Mark Cavendish of Omega-Pharma Quick Step has won Stage 3 of the Tour of Qatar, outsprinting Barry Markus of Vacansoleil-DCM and Aldis Krupois of Orica-GreenEdge to take the victory at the end of the 143 kilometre stage from Al Wakra to Mesaieed.
Orica-GreenEdge had led the peloton under the flamme rouge as they looked to set up Kruopis, but in a scrappy closing few hundred metres it was Cavendish who burst through to cross the line first and take his second victory since his switch from Team Sky, having won a stage of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina last month.
The ten-second bonus Cavendish got for winning means he moves up to fourth place on GC, with Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing, winner of Stage 1 on Sunday, retaining the overall lead. After yesterday's team time trial, riders from BMC, which set the fastest time, occupied the top five places overall with a quintet of riders from second quickest team Sky rounding out the top ten.
Tour of Qatar Stage 3 result 1 CAVENDISH Mark OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 3h 05' 14" 2 MARKUS Barry VACANSOLEIL-DCM All at same time 3 KRUOPIS Aidis ORICA GREENEDGE 4 BOUHANNI Nacer FDJ 5 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM CYCLING 6 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald SKY PROCYCLING 7 KLUGE Roger TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 8 DEGENKOLB John TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 9 FORTIN Filippo BARDIANI VALVOLE-CSF INOX 10 SOUPE GEOFFREY FDJ 11 GUARDINI Andrea ASTANA PRO TEAM 12 KRISTOFF Alexander KATUSHA TEAM 13 HUTAROVICH Yauheni AG2R LA MONDIALE 14 JARC Blaz TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 15 VAN HUMMEL Kenny VACANSOLEIL-DCM 16 DOWNING Russell TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 17 BOZIC Borut ASTANA PRO TEAM 18 SHIMIZU Miyataka JAPAN 19 TERPSTRA Niki OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 20 PORSEV Alexander KATUSHA TEAM Overall standings after Stage 3 1 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC RACING TEAM 6h 49' 58" 2 PHINNEY Taylor BMC RACING TEAM + 00' 06" 3 BLYTHE Adam BMC RACING TEAM + 00' 07" 4 CAVENDISH Mark OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 00' 08" 5 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC RACING TEAM + 00' 10" 6 SCHÄR Michael BMC RACING TEAM + 00' 10" 7 EISEL Bernhard SKY PROCYCLING + 00' 11" 8 HAYMAN Mathew SKY PROCYCLING + 00' 12" 9 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald SKY PROCYCLING + 00' 14" 10 THOMAS Geraint SKY PROCYCLING + 00' 15"
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