9 Eisel Bernhard Team Htc - Columbia - 00' 00"
10 Farrar Tyler Garmin - Transitions - 00' 00"
11 O’grady Stuart Team Saxo Bank - 00' 00"
12 Trussov Nicolaï Katusha Team - 00' 00"
13 Burghardt Marcus Bmc Racing Team - 00' 00"
14 De Vocht Wim Team Milram - 00' 00"
15 Hammond Roger Cervelo Test Team - 00' 00"
16 Gilbert Philippe Omega Pharma - Lotto - 00' 00"
17 Phinney Taylor Trek Livestrong U23 - 00' 00"
18 Casper Jimmy Saur-Sojasun - 00' 00"
19 Mondory Lloyd Ag2r-La Mondiale - 00' 00"
20 Maaskant Martijn Garmin - Transitions - 00' 00"
21 Kluge Roger Team Milram - 00' 00"
22 Mol Wouter Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team - 00' 00"
23 Steurs Geert Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 00' 00"
24 Klier Andreas Cervelo Test Team - 00' 00"
25 Hunt Jérémy Cervelo Test Team - 00' 00"
26 Velo Marco Quick Step Cycling Team - 00' 00"
27 Matheou Romain Saur-Sojasun - 00' 00"
28 Ballan Alessandro Bmc Racing Team - 00' 00"
29 Lodewijck Klaas Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 00' 00"
30 Eskov Nikita Katusha Team - 00' 00"

Sprint Points Classification
1. Haussler Heinrich 11 Cervelo Test Team 95 Pts

2. Boonen Tom 1 Quick Step Cycling Team 87 Pts
3. Napolitano Danilo 75 Katusha Team 56 Pts
4. Haedo Juan Jose 34 Team Saxo Bank 55 Pts
5. Chicchi Francesco 112 Liquigas-Doimo 52 Pts

6. Kluge Roger 103 Team Milram 47 Pts
7. Bos Theo 13 Cervelo Test Team 46 Pts
8. Wrolich Peter 108 Team Milram 46 Pts
9. De Haes Kenny 43 Omega Pharma - Lotto 44 Pts
10. Gilbert Philippe 41 Omega Pharma - Lotto 43 Pts

Best Young Rider
1 Kluge Roger Team Milram 13h 14' 27" Silver Jersey

2 Lodewijck Klaas Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 01' 01"
3 Vanmarcke Sep Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 01' 54"
4 Trussov Nicolaï Katusha Team - 01' 57"
5 Reimer Martin Cervelo Test Team - 03' 40"

6 Kohler Martin Bmc Racing Team - 03' 49"
7 Stannard Ian Team Sky - 03' 58"
8 Van Vooren Steven Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 04' 07"
9 Stauff Andreas Quick Step Cycling Team - 04' 58"
10 Boasson Hagen Edvald Team Sky - 07' 30"
11 Phinney Taylor Trek Livestrong U23 - 08' 13"
12 Oss Daniel Liquigas-Doimo - 08' 50"
13 Dockx Gert Team Htc - Columbia - 09' 48"
14 Goss Matthew Harley Team Htc - Columbia - 10' 02"
15 Poulhies Stéphane Saur-Sojasun - 10' 10"

General Classification After Stage 5
1 Mol Wouter Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 13h 12' 28"
2 Steurs Geert Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 00' 09"
3 Boonen Tom Quick Step Cycling Team - 01' 45"

