Tour of Qatar 2008: Wind stops Team MILRAM in the third stage of Tour of Qatar

Dortmund, 29 January 2008. Team Milram came in to the finish with the first large group in the third stage of the Tour of Qatar. The stage win went again to Belgian Tom Boonen (Quick-Step), who will continue to wear the leader’s golden jersey. He won in a mass sprint ahead of Italian Danilo Napolitano and teammate Steven de Jongh. Best MILRAM rider was Marco Velo in 26th place.

“We were near the front of the field all the way up to the finish, but had some bad luck with the wind, which cost us our chance in the sprint,” said MILRAM’s Christian Knees. “I am satisfied with the first days. We are working together well as a team and gathering important race kilometers for the Spring Classics.”

The 147,5 km long flat stage from the Camel Race Track to the Qatar Foundation began more quietly than the previous day’s stage. The tempo picked up with the first attacks after about 50 km, and the peloton fell apart into many groups. MILRAM helped to bring the leading group of about 60 riders to the finish and to maintain its lead.

Tomorrow’s fourth stage runs 131,5 km from the coastal city of Doha to the finale in the Khalifa Stadium in Al Khor Corniche.

The stages 2008:

27.01. Stage 1: Doha – Doha, MZF (6 km)

28.01. Stage 2: Al Zubarah – Doha Golf Club (137,5 km)

29.01. Stage 3: Camel Race Track – Qatar Foundation (147,5 km)

30.01. Stage 4: Khalifa Stadium – Al Khor Corniche (131,5 km)

31.01. Stage 5: Al Khor Academy – Al Khor Corniche (170 km)

01.02. Stage 6: Al Wakra – Doha Corniche (120 km)

Total length: 712,5 km

Team MILRAM roster:

Volodymyr Diudia (UKR), Matej Jurco (SVK), Alberto Ongarato (ITA), Marco Velo (ITA),

Ralf Grabsch (GER), Christian Knees (GER), Niki Terpstra (NED).

Sportlicher Leiter:

Oscar Pellicioli (ITA).

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