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Gallery: Tour of Qatar through the lens of Tim De Waele

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The Tour of Qatar is always broken up into echelons

The Tour of Qatar is always broken up into echelons
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Echelons on the highway in the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Echelons on the highway in the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Mark Cavendish has some fun in the final stage of the 2009 Tour of Qatar

Mark Cavendish has some fun in the final stage of the 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Enormous billboards in the 2009 Tour of Qatar

Enormous billboards in the 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Wouter Weylandt in the 2009 Tour of Qatar

Wouter Weylandt in the 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Tom Boonen and some colourfully dressed podium hostesses in the 2009 Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen and some colourfully dressed podium hostesses in the 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Leif Hoste and Johan Vansummeren with a Belgian fan in the 2009 Tour of Qatar

Leif Hoste and Johan Vansummeren with a Belgian fan in the 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Juan Antonio Flecha gets a bottle from Eric Dekker in 2009 Tour of Qatar

Juan Antonio Flecha gets a bottle from Eric Dekker in 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Roger Hammond (Cervelo) won stage 2 in the 2009 Tour of Qatar

Roger Hammond (Cervelo) won stage 2 in the 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Roger Hammond and Heinrich Haussler enjoy their jerseys in the 2009 Tour of Qatar

Roger Hammond and Heinrich Haussler enjoy their jerseys in the 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Gamrin had all three jerseys with Hans Dekkers (Sprint), Brad Wiggins (leader) and Huub Duyn (young rider) in the 2009 Tour of Qatar on stage 2

Gamrin had all three jerseys with Hans Dekkers (Sprint), Brad Wiggins (leader) and Huub Duyn (young rider) in the 2009 Tour of Qatar on stage 2
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Bradley Wiggins leads Team Sky to the stage win in the 2010 Tour of Qatar

Bradley Wiggins leads Team Sky to the stage win in the 2010 Tour of Qatar
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Team Sky was best team in the 2010 Tour of Qatar TTT

Team Sky was best team in the 2010 Tour of Qatar TTT
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Fabian Cancellara opens the 2011 Tour of Qatar in the prologue

Fabian Cancellara opens the 2011 Tour of Qatar in the prologue
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Tom Veelers in the colourful Skil-Shimano kit in 2011 Tour of Qatar

Tom Veelers in the colourful Skil-Shimano kit in 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) gives heart hands as a salute on stage 6 of the 2010 Tour of Qatar

Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) gives heart hands as a salute on stage 6 of the 2010 Tour of Qatar
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Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil) shows the winner's trophy in the 2010 Tour of Qatar

Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil) shows the winner's trophy in the 2010 Tour of Qatar
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Wouter Mol behind the Vacansoleil team en route to winning the overall 2010 Tour of Qatar

Wouter Mol behind the Vacansoleil team en route to winning the overall 2010 Tour of Qatar
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The peloton shattered on stage 5 of the 2010 Tour of Qatar

The peloton shattered on stage 5 of the 2010 Tour of Qatar
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Belgian champion Tom Boonen takes out stage 3 of the 2010 Tour of Qatar

Belgian champion Tom Boonen takes out stage 3 of the 2010 Tour of Qatar
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Taylor Phinney experienced his first Tour of Qatar in 2010 with Axel Merckx's Trek Livestrong team

Taylor Phinney experienced his first Tour of Qatar in 2010 with Axel Merckx's Trek Livestrong team
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Matti Breschel leads Edvald Boasson Hagen in an echelon on stage 2

Matti Breschel leads Edvald Boasson Hagen in an echelon on stage 2
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The breakaway can never get out of sight in the Tour of Qatar

The breakaway can never get out of sight in the Tour of Qatar
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Over the years the desert changed little.

Over the years the desert changed little.
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Garmin races to the stage win in the 2009 Tour of Qatar

Garmin races to the stage win in the 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Tom Steels goes down in the sprint ons tage 2 of the 2007 Tour of Qatar

Tom Steels goes down in the sprint ons tage 2 of the 2007 Tour of Qatar
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Tom Steels looking ghastly after his crash on stage 2 of the 2007 Tour of Qatar

Tom Steels looking ghastly after his crash on stage 2 of the 2007 Tour of Qatar
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Lars Micahelsen relaxes in the leader's jersey at the 2005 Tour of Qatar

Lars Micahelsen relaxes in the leader's jersey at the 2005 Tour of Qatar
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A young Thomas Voeckler before stage 2 of the 2005 Tour of Qatar

A young Thomas Voeckler before stage 2 of the 2005 Tour of Qatar
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Mario Cipollini (Liquigas) in stage 3 of the 2005 Tour of Qatar

