Steven de Jongh Qatar 07

Quick Step bounced back from the worst week in their history with a team time trial win on Doha's Al Corniche road in the Tour of Qatar.

While former rider Johan Museeuw and team manager Patrick Lefevre are embroiled in separate scandals back home, the riders made no secret of their desire to defend Tom Boonen's Tour of Qatar title, riding in tight formation around the windy Bay of Doha to finish five seconds in front of Milram.

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.