Bradley Wiggins caught on wrong side of a split in the peloton in Tour of Qatar opener. Photos by Graham Watson

Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) prevailed in the wind-swept opening stage of the Tour of Qatar on Sunday, claiming the bunch sprint from a reduced peloton.

Rojas cruised in ahead of four-time Qatar champion Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) in second and Frenchman Arnaud Demare (FDJ) in third. Although Rojas is a regular fixture in race top 10s, this is his first victory since last May’s Vuelta a Castilla y León.

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) was caught on the wrong side of a split in the bunch, and finished in a group that came in 33 seconds adrift of the leaders. Luke Rowe (Sky) was top-placed British rider in 29th, at the same time as Rojas.

Irish sprinter Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) put in a strong ride to finish fifth.

Rojas wears the leader’s jersey going into Monday’s second stage.

Result
Tour of Qatar 2015, stage one: Dukhan to Sealine Beach, 136km
1. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quickstep
3. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
5. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
6. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory
7. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
8. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana
9. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
10. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis all same time
Other
29. Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky at same time
40. Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky at same time
47. Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18 at same time
70. Adam Blythe (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge at 33 secs
80. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 33 secs

Overall classification after stage one
1. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quickstep at 4 secs
3. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ at 6 secs
4. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-QuickStep at 8 secs
5. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 9 secs
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo at 10 secs
7. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 at 10 secs
8. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory at 10 secs
9. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling at 10 secs
10. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana at 10 secs

Bradley Wiggins on stage one of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Bradley Wiggins on stage one of the 2015 Tour of Qatar