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Mark Cavendish, the former road race world champion sealed his Tour of Qatar win with a final stage victory, thus winning his fourth consecutive Tour of Qatar. Cavendish’s win marks a rare overall victory in his second race after signing up with team Omega Pharma-Quick Step of Belgium. This is the second general classification win for Cavendish after he won the Ster ZLM Toer in Netherlands in 2012.
Popularly known as the Manxman, Cavendish took 116 km final stage from the Sealine Beach to Doha, beating Yauheni Hutarovich of Belarus and Barry Markus of Netherlands.
Cavendish’s comprehensive win proved that he was thoroughly enjoying his time with his new team, having quit Team Sky in October 2012. After the win, Cavendish tweeted, “Amazing to have a race full of real gentlemen today, who neutralized a close race so I could rejoin the group after crashing”.
In the general classification, Cavendish beat his nearest competitor Brent Bookwalter, by 25 seconds. His fellow British rider, Adam Blythe was 30 seconds behind him and finished fourth. Coming out victorious, Cavendish said he was “over the moon”. He said that he comes here expecting a guaranteed overall victory alongside Tom Boonen but with Boonen out with an injury, he was nervous and under a bit of pressure.
Elated with the win, he said, “The guys did an amazing job here. They looked after me well and never failed to deliver. I am extremely happy that I could bring it home for my team once again. We have won Tour of Qatar six times and in several stages, and I am so happy that I could be a part of something so amazing”.
Cavendish, 27 is an out-and-out sprinter but has a few overall wins in his kitty. He started his Omega Pharma career with a one stage victory at Tour of San Luis in Argentina.