Tour of Qatar Ends With OPQS Dominating The Podium

14-Feb-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team had plenty to celebrate at the end of Tour of Qatar on Friday. Following a 4th place bunch sprint finish by Tom Boonen in the points jersey, Niki Terpstra took the top podium spot for the 6th and final time as overall winner of the race, with Boonen right behind him in 2nd. OPQS also won the team classification as five riders finished in the … [Read more...]

Andre Greipel Wins Qatar Stage 5, As Tersptra Eyes Victory

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 … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Wins Qatar Stage 4, Terpstra Keeps Lead

MESAIEED, Qatar, Feb 12, 2014 (AFP) - Belgium's Tom Boonen, swept along by high winds, claimed the Tour of Qatar's fourth and penultimate stage on Wednesday by a matter of centimetres from Germany's Andre Greipel. The Omega Pharma rider, who also took Monday's second stage, moved up from fourth to second, 17 seconds adrift, behind his teammate Niki Terpstra in the overall standings with … [Read more...]

Michael Hepburn Wins Qatar 3rd Stage, Terpstra Keeps Lead

LOSAIL, Qatar, Feb 11, 2014 - Australia's double world pursuit champion Michael Hepburn (Orica) won the Tour of Qatar's third stage, a 10km time trial at the Losail motor circuit, ahead of Dutch rider Lars Bloom and Italy's Danielle Benati, on Tuesday. Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma) of the Netherlands came in fifth to stretch his lead in the overall standings. Going into the final … [Read more...]

Boonen Gets 21st Victory After Textbook Race in the Wind

Terpstra Still Race Leader 10-Feb-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team played their strengths to perfection in the 160.5km Stage 2 of Tour of Qatar, shattering the field to pieces in the wind, putting all their riders in the front group to chase down the breakaway, and making sure Tom Boonen was in perfect position to go for his 21st career victory. The team worked hard and pulled the … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Wins Tour of Qatar 2nd stage

DOHA, Feb 10, 2014 (AFP) - Tom Boonen claimed the Tour of Qatar second stage on Monday, the former world champion fending off Denmark's Michael Morkov in a sprint finish. The 33-year-old Belgian's Omega Pharma teammate, Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands, retained the leader's yellow jersey. Boonen is back in action after missing the second half of last year, including the world … [Read more...]

Niki Terpstra Takes Early Lead In Tour of Qatar

DUKHAN BEACH, Qatar, Feb 09, 2014 (AFP) - Dutch rider Niki Terpstra won the first stage of the Tour of Qatar on Sunday to take the overall lead. The 29-year-old Omega Pharma cyclist -- third in last year's Paris to Roubaix classic -- won in a sprint finish on Dhukan Beach edging out Belgian Jurgen Roelandts and Michael Schaer of Switzerland. On Monday the second stage sees the … [Read more...]

Tour of Qatar Stage 6: Cavendish Wins Fourth Straight Stage

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Seals Overall, Eighth Win for OPQS in 2013 08-Feb-2013: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Mark Cavendish snuck his way through a tough situation inside the final kilometer at Tour of Qatar Stage 6 on Friday. The peloton was determined to try and prevent his fourth straight victory, and as he was slightly boxed in within the final meters, it looked to be a tough task for the Manx … [Read more...]

OPQS Gives Cavendish Textbook Leadout for Third Straight Win!

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Extends GC Lead 07-Feb-2013: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team knew it had to do its best to protect Mark Cavendish in the crucial Stage 5 of Tour of Qatar on Thursday, and the team worked doggedly at the front to ensure he had perfect position for a third straight victory, and the sixth win for OPQS in 2013 in three different disciplines. Cavendish extended his GC lead by winning a … [Read more...]

Cavendish Wins Stage 4 And Takes Gold Jersey In Tour of Qatar

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AL KHOR, Qatar, Feb 6, 2013 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish contined his fine form on Wednesday as the Isle of Man speedster won for the second straight day by taking the fourth stage of the Tour of Qatar and seizing the overall lead. The British rider who is in his first season with Omega Pharma-Quick Step after a move from Team Sky, won a mass sprint after 160km of racing between the Camel Race … [Read more...]