Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) won the final day of racing at Tour of Qatar while Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) finished in the bunch to take the overall victory. Aidis Kruopis, second on stage five, was unable to crack the top ten on stage six, slotting into 13th place on the Doha Corniche.
Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing), Rafai Chtioui (Skydive Dubai), Alessandro Bazzana (Unitedhealthcare) and Marcus Burghardt (BMC) animated the early action, slipping clear of the bunch between Sealine Beach Resort and the start of the ten circuit laps around the Corniche. The escape group crossed the finish line for the first time with a 2’45 advantage. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step spent the first three-quarters of the race at the front of the peloton. They were joined by Cannondale, Lotto Belisol and ORICA-GreenEDGE in the last hour of racing.
Despite the work done by the Australian outfit during the last circuit lap, the ORICA-GreenEDGE sprint train never took shape. Other teams shared a similar issue, and with no clear lead-outs materialising, the finale proved hectic and haphazard. Démare found a way to make his way through the chaos, easily edged out Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) for the stage win. Bernie Eisel (Team Sky) rounded out the podium.
"The sprint was hectic, and the boys lost each other in the end. There were no big trains from any team today, so it was important for the sprinters to choose a good wheel in the finish. Aidis wasn’t in the right place when the sprint began." - Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage
|1||Arnaud Demare (Fra) - FDJ.fr||2:45:06|
|2||Daniele Bennati (Ita) - Tinkoff-Saxo||ST|
|3||Bernhard Eisel (Aut) - Team Sky||ST|
|4||Tom Boonen (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team||ST|
|5||Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) - Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|6||Silvan Dillier (Swi) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|7||Andrea Guardini (Ita) - Astana Pro Team||ST|
|8||Sam Bennett (Irl) - Team Netapp - Endura||ST|
|9||Sebastian Lander (Den) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|10||Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) - Bardiani CSF||ST|
|13||Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|32||Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|71||Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|76||Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE|
|101||Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|132||Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:19|
|133||Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|145||Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:53|