All photos by Adam Hodges
Britain’s Mark Cavendish donned the gold jersey yesterday as he was named the overall winner of this year’s men’s Tour of Qatar.
This is the second win of the Qatar event for Cavendish, who this year rode with his new team Dimension Data. He previously took the top title in 2013.
He battled with Alexander Kristoff during windy conditions on yesterday’s final leg of the five-day event from Sealine to Doha’s Corniche, and was just beaten on the day’s race by the team Katusha cyclist by a fraction of a second.
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But Cavendish’s overall time of 13hr, 47mins and 23 secs for the 625km route was enough to take him to the top of the table and to don the final golden jersey.
Just five minutes behind him, Kristoff took the silver jersey. Greg Van Avermaet from Team Giant Alpecin came in third.
A total of 18 teams took part in the 15th edition of the Qatar tournament, which is the first in the international cycling events season organized by Amaury Sport Organization, which also oversees the Tour de France.
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The cyclists have a few days of rest before the start of the next race, the Tour of Oman which begins on Feb. 16.