4 Kluge Roger Team Milram - 01' 59"
5 Burghardt Marcus Bmc Racing Team - 02' 05"

6 Napolitano Danilo Katusha Team - 02' 09"
7 Gilbert Philippe Omega Pharma - Lotto - 02' 17"
8 Haussler Heinrich Cervelo Test Team - 02' 37"
9 Chicchi Francesco Liquigas-Doimo - 02' 38"
10 O’grady Stuart Team Saxo Bank - 02' 40"
11 Velo Marco Quick Step Cycling Team - 02' 47"
12 Ballan Alessandro Bmc Racing Team - 02' 48"
13 Hammond Roger Cervelo Test Team - 02' 53"
14 Lemoine Cyril Saur-Sojasun - 02' 54"
15 Lodewijck Klaas Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 03' 00"
16 Hunt Jérémy Cervelo Test Team - 03' 23"
17 Klier Andreas Cervelo Test Team - 03' 35"
18 Cooke Baden Team Saxo Bank - 03' 37"
19 Eisel Bernhard Team Htc - Columbia - 03' 41"
20 Van Groen Arnoud Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team - 03' 45"
21 Vanmarcke Sep Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 03' 53"
22 Trussov Nicolaï Katusha Team - 03' 56"
23 Lang Sebastian Omega Pharma - Lotto - 03' 56"
24 Mondory Lloyd Ag2r-La Mondiale - 04' 00"
25 Bos Theo Cervelo Test Team - 04' 31"
26 Rasch Gabriel Cervelo Test Team - 04' 36"
27 Hulsmans Kevin Quick Step Cycling Team - 04' 36"
28 Schröder Björn Team Milram - 04' 40"
29 Reimer Martin Cervelo Test Team - 05' 39"
30 Kohler Martin Bmc Racing Team - 05' 48"
31 Stannard Ian Team Sky - 05' 57"
32 Westra Lieuwe Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team - 05' 59"
33 Bandiera Marco Katusha Team - 06' 05"
34 Van Vooren Steven Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 06' 06"
35 Pate Danny Garmin - Transitions - 06' 44"
36 Stauff Andreas Quick Step Cycling Team - 06' 57"
37 Farrar Tyler Garmin - Transitions - 07' 02"
38 Fischer Murilo Antoniobil Garmin - Transitions - 07' 52"
39 Traksel Bobbie Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team - 08' 51"
40 Pronk Matthé Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team - 08' 54"
41 Boasson Hagen Edvald Team Sky - 09' 29"
42 Haedo Juan Jose Team Saxo Bank - 09' 42"
43 Casper Jimmy Saur-Sojasun - 09' 54"
44 Martias Rony Saur-Sojasun - 09' 54"
45 Wrolich Peter Team Milram - 09' 56"
46 Sentjens Roy Team Milram - 09' 58"
47 Vandenbergh Styn Katusha Team - 10' 06"
48 Eskov Nikita Katusha Team - 10' 10"
49 Phinney Taylor Trek Livestrong U23 - 10' 12"
50 Hinault Sébastien Ag2r-La Mondiale - 10' 40"
51 Oss Daniel Liquigas-Doimo - 10' 49"
52 Elijzen Michiel Omega Pharma - Lotto - 11' 03"
53 Maaskant Martijn Garmin - Transitions - 11' 08"
54 Haedo Luis-Sebastian Team Saxo Bank - 11' 13"
55 De Vocht Wim Team Milram - 11' 25"
56 Dockx Gert Team Htc - Columbia - 11' 47"
57 Murphy John Bmc Racing Team - 11' 51"
58 Goss Matthew Harley Team Htc - Columbia - 12' 01"
59 Engoulvent Jimmy Saur-Sojasun - 12' 04"
60 Poulhies Stéphane Saur-Sojasun - 12' 09"
61 Van Staeyen Michael Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 12' 16"
62 Smukulis Gatis Ag2r-La Mondiale - 12' 20"
63 Knaven Servais Team Milram - 12' 20"
64 Appollonio Davide Cervelo Test Team - 12' 23"
65 Van Summeren Johan Garmin - Transitions - 12' 26"
66 Thomas Geraint Team Sky - 12' 36"
67 Van Avermaet Greg Omega Pharma - Lotto - 12' 43"
68 Kristoff Alexander Bmc Racing Team - 12' 45"
69 Coutouly Cédric Saur-Sojasun - 12' 48"
70 Downing Russel Team Sky - 12' 49"
71 Wynants Maarten Quick Step Cycling Team - 12' 56"
