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Cavendish claims Tour of Qatar victory

February 8, 2013 17:00 pm

Mark Cavendish won the sixth and final stage of the Tour of Qatar on the Doha Corniche to claim the overall victory – his second general classification triumph.

The 2011 world champion was in the colours of Omega Pharma as he won the 116.5km ride from Sealine Beach to Doha with a sprint finish.

This was Cavendish’s eighth win in total and his fourth in as many days with no rider having won four consecutive stages of the Tour of Qatar beforehand.

Belgium's Tom Bonnen, a four-time winner of the Tour, won four stages in 2007, but not all in succession.

Boonen, who is now a team-mate of Cavendish at Omega Pharma, was unable to defend his title this year due to an elbow injury.

"I'm over the moon," Cavendish said. "We come here every year almost guaranteed an overall victory with Tom Boonen, but he's recovering from an injury. So it put a little bit of pressure on me and I was a bit nervous.

"But I'm really happy to get the win. The guys worked incredible here. They really looked after me so, so well here and delivered every single day.

"I am so happy and proud I can bring it home again for the team.

"We've won the Tour of Qatar six times, and I don't know how many stages, so I am happy to be a part of that."

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