Tour of Qatar 1: Rojas

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Tom Boonen:
“It was a messy day with the headwind and everyone had the nerves even though they knew the headwind conditions would keep it together.
When Sagan crashed I was on his wheel, and I stumbled over him but I was going about five kilometres per hour when it happened so there’s nothing bad.
We tried one time and we got a break going with around 30 guys but then it all came back but I had that crash with Peter. In the final 25 kilometres everyone was trying to do something but with the headwind and then the sidewind playing around all day we ended up with the sprint and I was beaten.
Valverde was up there but I think we can get rid of him one of these days.
As for the sprint, I was behind Rojas but then lost some ground on him. When I made it back to his wheel it was already over.”

1 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar 3:49:50  
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step  
3 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
5 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
6 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
7 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
8 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana  
9 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha  
10 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis

1 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar 3:49:40  
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 0:00:04  
3 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 0:00:06  
4 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Giant-Alpecin 0:00:08  
5 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step 0:00:09  
6 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:10  
7 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
8 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
9 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
10 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling

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