Tour of Qatar Stage 6: Cavendish crashes as FDJ's Démare wins stage, Boonen takes overall

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

by Simon_MacMichael   February 10, 2012  

Tour of Qatar 2012 Parcours

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"

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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.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1331 posts]
10th February 2012 - 14:47

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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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posted by Gkam84 [8681 posts]
10th February 2012 - 16:19

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was actually kluge not degenkolb

posted by domobrien96 [47 posts]
10th February 2012 - 16:49

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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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posted by Simon E [1905 posts]
10th February 2012 - 22:29

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noooooooo.... Gutted to see Mark Crash. Thank god nothing serious to Mark or any Riders and everyone is ok..

Challenge yourself..

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posted by uksportives [32 posts]
10th February 2012 - 23:34

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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.

posted by noleafclover [24 posts]
11th February 2012 - 12:46

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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...

posted by step-hent [647 posts]
11th February 2012 - 13:00

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Is this the first win of the season for FDJ-BigMat's ?

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posted by jusdvdmason [1 posts]
12th February 2012 - 15:02

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