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14 february 2014 - 18:02

The Tour of Qatar has finished. The final stage ended with a bunch sprint on the Doha Corniche. André Greipel lost the wheel of his teammates and didn't play a role. The stage win was for the Frenchman Arnaud Démare. Dutchman Niki Terpstra is the number one in GC.

Lotto Belisol has three riders in top 10 of the overall classification. Jürgen Roelandts finished third at 20", Marcel Sieberg 6th at 56" and André Greipel 10th at 1'23". The German champion took the win yesterday, after the team had set a strong performance in the run-up. Roelandts was close to the victory in stage one, when he got away with a front group of five. He got beaten by Terpstra. In that stage Jürgen laid the groundwork for his good GC.

Bart Leysen, sports director: "In the sprint André Greipel lost the wheel of his teammates and so he was in 30th position after the last corner before the finish. He couldn't sprint for the win today. In the first stage Jürgen Roelandts possibly should have been more cunning, he finished second now. A day later he was third, Boonen was just too strong in the sprint. In stage 4 Greipel could have won the sprint from Boonen, it was very close. So we could have gone home with three victories."

"But I'm very satisfied. We came to win a stage and get a good GC and we succeeded. I'm also happy that everyone got through this Tour of Qatar in one piece. It has been dangerous the past days with the echelons, riders were really pushed to the side of the road. There are three of our men in the top ten of GC. That proves that our riders are in good shape and that's good with the classics in mind."