We pick out a selection of Graham Watson's photos from the closing stage of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Ian Stannard before stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Ian Stannard showed he is back to his best after last year’s fractured spine, finishing the race in fourth place overall

The 2015 Tour of Qatar concluded on Friday, with Dutchman Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) successfully defending his victory from last year.

Terpstra and his team successfully fended off a spirited attack on his position at the top of the general classification by triple stage winner Alexander Kristoff. The Norwegian scooped up points on one of the day’s intermediate sprints, but did not figure in the day’s final bunch gallop. He settled for third behind Terpstra and Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo).

British riders performed well, with Sky’s Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe ending the race in fourth and seventh places overall. Bradley Wiggins also came away from the race satisfied with his performance as he heads towards an attempt to win Paris-Roubaix in April.

An escape on stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

The escape group passes under a bridge, providing the ideal location for Graham Watson to snap a shot

Katusha leads the peloton in Doha on stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Despite Katusha leading the peloton, the team’s Alexander Kristoff was not a factor in the final sprint and could not overhaul overall winner Niki Terpstra

The peloton on stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Katusha, Etixx, Orica-GreenEdge, Movistar and FDJ teams assemble for the stage finale

Orica-Green Edge cyclists before stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Orica-GreenEdge riders take a breather before the stage start

Luke Rowe signs-on before stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Luke Rowe signs on before the stage – he went on to finish in seventh place overall

The peloton on stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Graham Watson put his camera away right after this. Honest

Sam Bennett of Bora-Argon 18 wins stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar against WorldTour opposition

Irishman Sam Bennett took the biggest win of his career at the end of the stage

Sam Bennett wins stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Sam Bennett celebrates his win

Niki Terpstra wins the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Niki Terpstra earned the right to wear the final gold jersey of the race, and to get a gold teapot and a cuddly something-or-another