Tom Boonen and the other big names preferred to sit in the bunch and let the lesser-known riders share the spotlight during the fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar on Thursday.

Ten riders formed the decisive break during the 160km stage with 21 year-old Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (Predictor) winning the sprint to take his first win as a professional ahead of Germany?s Marcel Sieberg (Milram) and Frenchman Stefane Pouhlies (Ag2r). The bunch finished three minutes behind.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.