Ian Stannard showed he is back to his best after last year’s fractured spine, finishing the race in fourth place overall
The 2015 Tour of Qatar concluded on Friday, with Dutchman Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) successfully defending his victory from last year.
Terpstra and his team successfully fended off a spirited attack on his position at the top of the general classification by triple stage winner Alexander Kristoff. The Norwegian scooped up points on one of the day’s intermediate sprints, but did not figure in the day’s final bunch gallop. He settled for third behind Terpstra and Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo).
British riders performed well, with Sky’s Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe ending the race in fourth and seventh places overall. Bradley Wiggins also came away from the race satisfied with his performance as he heads towards an attempt to win Paris-Roubaix in April.
The escape group passes under a bridge, providing the ideal location for Graham Watson to snap a shot
Despite Katusha leading the peloton, the team’s Alexander Kristoff was not a factor in the final sprint and could not overhaul overall winner Niki Terpstra
Katusha, Etixx, Orica-GreenEdge, Movistar and FDJ teams assemble for the stage finale
Orica-GreenEdge riders take a breather before the stage start
Luke Rowe signs on before the stage – he went on to finish in seventh place overall
Graham Watson put his camera away right after this. Honest
Irishman Sam Bennett took the biggest win of his career at the end of the stage
Sam Bennett celebrates his win
Niki Terpstra earned the right to wear the final gold jersey of the race, and to get a gold teapot and a cuddly something-or-another