Posts Tagged ‘Tour of Qatar 2008’

The crash at the end of Stage 5 at the Tour of Qatar 2008 and the final sprint:

Highlights from the final stage of the 2008 Tour of Qatar:

Dortmund, 01 February 2008. The German ProTour Team MILRAM finished off the Tour of Qatar /27.01 – 01.02, UCI 2.1) with an 18th place finish by Marco Velo. The sprinter teams controlled the sixth and last stage of the desert race, as expected. The day’s victory after 120 km went to overall winner Tom Boonen, who beat the Italian Alberto Loddo (Tinkoff) and the Brazilian Luciano Pagliarini (Saunier Duval) in the mass sprint in Doha Corniche.

We ended off this Tour with another typical flat stage. Early on a few riders were able to escape and Quick-Step kept things under control At least it wasn’t as hectic as the last few days. Overall it was good preparation for us, since we saw a lot of action,“ said MILRAM’s Ralf Grabsch, who is satisfied with his first race of the season. Continue Reading »

Convincing performance by the MILRAM duo on the longest stage on the Persian Gulf

Dortmund, 31 January 2008.   The fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar (27.01.-01.02. / UCI 2.1) was again one for the sprinters around favorite  Tom Boonen.  Many riders tried their luck on the 170 kilometer longest stage between Al Khor Academy and Al Khor Corniche, causing an unsettled race.   But the peloton managed to hold things together until after 110 km a 42-rider strong group formed, among which were MILRAM’s Ralf Grabsch, Marco Velo and Alberto Ongarato.

Things were happening right from the beginning today.  There were constant attacks, and numerous small groups, who wanted to prevent another mass sprint finish, tried to get away,“ said MILRAM’s Ralf Grabsch.  „But the peloton didn’t let anyone really get away.  In the end I was in the big leading group with Marco Velo and Alberto Ongarato and we did  our share of the work.“ Continue Reading »

Highlights from Stage 4 of the 2008 Tour of Qatar from the Khalifa Stadium to Al Khor Corniche.

Youngster Niki Terpstra pushes himself into the Top Ten of the Best Young Rider Ranking

Dortmund, 30 January 2008. MILRAM’s Niki Terpstra rode into the top ten in the Best Young Rider ranking with an admirable peformance in the fourth stage of the Tour of Qatar (UCI 2.1). About 12 kilometers before the finish line, Terpstra made a brave escape out of the leading group, but the Quick-Step team around overall leader Tom Boonen wouldn’t let the young Dutchmen get away. In a surprise finish, the Italian Alberto Loddo (Tinkoff Credit Systems) took the sprint after 131,5 km between Khalifia Stadium and Al Khor Corniche. Overall leader Tom Boonen finished second, defending his lead, with the German Sebastian Siedler (Skil-Shimano) coming in third.

Picture above: Niki Terpstra

The best MILRAM rider was Marco Velo in 20th place. Terpstra came in shortly thereafter in 31st place, moving himself up to eighth in the Young Rider Ranking. The young Dutchman is currently 25th overall. Continue Reading »

Highlights from the third stage of the 2008 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.” Continue Reading »

Highlights from the opening stage of the 2008 Tour of Qatar, a team trial in Doha.

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Dortmund, 28 January 2008. Two flat tires ended Team MILRAM’s hopes of a success in the second stage of the Tour of Qatar (UCI 2.1). Alberto Ongarato and Marco Velo were both in promising position in the 137,5 km flat stage when the defects kept them from staying with the leaders. Continue Reading »