72 Willems Frederik Liquigas-Doimo - 12' 59"
73 Cancellara Fabian Team Saxo Bank - 13' 11"
74 Vanspeybrouck Pieter Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 13' 20"
75 Zahner Simon Bmc Racing Team - 13' 29"
76 Stewart Jackson Bmc Racing Team - 13' 31"
77 Feillu Romain Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team - 13' 32"
78 Velits Martin Team Htc - Columbia - 13' 34"
79 Matheou Romain Saur-Sojasun - 13' 35"
80 Tosatto Matteo Quick Step Cycling Team - 13' 35"
81 Neirynck Stijn Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 13' 43"
82 Vandewalle Kristof Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 13' 43"
83 Bak Lars Team Htc - Columbia - 13' 43"
84 Schär Michael Bmc Racing Team - 13' 46"
85 Cimolai Davide Liquigas-Doimo - 13' 46"
86 Rousseau Nicolas Ag2r-La Mondiale - 13' 47"
87 Dowsett Alex Trek Livestrong U23 - 13' 49"
88 Pozzato Filippo Katusha Team - 13' 58"
89 Hoj Frank Team Saxo Bank - 14' 03"
90 Cretskens Wilfried Omega Pharma - Lotto - 14' 08"
91 Hoste Leif Omega Pharma - Lotto - 14' 10"
92 Tuft Svein Garmin - Transitions - 14' 18"
93 Mouris Jens Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team - 14' 21"
94 Klemme Dominik Team Saxo Bank - 14' 32"
95 Mangel Laurent Saur-Sojasun - 14' 43"
96 Nordhaug Lars-Peter Team Sky - 14' 52"
97 Breschel Matti Team Saxo Bank - 15' 02"
98 Van Impe Kévin Quick Step Cycling Team - 15' 12"
99 Wiggins Bradley Team Sky - 15' 15"
100 Ignatiev Mikhail Katusha Team - 15' 23"
101 Scheirlinckx Staf Omega Pharma - Lotto - 15' 25"
102 Ovechkin Artem Katusha Team - 15' 25"
103 Riblon Christophe Ag2r-La Mondiale - 15' 27"
104 Sergent Jesse Trek Livestrong U23 - 15' 28"
105 King Ben Trek Livestrong U23 - 15' 31"
106 Bennati Daniele Liquigas-Doimo - 15' 36"
107 Gastauer Ben Ag2r-La Mondiale - 16' 24"
108 Ghyselinck Jan Team Htc - Columbia - 16' 28"
109 Flecha Juan Antonio Team Sky - 16' 40"
110 Gretsch Patrick Team Htc - Columbia - 16' 43"
111 Kyer Julian Trek Livestrong U23 - 16' 56"
112 Quinziato Manuel Liquigas-Doimo - 17' 02"
113 Ruijgh Rob Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team - 17' 14"
114 Terpstra Niki Team Milram - 17' 32"
115 De Weert Kevin Quick Step Cycling Team - 17' 43"
116 Williams Justin Trek Livestrong U23 - 17' 51"
117 De Haes Kenny Omega Pharma - Lotto - 18' 31"
118 Berard Julien Ag2r-La Mondiale - 19' 31"
119 Santaromita Ivan Liquigas-Doimo - 19' 34"
120 King Ben Trek Livestrong U23 - 20' 04"
121 Campbell Cody Trek Livestrong U23 - 20' 12"
122 Hansen Adam Team Htc - Columbia - 20' 44"

Team Classification After Stage 5
1. Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator 39h 24' 15"

2. Cervelo Test Team 39h 24' 24" - 00' 09"
3. Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 39h 25' 32" - 01' 17"

4. Quick Step Cycling Team 39h 25' 50" - 01' 35"
5. Katusha Team 39h 26' 10" - 01' 55"
6. Bmc Racing Team 39h 26' 28" - 02' 13"
7. Garmin - Transitions 39h 28' 04" - 03' 49"
8. Team Milram 39h 32' 14" - 07' 59"
9. Omega Pharma - Lotto 39h 33' 16" - 09' 01"
10. Team Saxo Bank 39h 33' 38" - 09' 23"
11. Saur-Sojasun 39h 40' 02" - 15' 47"
12. Liquigas-Doimo 39h 41' 43" - 17' 28"
13. Ag2r-La Mondiale 39h 43' 18" - 19' 03"
14. Team Sky 39h 43' 56" - 19' 41"
15. Team Htc - Columbia 39h 44' 46" - 20' 31"
16. Trek Livestrong U23 39h 54' 34" - 30' 19"

 
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