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28.01.2008/ After claiming last year’s first ever team time-trial of the Tour of Qatar, Quickstep did it again at yesterdays opening stage of the 2008 Tour of Qatar. The Belgian Pro-Tour team proved to be the fastest on the 6 kilometre course beating the Slipstream Chipotle squad by 3 seconds. Matteo Tosatto was the first Quickstep rider who crossed the line. The Italian rider is the first overall leader of this years Tour of Qatar.

Quick Step again conquered the opening team time-trial which took place in excellent weather conditions on Doha’s very long Corniche. 
The Belgian squad clocked 6 minutes and 35 seconds at the line, with an average speed of 54,683 km/h on the 6 kilometres long course.  The team was lucky to finish with all riders, a few metres behind the finish line Kevin Hulsmans had a puncture.

For its season opening race and its first appearance in Qatar, the Slipstream Chipotle team, that had led the day’s race for quite some time, finally had to settle for second spot, two seconds adrift.
The Skill Shimano riders captured a rather good third position, five seconds off the winning pace.

First of the Quick Step boys on the finish line, Italian Matteo Tosatto, a Tour de France stage winner back in 2006 (in Macon) claims the first golden jersey of the Arabian stage race and leads the overall ahead of Cretskens and De Jongh.
The first blue jersey for the best young rider goes to Australia’s Christopher Sutton (TSL).

Matteo Tosatto said: "It’s a nice way to start the year. It’s our team’s first race and the first one for Tom [Boonen]. We’re happy because we win for our first race. Last year we won this team time-trial and we repeated our performance. It’s an important success because there have been a lot of stories that have nothing to do with cycling. We went for a training camp in Spain just before we arrived here in Qatar and we prove that we’ve worked well over there.
It’s clear that Tom is our captain. We’ll see what happens at tomorrow’s stage. The most important was to start well this Tour of Qatar."

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Results Tour of Qatar 2008
stage 1
1 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                    6.35 (54.68 km/h)
2 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                   
3 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                      
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                           
5 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                  
6 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                       
7 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                   0.02
8 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            
9 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         
10 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                              
11 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            
12 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                             0.05
13 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                    
14 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                       
15 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                 
16 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  
17 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                     
18 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                       
19 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  
20 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                  0.06
21 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                         
22 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                  
23 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                        
24 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                       
25 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                  0.07
26 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                             
27 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                              
28 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                   
29 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
30 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                  
31 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                               
32 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                             
33 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                               0.09
34 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
35 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Credit Agricole                                  
36 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                            
37 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 
38 Eric Berthou (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   
39 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      0.11
40 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                    
41 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           
42 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         
43 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     
44 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                  0.12
45 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      
46 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                  
47 Peter Mc Donald (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                  
48 Grant Irwin (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      
49 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                  
50 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                      
51 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                           
52 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                           
53 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                          
54 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                       
55 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              
56 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              
57 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              
58 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                             
59 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                          
60 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                           
61 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              
62 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             0.13
63 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
64 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
65 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
66 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
67 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
68 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
69 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                  
70 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                    
71 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                                
72 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                   
73 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                
74 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                    
75 Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team                                    
76 Mike Sayers (USA) BMC Racing Team                                    
77 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                   
78 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                    
79 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                      
80 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                         
81 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                       
82 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                   
83 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                    0.14
84 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         0.15
85 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                     0.16
86 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                      0.17
87 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                  
88 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                    
89 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       
90 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                  
91 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                 
92 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                  
93 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                    
94 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                           0.18
95 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                            
96 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott        
97 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                          
98 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                        
99 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                      
100 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott                      
101 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                 0.21
102 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                    
103 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      0.25
104 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                       0.26
105 Omar Hasanin (Qat) Doha Team                                        
106 Aymen Ben Hassine (Qat) Doha Team                                   
107 Tareq Esmaeili (Qat) Doha Team                                      
108 Rafaa Chitioui (Qat) Doha Team                                      
109 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Qat) Doha Team                                  
110 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                          
111 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                  0.27
112 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                    0.30
113 Abbas Saeiditanha (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                     
114 Hossein Askari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                        
115 Amir Zargari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                          
116 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation   
117 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                
118 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                         
119 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                   
120 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                         0.40
121 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                  0.41
122 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                      0.58
123 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                        
124 Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                             1.00
125 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                 1.04
126 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      
127 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     1.08
128 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                 1.09
129 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                       1.24
130 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                      1.25
131 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                            1.32
132 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                               1.34
133 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                             2.03

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