Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won the fourth stage of the 2014 Tour of Qatar on Wednesday, out-pacing Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) in the bunch sprint.
Barry Markus (Belkin) placed third, with Irish sprinter Sam Bennett (NetApp-Endura) in fifth.
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It’s Boonen’s 22nd stage win in the race, and his second victory in this year’s edition.
Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) maintains his overall lead in the race, with Boonen moving up to second and Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol) slipping to third. Brit Ian Stannard (Sky) is fourth at 37 seconds.
Tour of Qatar 2014, stage four: Dukhan to Mesaieed, 135km
1. Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 2-22-34
2. Andre Greipel (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
3. Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin
4. Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge
5. Sam Bennett (Irl) NetApp-Endura
6. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana
7. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
8. Matteo Peluchhi (Swi) IAM Cycling
9. Michael Van Staeyen (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen
10. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky all at same time
Overall classification after stage four
1. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 17 secs
3. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 20 secs
4. Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky at 37 secs
5. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 47 secs
6. Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo at 48 secs
7. Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto-Belisol at 51 secs
8. Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 1-00
9. Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 1-08
10. Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo at 1-21
Tour of Qatar 2014, stage two: Tom Boonen back to winning ways in the Tour of Qatar
Tour of Qatar 2014 stage one: Niki Terpstra takes early race lead from five-man escape group