Mark Cavendish back in Tour of Qatar lead after stage four

Late puncture sees Edvald Boasson Hagen drop out of race lead in Tour of Qatar as Alexander Kristoff wins stage four - Photos by Yuzuru Sunada

Mark Cavendish in the lead after stage four of the 2016 Tour of Qatar

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

It was day of drama and punctures at the 2016 Tour of Qatar today as race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) lost his gold jersey after a late puncture, with team-mate Mark Cavendish regaining the overall top spot.

The race split on the final of four laps under the pressure of cross winds and an attack from LottoNL-Jumbo and, whilst Boasson Hagen made the front group, he punctured twice shortly after. By the time he was on a bike that worked, he was in a second bunch 40 seconds down.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.