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Tour of Qatar 2012

Date range:
February 5-10, 2012

2012 Tour of Qatar Preview

The 11th staging of the Tour of Qatar is almost upon us and promises to be the most exciting edition yet. Olympic years always take on extra significance and the road to the grand tours and the London 2012 Games continues right here in the oil-rich desert state on the banks of the Persian Gulf. Sixteen teams will take up the challenge in what are predicted to be warm and sunny conditions.

 

With almost completely flat terrain, the race is suited to sprinters – and a look at the list of past GC winners, along with an examination of this year’s entrants, backs up that theory. Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) is returning to bid for a fourth gold jersey as the overall winner, after winning in 2006, 2008 and 2009; Australia’s defending champion Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) is back to try and retain his title; Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish, widely recognised as the best sprinter in the world, makes his seasonal bow and debut for Team Sky; and Germany’s Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol), winner of half of the stages at the Tour Down Under earlier this month, also makes the trip to the Gulf.

 

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Stages

  1. Thor Hushovd (BMC) on the start line
    Stage 1Sunday, February 5 2012
    Location:
    Barzan Towers - Doha Golf Club
    Distance:
    142.5km
  2. BMC had a strong team but could only managed 8th place
    Stage 2 - TTTMonday, February 6 2012
    Location:
    Lusail - Lusail
    Distance:
    11.3km
  3. World champion Mark Cavendish (Team Sky), winner of stage 3 in Qatar
    Stage 3Tuesday, February 7 2012
    Location:
    Dukhan - Al Gharafa Stadium
    Distance:
    146.5km
  4. Race leader Tom Boonen celebrates his second stage win at the Tour of Qatar.
    Stage 4Wednesday, February 8 2012
    Location:
    Al Thakhira - Madinat Al Shamal
    Distance:
    144km
  5. World champion Mark Cavendish (Sky) won stage five at the Tour of Qatar, his second victory of the race.
    Stage 5Thursday, February 9 2012
    Location:
    Camel Race Track - Al Khor Corniche
    Distance:
    160km
  6. Arnaud Démare (FDJ-BigMat) celebrates victory in Doha.
    Stage 6Friday, February 10 2012
    Location:
    Sealine Beach Resort - Doha Corniche
    Distance:
    120km
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