Tour of Qatar
Stage 4: Dukhan - Mesaieed - Stage Details

Aidis Kruopis narrowly missed the podium on the fourth stage of the Tour of Qatar. The Lithuanian sprinter crossed the line in fourth place as Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) piped André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) on the line for the stage win. Barry Markus (Belkin) claimed the final step on the podium.

A fast and furious tempo from the gun proved the most decisive factor of the day. The peloton averaged a leg-breaking 56.8 kilometres/hour. The high pace combined with the usual winds wreaked havoc on the bunch, which split multiple times throughout the day. With seven representatives in a group of around 50 riders, ORICA-GreenEDGE had a strong presence in the front group after the early split. By the finish, five of the seven remained amongst the leaders to assist Kruopis in the sprint. 

"I saw the team working together from the start today. That is so important in these races. We showed yesterday that as a team, we can compete with the best riders here. We raced more aggressively today compared with the first two days, and we had a better result. If you see the top two were Boonen and Greipel, I think we can be happy with fourth. We have two more days to try it again." - Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage 

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 2:22:34
2 André Greipel (Ger) - Lotto Belisol ST
3 Barry Markus (Ned) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team ST
4 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
5 Sam Bennett (Irl) - Team Netapp - Endura ST
6 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) - Astana Pro Team ST
7 Arnaud Demare (Fra) - FDJ.fr ST
8 Matteo Pelucchi (Swi) - IAM Cycling ST
9 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) - Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise ST
10 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) - Team Sky ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
4 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
56 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
71 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:13
83 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:11
85 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:23
106 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:07:02
131 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
147 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST