MADINAT AL SHAMAL , Qatar, Feb 13, 2014 (AFP) – Germany’s Andre Greipel, a
narrow second to Tom Boonen on Wednesday, took Thursday’s Tour of Qatar fifth
stage, a 159km ride from Al Zubara Fort to Madinat Al Shamal.
The Lotto rider prevailed in a sprint finish ahead of Lithuania’s Aidis
Kruopis with Dutch rider Theo Bos taking third.
Niki Tersptra, also of the Netherlands, retained his lead in the overall
standings ahead of Friday’s sixth and final stage after finishing ninth behind
Barring misfortune Tersptra is poised for victory on Doha’s Corniche on
He leads his Omega Pharma teammate Boonen (8th on Thursday) by 17 seconds
with a 20sec advantage over Belgian Jurgen Roelandts.
“We controlled the stage today well, not taking any risks and letting the
other teams work in the final section. I’m optimistic for tomorrow,” said
Results of the Tour of Qatar
fifth stage, a 159km ride from Al Zubara Fort to Madinat Al Shamal on Thursday:
1. Andre Greipel (GER/Lotto) 3hr 48min 53sec, 2. Aidis Kruopis (LIT) s.t.,
3. Theo Bos (NED) s.t., 4. Daniele Bennati (ITA) s.t., 5. Matteo Pelucchi
(ITA) s.t., 6. Jurgen Roelnadts (BEL) s.t., 7. Sam Bennett (IRL) s.t., 8. Tom
Boonen (BEL) s.t., 9. Niki Terpstra (NED) s.t., 10. Elia Viviani (ITA) s.t.
1. Niki Terpstra (NED/Omega Pharma) 13hr 08min 31sec, 2. Tom Boonen (BEL)
at 17sec, 3. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL) 20, 4. Ian Stannard (GBR) 37, 5. Michael
Morkov (DEN) 48, 6. Marcel Sieberg (GER) 56, 7. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL)
57, 8. Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL) 1:05, 9. Andrew Fenn (GBR) 1:18, 10. Andre
Greipel (GER) 1:23.