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Hammond wins in Qatar

Brits take first two stages of Qatari race

Roger Hammond today became the second British rider to win a stage of the Tour of Qatar – and they've only had two stages so far. Yesterday Bradley Wiggins overcame the handicap of the frankly limp 2009 Garmin/Slipstream plaid jersey* to win the opening time trial.

Today it was Hammond's turn when his Cervelo Test Team underlined their dominance on the Qatari roads by setting him up for an emphatic winning break 2.8Km out from the line, and he stormed home to take the stage.

After the race Hammond said: "We started attacking and I was the lucky one.

"We knew it was going to be windy. We knew it wasn't going to a be a sprint finish," he added.

"We had to attack and that's what we did."

*Now this is a proper plaid jersey.

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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