Tour of Qatar Stage 2: Van Avermaet Takes Fourth9. February 2016, Doha, Qatar — Road Team
It was another sprint finish on stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar with Greg Van Avermaet finishing in fourth place behind stage winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).
Van Avermaet is in seventh place on the General Classification, 20 seconds from race leader Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Manuel Quinziato rounds out the top ten in tenth place.
Strong winds split the peloton into multiple groups in the opening 70 kilometers, before the groups re-joined as they started the first of four laps of a circuit which will make up part of the UCI World Championships road race course in October.
A crash in the final kilometer split the peloton, leaving a small group to battle it out in the sprint.
Van Avermaet gave credit to his BMC Racing Team teammates for their work in delivering him to the finish line in a good position.
“I’m really happy with the team’s work. They really supported me in the stage and especially in the end. They got me in a good position and took care of me. Finishing fourth, I’m pretty happy and lucky that I didn’t crash.”
Van Avermaet doubts that the UCI World Championships road race course will play to his strengths.
“It will be a technical course more for sprinters. I don’t think it is a really nice parcours but it is like it is and we will try to do our best there in October. But for me I don’t think there is a great chance to win.”
Stage 3 tomorrow is an 11 kilometer Individual Time Trial where Van Avermaet will hope to gain some second back from his rivals.
“I feel good and hope to do a good time tomorrow. And then we can see in the days after that.”
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