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Tour of Qatar 2010

Date range:
February 7-12, 2010

February 07, Stage 1: West Bay Lagoon (TTT) 8.2km

Dominant start for Sky in Qatar team time trial

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
February 07, 2010, 12:00 GMT,
Updated:
February 10, 2010, 18:53 GMT

Edvald Boasson Hagen claims opening leader's jersey

Edvald Boasson Hagen is the first leader at the Tour of Qatar after Team Sky blasted to victory in the windswept opening team time trial on Sunday. With Bradley Wiggins doing massive turns on the front and the riders sticking to a carefully planned race strategy, Team Sky set a time of nine minutes and 41 seconds for the circular 8.2km course.

Team Sky started and finished with a strong tailwind but had to handle ever-changing conditions as they completed the lap around the West Bay Lagoon. On the final tailwind section, the squad flew to the finish at over 70km/h and set an average speed of 50.809km/h.

The Cervelo TestTeam set the second fastest time, but they were later penalized one minute because Heinrich Haussler pushed teammate Gabriel Rasch after doing a turn on the front. Haussler claimed it was for safety reasons, after a gust of wind blew Rasch towards him, but the judges refused to listen to their appeal, and the entire team was penalized one minute.

Garmin moved up to second overall but was eight seconds slower than Team Sky. Team Saxo Bank finished third; 13 seconds slower, despite losing the time trial World Champion Fabian Cancellara partway round the course.

HTC-Columbia was fourth at 18 seconds, and Tom Boonen's Quick Step team was fifth at 20 seconds. The small French team Saur-Sojasun put in a surprisingly strong ride, finishing sixth at 21 seconds.

Boasson Hagen in gold

Edvald Boasson Hagen was the first rider to cross the line for Team Sky and so pulled on the leader's gold jersey.

"It's nice for the whole team. We worked so well together. We practiced a lot in training in the last few days, and we got it exactly right," Boasson Hagen said.

"It's going to be hard in the rest of the race with the wind, but I hope to stay in the front group and get some results. I've got the jersey now, and hopefully I can keep it but we'll take each day as it comes. There are so many good sprinters here but we'll see what happens. It's important to have a lead on some of them."

Team Sky riders waited together just after the finish and listened nervously as the other teams failed to beat their time. When last team Quick Step crossed the line, 20 seconds slower, team principal Dave Brailsford shouted out the news and the riders and staff celebrated with hugs and high fives.

After winning the opening criterium and final stage at the Tour Down Under, the team had struck again, showing they know how to win as a team.

Perfect ride in difficult conditions

Senior directeur sportif Scott Sunderland was all smiles after Team Sky put out a perfect ride in technically very difficult conditions.

"We had two guys, Russ Downing and Lars Petter Nordhaug, who had never done a team time trial and the other guys had never done it together, so it was quite new for us. But we did it and it's very special," he said to Cyclingnews.

"The guys prepared very well in training both yesterday and this morning when the conditions changed. Just getting the team to gel is the magic here. The strong guys did what they had to do and the weaker guys supported them fantastically, doing everything they had to do."

Team Sky filled the first six places in the overall standings after the team time trial. Tyler Farrar is seventh at eight seconds and has the best chance of taking the race lead if he can collect time bonuses during stage two and in the sprint at the end of the stage. Stuart O'Grady and JJ. Haedo (Saxo Bank) are at 13 seconds, while Tom Boonen (Quick Step) needs to pull back 20 seconds on Boasson Hagen if he is to win the Tour of Qatar again this year.

Time bonuses of three, two and one second(s) are available at intermediate sprints and 10, six and four seconds are awarded at stage finishes.

The fight for those bonus seconds will begin on Monday's second stage over 147km from the Camel Race Track to the Qatar Foundation near Doha.
 

