Mark Cavendish Wins Tour Of Qatar Stage 5

Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish made it two wins at the Tour of Qatar when powering to victory on stage five at Al Khor Corniche.

The world champion positioned himself perfectly in the closing stages and took it up with 250 metres to go before burning off his rivals for a clear-cut success. Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) was second, with his team-mate Peter Sagan in third. Cavendish, who also landed Tuesday’s third stage, has now won both sprints he’s contested this season and as a result of this latest triumph has moved into seventh on the overall standings.

He is 1:05 behind overall leader Tom Boonen who continues to hold a 31 seconds advantage over Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda).

Team Sky duo Juan Antonio Flecha and Bernhard Eisel are third and fifth respectively. Afterwards Cavendish was quick to thank his team-mates for the work they did leading up to the finish, explaining: “The guys took it in turns to come up and keep me sheltered up at the front – I always had one of them with me at every point in those last kilometres and that was incredible. “The wind was a real factor at the end and was changing direction a lot so you couldn’t really do a big lead-out train. It was a scrap and everyone was pretty fresh. With the tailwind I could go from around 250-300 metres out and I just carried it to the line.”

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Here he is musing over the stage win.

Good one Mark.


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