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Touch of wheels brings World Champ down as winner of rainbow jersey in U23 race at Copenhagen takes stage

A touch of wheels with the line in sight saw Mark Cavendish denied a third stage victory in the 2012 Tour of Qatar, FDJ-BigMat's Arnaud Démare taking the sprint ahead of Katusha's Denis Galimzyanov with Rabobank's Mark Renshaw third. Tom Boonen of Omega Pharma-Quick Step came home safely in the bunch to win the overall title for the fourth time.

Each time the Belgian has won the race, that early season form has translated into big victory in the Spring Classics season - he won the Tour of Flanders in 2006, and Paris-Roubaix in both 2008 and 2009.

Cavendish, following Tyler Farrar's wheel and well-placed to go for his third victory of the race, didn't seem too have suffered any significant injuries as he rolled over the line after remounting following the crash, which occurred around 150 metres out.

Like Cavendish, the 20-year-old Démare returned home from last September's UCI Road World Championships in Coenhagen with a rainbow jersey, winning the Under-23 Men's Road Race title.

Tour of Qatar Stage 6 result   

1  DEMARE Arnaud        FDJ-BIGMAT               2h 20' 44" 
2  GALIMZYANOV Denis    KATUSHA TEAM              + 00' 00"
3  RENSHAW Mark         RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM     + 00' 00"
4  KLUGE Roger          PROJECT 1T4I              + 00' 00"
5  KRISTOFF Alexander   KATUSHA TEAM              + 00' 00"
6  FARRAR Tyler         GARMIN - BARRACUDA        + 00' 00"
7  OSS Daniel           LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE       + 00' 00"
8  DAVIS Allan          GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM    + 00' 00"
9  KEMPS Aaron          CHAMPION SYSTEM           + 00' 00"
10 DEBUSSCHERE Jens     LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM        + 00' 00"
11 SAGAN Peter          LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE       + 00' 00"
12 HENDERSON Gregory    LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM        + 00' 00"
13 BEPPU Fumiyuki       GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM    + 00' 00"
14 NIZZOLO Giacomo      RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 00' 00"
15 BOONEN Tom           OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP   + 00' 00"
16 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas GARMIN - BARRACUDA        + 00' 00"
17 DELAGE Mickaël       FDJ-BIGMAT                + 00' 00"
18 STEEGMANS Gert       OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP   + 00' 00"
19 KOHLER Martin        BMC RACING TEAM           + 00' 00"
20 GUARDINI Andrea      FARNESE VINI-SELLE ITALIA + 00' 00"

Tour of Qatar Overall Standings after Stage 6   

1  BOONEN Tom           OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 15h 42' 14" 
2  FARRAR Tyler         GARMIN - BARRACUDA        + 00' 28"
3  FLECHA Juan Antonio  SKY PROCYCLING            + 00' 33"
4  STEEGMANS Gert       OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP   + 00' 34"
5  VEELERS Tom          PROJECT 1T4I              + 01' 00"
6  CAVENDISH Mark       SKY PROCYCLING            + 01' 05"
7  CANCELLARA Fabian    RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 01' 06"
8  NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas GARMIN - BARRACUDA        + 01' 09"
9  KRUOPIS Aidis        GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM    + 01' 10"
10 BLYTHE Adam          BMC RACING TEAM           + 01' 14"

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 4 years ago
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Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Tyler Farrar is jinxed? Seems to get more than his fair share of punctures and crashes in the last 10 km.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 4 years ago
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Farrar didn't crash, nor was he the cause,

Just as Cav opened up the tank, Degenkolb came across and blocked him in, forcing Cav into the back of Farrar and he lost his balance and went down with everyone else avoiding him

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domobrien96 [44 posts] 4 years ago
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was actually kluge not degenkolb

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Simon E [2855 posts] 4 years ago
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw5az8s1WBI

Renshaw was on the receiving end of a head-shove (not quite a butt) a few hundred meters out, I wonder what he made of that.

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uksportives [25 posts] 4 years ago
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noooooooo.... Gutted to see Mark Crash. Thank god nothing serious to Mark or any Riders and everyone is ok..

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noleafclover [31 posts] 4 years ago
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Cav crashes too much these days, he takes too many risks given how much better than everyone else he is. Thankfully he has avoided serious injury so far.

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step-hent [723 posts] 4 years ago
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noleafclover wrote:

Cav crashes too much these days, he takes too many risks given how much better than everyone else he is. Thankfully he has avoided serious injury so far.

Rubbish - his fearlessness in moving around the peloton is one of the things that puts him at the very top of the tree. He wouldn't have squeezed through and won the rainbow jersey if it wasn't for that. Better to crash sometimes and win lots than never crash and win sometimes...

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jusdvdmason [1 post] 4 years ago
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Is this the first win of the season for FDJ-BigMat's ?