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Video: Boonen happy with Qatar win

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Tom Boonen dons the leader's jersey in Qatar

Tom Boonen dons the leader's jersey in Qatar
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After winning the final stage at the Tour de San Luis, Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) continues his good form with a victory in Qatar's opening stage.

After winning the final stage at the Tour de San Luis, Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) continues his good form with a victory in Qatar's opening stage.
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Tom Boonen realizes he's won the stage

Tom Boonen realizes he's won the stage
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Adam Blythe (BMC) took the best young rider's jersey

Adam Blythe (BMC) took the best young rider's jersey
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The sprinter's fest that is the Tour of Qatar got underway on Sunday, with Belgian Tom Boonen claiming the opening stage for his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team. The former world champion beat youngster Adam Blythe (BMC) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in the sprint.

"This is a race that really suits me because most of the time you arrive at the finish with everyone having done a lot of work, and all the sprinters are tired at the finish, and I'm probably one of the best in the world when everyyone's tired. Today was a real sprint with everyone really fresh. I'm really happy with this win, it shows me that I've been working OK," Boonen said.

World champion Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) was not a factor in the sprint, but the fact that he was even on the start line was encouraging. Cavendish fell ill after his flight to Qatar, but said before the start that he's on the mend.