Arnaud Démare claimed his first victory of 2014, by winning the sixth and final stage of this year’s Tour of Qatar amidst a chaotic sprint finish.
Indeed, as the peloton reached the closing few hundred meters, no team had succeeded in maintaining a viable lead out. And, as a result, Démare managed to perfectly position himself at the front the pack – with no one able to pass him.
Daniele Bennati finished second, while Bernhard Eisel took third place. Surprisingly, André Greipel didn’t even factor into the top ten finishers.
Today’s 113.5 kilometer stage began at the Sealine Beach resort, and concluded with ten laps around the city of Doha.
A breakaway group containing Lieuwe Westra, Marcus Burghardt, Alessandro Bazzana, Jesse Sergent and Rafai Chtioui enjoyed some time out front before being reeled in by the peloton – during the final corner in Doha.
However, a determined Bazzana attempted one last attack – before being absorbed by the peloton in the closing few hundred meters.
Niki Terpstra finished safely in the peloton to retain his lead and win the overall victory in this year’s race.
Top 10 Finishers
1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 3 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team 5 Meher Hasnaoui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Cycling Team 6 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team 7 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 8 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp-Endura 9 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team 10 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
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