2009 Tour of Qatar Results - Stage 6
Cavendish wins final Tour of Qatar stage; Boonen takes third overall Tour of Qatar win.
Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-Highroad) blasted to his second sprint victory in three days in the Tour of Qatar on Friday.
The British sprinter outclassed German rivals Robert Forster and Heinrich Haussler in the dash for the line on the Doha Corniche at the end of the final stage of the Qatar Tour.
“Everybody knew that we were going for the sprint because we’d taken control of the race well before the last few kilometres,” Cavendish said afterwards. "With a kilometre to go, suddenly all of the teams swamped together at the front, but my team-mates helped me go clear and get in the right position for the sprint. If I hadn’t had some bad luck in the first few days then I might have been fighting for the general classification.”
“But I’m coming away from here with two stage wins so I can’t really complain. Columbia was the most successful team in the world in 2008 and I just think we have to confirm that again this year.”
Cavendish said his victory on the final stage of Qatar was in honour of Frederiek Nolf, the rider who died tragically on Wednesday night during his sleep while recovering for the next day's Tour of Qatar stage.
“It’s good to be able to dedicate the win to him, it’s a shame his team wasn’t here and he couldn’t finish the race, but this is for him and his family,” added Cavendish.
Tom Boonen (Team Quick Step) took the overall race win for the third time in his career.
February 6, 2009: Tour of Qatar: Sealine Beach Resort - Doha Corniche (120 km):
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia-Highroad 02:36:18
2 Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram
3 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam
4 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
5 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas
6 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha
7 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
8 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano
9 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Silence - Lotto
10 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
11 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
12 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
13 Markus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team
14 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
15 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
16 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank
17 Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR
18 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
19 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
20 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
21 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam
22 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team
23 Abdelbaset Hannachi (Alg) Doha Team
24 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR
25 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
26 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
27 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
28 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team
29 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha
30 Joon Yong Seo (Kor) Meitan Hompo - GDR
31 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano
32 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
33 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
34 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
35 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
36 Farid Belhani (Alg) Doha Team
37 Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale