Tour of Qatar
Stage 3: Lusail Circuit - Lusail Circuit - Stage Details

Wearing his Australian National Time Trial Champion skinsuit for the first time, Michael Hepburn won the stage three Tour of Qatar individual time trial. The Queenslander covered the 10.9km course in 13’28, averaging 47.971 kilometres/hour. Lars Boom (Belkin) posted the second quickest time, 1” slower than Hepburn. Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) was 6” further adrift in third place.

The reigning world champion in the individual pursuit likened a short time trial to his efforts on the track. With specific preparation for the stage, he felt confident in his ability to produce a strong ride; however, it unclear how his strong ride would compare to the likes of Boom, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) and Ian Stannard (Team Sky). 

“It’s unbelievable. Right from the start, it was a really proud moment to ride in the national colours for the first time. I rode early in the race, so I had to wait awhile to see what my time would get me. Towards the end, when I realised that maybe I would win, the nerves really started to pick up. In the last couple weeks, I have done a few training sessions specific to this stage. My main objective was a good, solid ride. I wasn’t really thinking about a specific place. In the back of my mind, I guess I thought if I did a good ride today, a top five would be possible. There are some big names here. I’m pretty stoked to finish on the top.” - Michael Hepburn


Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:13:29
2 Lars Boom (Ned) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:01
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) - Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:06
4 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) - Trek Factory Racing ST
5 Niki Terpstra (Ned) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:08
6 Martin Elmiger (Swi) - IAM Cycling 0:00:10
7 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:13
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:15
9 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:16
10 Gert Steegmans (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:17
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:13:29
9 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:16
14 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:22
33 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:38
42 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:41
63 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:54
77 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:00
83 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:04