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A good day to have Boonen...

You did have Boonen, right?

Nothing could match the might of the Omega Pharma - Quickstep train yesterday, not even Spartacus. Boonen took the win and, barring any disasters, the overall classification. He has 31 seconds' lead over Tyler Farrar, which should be plenty enough to stay in the ochre jersey for the last two stages.

Team Skinny Rubber Crew certainly had Boonen. And Farrar, and Steegmans. In fact, Rodiger Selig was their only non-scoring rider as they fought their way to the top of the stage table with an impressive 169 points, just ahead of european outfits team biciklizam za djevojčice on 165 and team LowCountryVSI on 160.

So a Green Oil Eco Rider kit, courtesy of the chaps at Upgrade Bikes, will be winging its way to user coredon. Well done you.

At the top of the Tour of Qatar table there's no change with team SBABES still sitting pretty. 131 points on the stage was enough to boost team wints1080 up to second, with team rjl dropping a place to third. Team spikeyjoe still lead the purists' table but there were some big movers and shakers, including team Palamares who jumped 21 places to third equal. So it's not over yet...

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