Fourth win in Qatar for Tom

A fourth sprint win on the final stage of the Tour of Qatar gives Tom Boonen overall victory and no

A fourth sprint win on the final stage of the Tour of Qatar gives Tom Boonen overall victory and no

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After being foiled by a faulty gear mech and Bernhard Eisel on stage four, Tom Boonen returned to winning ways on the fifth and final stage of the Tour of Qatar today. For no less than the fourth time this week, Erik Zabel finished as runner-up, with Fabrizio Guidi third.

Success in the final stage from Al Thakhira to Doha's Corniche also wrapped up overall victory for Boonen. Fittingly, Zabel finished second overall, 11 seconds down on the world champion.

"Because the wind made escapes such hard going, this Tour of Qatar hasn't been very difficult to control," said Boonen. "My team-mates have done a good job in controlling the race and I just had to finish the job in the sprints."

Boonen admitted, rather worryingly for his rivals, that he is still some way short of his best form. "Above all, the Tour of Qatar has been a good test for the team from the perspective of the sprints. From a personal point of view, the race has allowed me to improve my condition. I assure you that I am not yet in my best form," he stated. Boonen's next race is scheduled to be the Ruta del Sol, starting on February 12.

Stage 5, Al Thakhira-Doha Corniche

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic 151.5km in 3.36.48 (41.93kph)
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram
3 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak
4 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise des Jeux
5 Robert Hunter (SA) Phonak
6 Matti Breschel (Den) CSC
7 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Unibet.com
8 Aurlien Clerc (Swi) Phonak
9 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) CSC
10 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner

Overall

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic 17.02.20
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) 0.11 T-Mobile
3 Aurlien Clerc (Swi) Phonak 0.30
4 Robert Hunter (SA) Phonak 0.40
5 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak
6 Matti Breschel (Den) CSC 0.41
7 Steven de Jongh (Hol) Quick Step
8 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak 0.43
9 Nick Ingels (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 0.44
10 Aart Vierhouten (Hol) Skil-Shimano

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