Mario Cipollini (Liquigas) in stage 3 of the 2005 Tour of Qatar
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Axel Merckx (Lotto) takes tea before stage 5 of the 2005 Tour of Qatar

Axel Merckx (Lotto) takes tea before stage 5 of the 2005 Tour of Qatar
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The Discovery Channel team in the 2005 Tour of Qatar

The Discovery Channel team in the 2005 Tour of Qatar
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Leon Van Bon loves his camel

Leon Van Bon loves his camel
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Andrea Tafi lined up in the 2005 Tour of Qatar with Saunier Duval

Andrea Tafi lined up in the 2005 Tour of Qatar with Saunier Duval
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The Phonak team in the 2005 Tour of Qatar

The Phonak team in the 2005 Tour of Qatar
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Tom Boonen in the points jersey and teammate, race leader Wilfried Cretskens

Tom Boonen in the points jersey and teammate, race leader Wilfried Cretskens
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Race leader Tom Boonen in the 2008 Tour of Qatar

Race leader Tom Boonen in the 2008 Tour of Qatar
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Mark Cavendish interviewed by Al Jazeera in 2009

Mark Cavendish interviewed by Al Jazeera in 2009
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Bradley Wiggins in the leader's jersey in the 2009 Tour of Qatar

Bradley Wiggins in the leader's jersey in the 2009 Tour of Qatar
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The Garmin team took the win in the TTT in 2009 Tour of Qatar

The Garmin team took the win in the TTT in 2009 Tour of Qatar
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Rafaa Chtioui (Doha Team) in the 2008 Tour of Qatar

Rafaa Chtioui (Doha Team) in the 2008 Tour of Qatar
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Tom Boonen up the middle on stage 6 of the 2008 Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen up the middle on stage 6 of the 2008 Tour of Qatar
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Riders endured a sandstorm on stage 6 of the 2008 Tour of Qatar

Riders endured a sandstorm on stage 6 of the 2008 Tour of Qatar
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Locals watch the peloton speed past

Locals watch the peloton speed past
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The 2008 Tour of Qatar

The 2008 Tour of Qatar
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Tom Boonen puts the points jersey over his leader's jersey in the 2008 Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen puts the points jersey over his leader's jersey in the 2008 Tour of Qatar
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The Quickstep team in the 2007 Tour of Qatar

The Quickstep team in the 2007 Tour of Qatar
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Robbie Hunter (Phonak) celebrates his win on stage 1 of the 2005 Tour of Qatar

Robbie Hunter (Phonak) celebrates his win on stage 1 of the 2005 Tour of Qatar
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Tom Boonen wins the sprint over Heinrich Haussler and Mark Renshaw on stage 1 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen wins the sprint over Heinrich Haussler and Mark Renshaw on stage 1 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Another day, another echelon in the Tour of Qatar

Another day, another echelon in the Tour of Qatar
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Mark Cavendish had a small spill, but won the stage.

Mark Cavendish had a small spill, but won the stage.
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Brent Bookwalter (BMC) tosses the points jersey bouquet in the 2013 Tour of Qatar

Brent Bookwalter (BMC) tosses the points jersey bouquet in the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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Stijn Devolder about to end up at the bottom of a pile of riders in the 2013 Tour of Qatar

Stijn Devolder about to end up at the bottom of a pile of riders in the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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Brent Bookwalter could hardly believe he'd won stage 1 of the Tour of Qatar in 2013

Brent Bookwalter could hardly believe he'd won stage 1 of the Tour of Qatar in 2013
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The wind shatters the peloton in the 2013 Tour of Qatar

The wind shatters the peloton in the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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The hot, hot sun

The hot, hot sun
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Martin Velits leads the breakaway under the hot sun in the 2013 Tour of Qatar

Martin Velits leads the breakaway under the hot sun in the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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Caution.

Caution.
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Juan Antonio Flecha surprised by the appearance of Hein Verbruggen?

Juan Antonio Flecha surprised by the appearance of Hein Verbruggen?
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Thomas Dekker and Jack Bauer help Tyler Farrar after a crash

Thomas Dekker and Jack Bauer help Tyler Farrar after a crash
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Mark Cavendish wins stage 6 of the Tour of Qatar

Mark Cavendish wins stage 6 of the Tour of Qatar
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The Al Zubara fort provides a backdrop for the peloton

The Al Zubara fort provides a backdrop for the peloton
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Ian Stannard (Sky) punishes the peloton on stage 5 of the 2013 Tour of Qatar

Ian Stannard (Sky) punishes the peloton on stage 5 of the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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Taylor Phinney takes a big drink of water in the 2013 Tour of Qatar

Taylor Phinney takes a big drink of water in the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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Mark Cavendish at the 2013 Tour of Qatar

Mark Cavendish at the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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The sun casts along shadow on the Tour of Qatar

The sun casts along shadow on the Tour of Qatar
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Katusha sticks together at the 2013 Tour of Qatar

Katusha sticks together at the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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Camel crossing, a classic Tour of Qatar shot.

