Tour of Qatar
Stage 5: Al Zubara Fort - Madinat Al Shamal - Stage Details

Aidis Kruopis sprinted to second place in Madinat Al Shamal on the fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar. André Greipel (Lotto Belisol), who missed out yesterday to Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) by millimetres, took the stage victory. Théo Bos (Belkin) rounded out the podium. 

Kruopis benefited from the strong lead-out performed by his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates, who could be seen massed on the front during the final 20 kilometres. With the sprint impending, Kruopis managed to push his way ahead of Greipel and behind Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol) in the final run in towards the line.

When Greipel opened his sprint, Kruopis cunningly hopped on his wheel. Although Kruopis attempted a second kick to come around Greipel, his efforts were for naught, as the German powered across the line by several bike lengths. Kruopis also opened up a gap to those in his wake.

"It was great work by the team during the race. I was happy to see them all working well with each other. The only mistake they made was that they came up too early to the front. We’ll watch the sprint many times tonight, and we’ll discuss what was good and what needs to be better for next time. We have one more chance. We’ll give it another big try." - Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage 


Place Rider/Team Time
1 André Greipel (Ger) - Lotto Belisol 3:48:53
2 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
3 Théo Bos (Ned) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team ST
4 Daniele Bennati (Ita) - Tinkoff-Saxo ST
5 Matteo Pelucchi (Swi) - IAM Cycling ST
6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) - Lotto Belisol ST
7 Sam Bennett (Irl) - Team NetApp - Endura ST
8 Tom Boonen (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
9 Niki Terpstra (Ned) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
10 Elia Viviani (Ita) - Cannondale ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
29 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:05
76 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:31
128 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:18
129 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
130 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
131 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
136 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:00