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Video: Stage One Highlights of the Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) won the stage and took the lead

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) won the stage and took the lead
(Image credit: AFP)

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) bounced back from a full year of near misses with a winning performance on stage one of the Tour of Qatar, sprinting to the line ahead of a breakaway.

Incredibly it was the Belgian’s first win since last March.

The stage was marked by a group of 18 riders breaking free from the bunch in strong crosswinds. Lars Boom (Rabobank) started the stage with a four-second lead on general classification but soon fell back with stomach problems.

In this exclusive Cyclingnews video Roger Hammond (Garmin-Cervélo) gives his take on the stage while there’s highlights from both out on the road and the sprint finish.