Tour of Qatar, Stage 5: Van Avermaet Ninth12. February 2015 — Road Team
BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet (far left) notched his third top 10 finish of the Tour of Qatar Thursday, but it was not enough to keep his place in the overall standings. (©Tim De Waele/TDWsport)
Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) won his third stage of the six-day race while Van Avermaet finished ninth and slipped from fourth to fifth overall. Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) held onto the overall lead by six seconds ahead of Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo). Van Avermaet is 19 seconds behind with a day of the race to go.
BMC Racing Team's Ben Hermans attacked to ignite a five-man breakaway after 65 km of racing. But after gaining a maximum lead of three minutes, the group was brought back with 15 km to go.
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