2009 Tour of Qatar Results - Stage 4
Finally a win for Cavendish; Boonen keeps overall race lead.
Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-Highroad) captured his first victory of the 2009 season on Wednesday when he outsprinted the field on stage four of the Tour of Qatar.
Cavendish took a convincing win in a stage where strong winds and splits in the bunch meant teamwork played a crucial part in his victory.
“Today was the kind of day that had to finish in a win,” Cavendish said afterwards. “My team did a great job as a unit, working hard in the early part of the stage, getting Michael [Barry] in the break, then doing a brilliant job to get me up there for the final sprint.”
“There were five of us in the front group early on, then four, then three in the last part, but
everybody did a perfect job all day. The conditions were very tough, but that’s Qatar, it’s always
windy here. There are two more stages to come and hopefully I’ll be able to do well in those ones, too. I’ve been unfortunate in the finishes earlier on in this race, now it seems my luck has turned.”
On Wednesday Cavendish outpowered German Heinrich Haussler and Belgian race leader Tom Boonen in a long sprint in the northern fishing town of Madinat Al Shamal. After his victory, Cavendish is now lying ninth overall.
In a dramatic day’s racing, cross-winds shattered the peloton on the long exposed ride from Doha’s Old Souq across the Qatar desert. But Cavendish and his Columbia-Highroad team-mates were never far from the front.
Wednesday’s win was even more satisfying for Cavendish because in the first two sprint stages bad luck had kept Cavendish out of contention. Tuesday’s stage was particularly frustrating for the British rider. A puncture less than 1500 metres from the line wrecked Cavendish’s chances when he was on the point of accelerating for
The Tour of Qatar ends on Friday, when Cavendish heads directly to the United States to join his team at a training camp leading up to the 2009 Amgen Tour of California.
February 4, 2009: Tour of Qatar: Doha - Madinat Al Shamal (142 km):
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia-Highroad 04:04:55
2 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
4 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
5 Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram
6 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
7 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
8 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
9 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
10 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
11 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
12 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam 0.03
13 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
14 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam 0.05
15 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam
16 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas
17 Michael Friedman (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0.06
18 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia-Highroad
19 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 0.17
20 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 0.19
21 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team Columbia-Highroad 0.26
22 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0.42
23 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
24 Markus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team
25 Koen De