Al Kohr Corniche - Qatar - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration - sfeer - illustratie peloton   pictured during Tour of Qatar Elite - Stage 1  from Dukhan to Al Khor Corniche - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 9, 2016

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In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Mark Cavendish wins the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar; USA Cycling confirms Evelyn Stevens will attempt the UCI Hour Record; Patrick Lefevere hits back after Etixx-QuickStep Tour of Qatar omission; Giant-Alpecin’s Chad Haga keeping spirits high after horrific collision; An interview with Fernando Gaviria; Caption contest; City Downhill World Tour 2016; Spanish race cancelled due to 100km/h winds.

Mark Cavendish wins the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar

by Matt de Neef

Mark Cavendish has taken his first victory in Dimension Data colours, winning the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar on Monday.

Tour of Qatar 2016 - Elite - Stage 1

Cavendish outsprinted Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Andrea Guardini (Astana) in a group of just 16 riders that made it to the finish with a shot at victory.

Strong winds saw a lead group of 21 riders form after just 50km of the 176km stage, with that group opening a lead of more than a minute. The winds ensured a swift average speed for the race — Cavendish averaged more than 50km/h over the stage’s three and a half hours.

The lead group would split again after a change of wind direction, but Cavendish and the other sprinters were able to hold on and contest the final kick.

Cavendish now wears the leader’s jersey with four stages remaining.

Stage 1: Dukhan > Al Khor Corniche - Stage Result

Monday 8th February 2016

1. gb
CAVENDISH Mark
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
03:28:46
2. it
MODOLO Sacha
Lampre - Merida
-
3. it
GUARDINI Andrea
Astana Pro Team
-

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and was shot on the opening day of the Tour of Qatar.

  • Simon

    Now if those riders at Benidorm had been riding steel……

    • Sean

      Imagine how many strava KOMs you could smash with that as a tail wind.

      • Bex

        imagine you got to a bend in the road with that tail wind behind you.

      • Andy B

        I always wait for the wind then head out strategically with a course mapped out purely for strava

  • Ryder

    Any chance of seeing a new instalment of avanti’s ‘how to heckle cyclists’ video but this time with Pat Shaw?

  • Il_falcone

    The feature photo shows pretty much (but not all) of what’s wrong with bicycle racing in Qatar.

    • David Seaton

      What!? Look how popular it is with the spectators!

      • Cynic

        Spectators?

        Population is less than 2 million, but of those 278,000 are actual citizens (members of the Al Thani royal family and assorted hangers on). Those 278,000 have the world’s highest GDP per person () due to them owning the world’s 3rd largest natural gas and oil reserves.

        The rest are rich westerners (minority) and (majority) SE Asian workers who are virtual slaves working off debts (paid to get there). Many property developers (including many Australians) sell the passports of these workers to other building projects when they are done with them. Death rates on their work sites are appalling. It is estimated that 4,000 will have been killed to build the World Cup stadia for 2022. The recent FIFA bribery scandal highlighted how the Qataris won that WC too.

        Political parties and trade unions are banned by the constitution (the royal family). Law is a mix of Sharia and civil law, with family courts dictating that a woman’s testimony is only worth half that of a man’s, and in some cases a woman’s testimony is not accepted at all. Around 20-50 foreign workers (ie. Phillipino house maids, Bangaldeshi building workers) are sentenced to 40-100 lashes each year for the crimes of “alcohol consumption” or “illicit sexual relations” (some case where they were victims of rape). Meanwhile alcohol is served in 5 star hotels to the rich whites with no issue. Stoning is also a legal punishment.

        It needs more than a scheduling rethink. Shades of rugby tours of Apartheid South Africa I reckon.

        Hope Eddy is happy to take the $ to promote Qatar…

    • ed

      the comments about ME tours that pop up on this website are so misinformed. people need to be aware that the populaiton density outside of the cities is very low and as such thats why spectators arent lining the race roads in their thousands. i have seen plenty of footage of the vuelta passing through the barren landscapes of andaucia with no one watching. the weather in the ME in february is perfect for racing with day time temps very mild – dubai is currently 23 degrees. rider’s safety shouldnt be compromised and i agree the riders were justified in their decision at last year’s tour of oman when a shamal blew in. with regards to the abu dhabi tour late october isnt the best time as the weather is still in its low 30s on the coast and warmer inland – i think its scheduling needs a rethink.

  • Neil_Robinson

    Sam Bennett’s, 4th at Qatar is almost as interesting as Cav’s win (to me).

    It looks like his leadout failed/went too early, then he got semi boxed on the right of the road behind Cav/Modolo/Guardini up front and Kristoff to the left.

    He beat out Kristoff in a throw after Katusha piled on a dominant leadout, and i’m speculating here, I think he might have had the power to beat Guardini and possibly Modolo. Not bad for a pro conti rider. Maybe the Sean Kelly suggestion he’s a chance for Milan San Remo might not be as far fetched as I originally thought.

    • jules

      Kelly not a man given to overstatements either

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