Results
1 Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:09:41  
2 Garmin-Transitions 0:00:08  
3 Team Saxo bank 0:00:13  
4 Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:18  
5 Quick Step 0:00:20  
6 Saur - Sojasun 0:00:21  
7 Liquigas - Doimos    
8 BMC Racing Team    
9 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:22  
10 Team Milram 0:00:25  
11 Team Katusha 0:00:33  
12 Omega Pharma - Lotto    
13 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator Pro Cycling Team    
14 AG2R - La mondiale 0:00:37  
15 Trek Livestrong U23 0:00:39  
16 Cervélo Test Team 0:01:08  
Results
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:09:41  
2 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
3 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
4 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
5 Lars-Peter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
6 Russel Downing (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:00:02  
7 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:08  
8 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
9 Murilo Antoniobil Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions    
10 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
11 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions    
12 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
13 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:13  
14 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
15 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
16 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
17 Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
18 Luis-Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
19 Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:18  
20 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
21 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia    
22 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
23 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
24 Lars Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia    
25 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
26 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
27 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:20  
28 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step    
29 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step    
30 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
31 Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step    
32 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:00:21  
33 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
34 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
35 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
36 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
37 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
38 Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
39 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
40 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
41 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
42 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
43 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo    
44 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
45 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
46 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
47 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
48 Zahner Simon (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
49 John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team    
50 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
51 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
52 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team    
53 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:22  
54 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
55 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
56 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
57 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
58 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:00:24  
59 Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:25  
60 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram    
61 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram    
62 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram    
63 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
64 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
65 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram    
66 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:00:26  
67 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:27  
68 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
69 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:32  
70 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Katusha 0:00:33  
71 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha    
72 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Katusha    
73 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha    
74 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha    
75 Styn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha    
76 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
77 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
78 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
79 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
80 Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
81 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
82 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
83 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
84 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
85 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
86 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
87 Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
88 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
89 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
90 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:00:36  
91 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:37  
92 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Ag2R-La Mondiale    
93 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale    
94 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale    
95 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale    
96 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale    
97 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Ag2R-La Mondiale    
98 Taylor Phinney (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:00:39  
99 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong    
100 Jesse Sergent (Nzl) Trek Livestrong    
101 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong    
102 Ben King (Aus) Trek Livestrong    
103 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:56  
104 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:01:02  
105 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam 0:01:08  
106 Jérémy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
107 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam    
108 Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam    
109 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
110 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam    
111 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo TestTeam    
112 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:11  
113 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam 0:01:13  
114 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Katusha 0:01:30  
115 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
116 Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R-La Mondiale 0:01:32  
117 Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale    
118 Justin Williams (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:01:34  
119 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:35  
120 Ben King (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:02:05  
121 Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong 0:02:13  
122 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 0:02:14  
123 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step    
124 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
125 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:02:25  
126 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:02:52  
127 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:03:14  
128 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
Young Riders Classification
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:09:41  
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
3 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:08  
4 Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:13  
5 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:18  
6 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
7 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
8 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
9 Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:00:21  
10 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
11 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo    
12 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
13 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
14 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
15 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:22  
16 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:00:24  
17 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:25  
18 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
19 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:00:26  
20 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:27  
21 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha 0:00:33  
22 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Katusha    
23 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha    
24 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
25 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
26 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
27 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
28 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
29 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
30 Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
31 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator    
32 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Ag2R-La Mondiale 0:00:37  
33 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Ag2R-La Mondiale    
34 Taylor Phinney (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:00:39  
35 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong    
36 Jesse Sergent (Nzl) Trek Livestrong    
37 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong    
38 Ben King (Aus) Trek Livestrong    
39 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:01:02  
40 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam 0:01:08  
41 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo TestTeam    
42 Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R-La Mondiale 0:01:32  
43 Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale    
44 Justin Williams (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:01:34  
45 Ben King (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:02:05  
46 Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong 0:02:13  
47 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step 0:02:14  
48 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:02:52  
Teams Classification
1 Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:09:41  
2 Garmin-Transitions 0:00:08  
3 Team Saxo bank 0:00:13  
4 Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:18  
5 Quick Step 0:00:20  
6 Saur - Sojasun 0:00:21  
7 Liquigas - Doimos    
8 BMC Racing Team    
9 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:22  
10 Team Milram 0:00:25  
11 Team Katusha 0:00:33  
12 Omega Pharma - Lotto    
13 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator Pro Cycling Team    
14 AG2R - La mondiale 0:00:37  
15 Trek Livestrong U23 0:00:39  
16 Cervélo Test Team 0:01:08