Camel crossing, a classic Tour of Qatar shot.
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Bookwalter gets a feed in the 2013 Tour of Qatar

Bookwalter gets a feed in the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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Nacer Bouhanni's bike isn't going to go again.

Nacer Bouhanni's bike isn't going to go again.
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Brent Bookwalter protected by the BMC team in the 2013 Tour of Qatar

Brent Bookwalter protected by the BMC team in the 2013 Tour of Qatar
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Karsten Kroon ended up on the pavement

Karsten Kroon ended up on the pavement
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Mark Cavendish is helped by a teammate after crashing on stage 6 of the 2012 Tour of Qatar

Mark Cavendish is helped by a teammate after crashing on stage 6 of the 2012 Tour of Qatar
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Thor Hushovd (BMC) hits the deck in the 2012 Tour of Qatar

Thor Hushovd (BMC) hits the deck in the 2012 Tour of Qatar
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Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini) wins on stage 5 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini) wins on stage 5 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Shipping containers, illustrated.

Shipping containers, illustrated.
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Dan Lloyd ushers Garmin through stage 5 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Dan Lloyd ushers Garmin through stage 5 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Mark Renshaw takes the stage win in the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Mark Renshaw takes the stage win in the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Adriano Malori stranded in the desert on stage 4 of the 201 Tour of Qatar

Adriano Malori stranded in the desert on stage 4 of the 201 Tour of Qatar
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Heinrich Haussler (Garmin) in the lead after stage 3 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Heinrich Haussler (Garmin) in the lead after stage 3 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Sands blown across the road, making more work for the mechanics

Sands blown across the road, making more work for the mechanics
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Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank) on the camel at the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank) on the camel at the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Heinrich Haussler (Garmin) got his win on stage 3 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Heinrich Haussler (Garmin) got his win on stage 3 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Tom Boonen took the lead on stage 1 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen took the lead on stage 1 of the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Mark Renshaw with the trophy in the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Mark Renshaw with the trophy in the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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Huge skyscrapes emerge from the desert like a mirage in Doha

Huge skyscrapes emerge from the desert like a mirage in Doha
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Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert in the wrong end of the echelonds

Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert in the wrong end of the echelonds
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Tom Boonen thrilled with his win in the 2012 Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen thrilled with his win in the 2012 Tour of Qatar
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Mark Cavendish looks back to see where his competition finished

Mark Cavendish looks back to see where his competition finished
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Mark Cavendish (Sky) with some luxury seating in the 2012 Tour of Qatar

Mark Cavendish (Sky) with some luxury seating in the 2012 Tour of Qatar
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Tom Boonen made it two on stage 4 of the 2012 Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen made it two on stage 4 of the 2012 Tour of Qatar
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World champion Mark Cavendish writes down the riders to watch

World champion Mark Cavendish writes down the riders to watch
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Rabobank takes a turn in the stage 2 TTT in the 2012 Tour of Qatar

Rabobank takes a turn in the stage 2 TTT in the 2012 Tour of Qatar
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Garmin won the TTT in the 2012 Tour of Qatar

Garmin won the TTT in the 2012 Tour of Qatar
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The camel cops stand guard

The camel cops stand guard
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Tom Boonen got to winning early in the 2012 Tour of Qatar, on stage 1

Tom Boonen got to winning early in the 2012 Tour of Qatar, on stage 1
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Lars Boom played with going off the front on the first stage of the 2011 Tour of Qatar

Lars Boom played with going off the front on the first stage of the 2011 Tour of Qatar
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The Tour of Qatar is entering its 13th year on the UCI calendar, and the peloton will push its triskaidekaphobia aside to once again do battle against crosswinds and crashes in the Middle Eastern peninsula.

Photographer Tim De Waele has been on the Tour of Qatar since 2005, when the race hosted defending champion Tom Boonen and his QuickStep team.

Fast forward nine years, and the scenes will likely be similar: desert winds howl, split the peloton along the long, open highway as sand blasts the riders and their gear.

But there is beauty, too - enriched by the wealth of the country, its soaring skyscrapers, lush gardens and seaside charm. The peloton makes the view even more picturesque, adding bold strokes of colour to an otherwise monochrome landscape.

We hope you enjoy this gallery, and come back for Cyclingnews' full coverage of the 2014 Tour of Qatar.