2.11.2016

Tour of Qatar 4: Kristoff but Cav. And a pretty moon.


It has been a very long demanding day for me: off to work at 8 am, back home at 7 pm. Morning lessons and afternoon meetings. When I got off my train and saw this pretty moon up in the sky I stopped and in spite I was tired I felt happy: it's so cute, perfect and white! the delicate halo like a soft bed of  clouds...
In Qatar it has been also a long day and a dramatic one because the race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen punctured  in the finale and was attacked by BMC and Lotto-Jumbo. He lost the jersey to his team mate Mark Cavendish but Alexander Kristoff won another big sprint.


Alexander Kristoff:
"The team did a really good job in the final kilometre, putting me with really good speed into the sprint. For me it was just to finish it off and keep the other guys behind me. I knew Cavendish was there but I think he was stuck a bit behind so it went perfectly for our team. It [the general classification] will be decided tomorrow. Cavendish is leading the race and he is not a slow man, so if it comes down to bonus seconds I think, if he's not unlucky, he will protect his lead, but it is quite open."

Mark Cavendish:
“I’m not too worried about the gold jersey right now, I’m majorly disappointed for Edvald. He was in such a good position. The lads rode incredible all day and controlled it. We didn’t need to control it but we did. But unfortunately Edvald punctured with less than 10k to go. BMC and Lotto-Jumbo went straight to the front full gas as soon as they heard on the radio, so there was no chance of Edvald coming back
We knew that would handicap the sprint because in a full crosswind, you need to be kept out of the gutter. Like, I was on Michael Schär’s wheel in the crosswind and he kept losing the wheel in front, so you’ve got to keep coming around and you’re never going to be able to compete in the end, so you’ve got to limit your losses. But it was the right decision for everyone to ride with Edvald. Even I didn’t win the stage, I was going to be in gold.
It was always going to be difficult to win in the crosswind. Alone, you’ve just got to limit your losses and not lose time. If you’re on your own in the gutter, you can lose a few seconds in 500 metres, so I had to make sure I didn’t lose any time. Ok, the time bonuses would be alright, but if they got the times bonuses and there was a gap, then we’d lose everything."

RESULTS
STAGE

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 3:57:12
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
3 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
4 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
5 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
6 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
7 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:06
8 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:08
9 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:09
10 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha
11 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
12 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
13 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:13
14 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:00:14
15 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:00:18
16 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18
17 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
18 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
19 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
20 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:20
GC
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 10:51:13
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:02
3 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:06
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:09
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:00:19
6 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:30
7 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 0:00:41
8 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:49
9 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:50
10 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:58
11 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:01:06
12 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:13
13 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha 0:01:15
14 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:01:16
15 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:29
16 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:03
17 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:06
18 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:42
19 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
20 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 0:02:45
POINTS
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 42 pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 42
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 31
YOUTH
1 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 10:51:43
2 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:19
3 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:12
4 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha 0:02:36
5 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:02:54
TEAM
1 BMC Racing Team 32:34:27
2 Team Katusha 0:00:57
3 Bora-Argon 18 0:02:03

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