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29.01.2008/ Overall leader Tom Boonen extended his lead by winning stage 3 of the Tour of Qatar. It was Boonen's 14th stage win in the Arabian stage race. Quickstep controlled the race and after winning the Team Time Trial and Boonens succes yesterday, until now the Belgian Pro-Tour squad won all stages of this years edition. Like on yesterdays second stage Italian sprinter Napolitano came in second.

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Todays third stage started at the Camel Race Track and the 147.5 kilometres long stage finished at the Qatar foundation. Scott Nydam (BMC) and Grant Irwin (Drapac Porsche) did not start, both riders were forced to quit yesterday. Unlike the previous day, the wind, still as strong wasn’t favourable on the first half of the stage. Therefore the pace was much slower. 

After 8 kilometres Volodymir Dyudya (Milram) made the best of the situation to break away. The lead of the Ukranian rider grew rapidly. After 15 kilomtres Dyudya had a lead of 50 seconds on the first chaser, Omar Hasanin (Doha Team) and 2' 25" on the bunch. After 25 kilometres is lead grew to 2 minutes on Hasanin and 10' 30" on the bunch. 

In the first hour the average speed was 34,6 km/h. Dyudya reached a maximum lead of 16' 10" on the bunch. Hasanin never managed to move closer to the front man. After 51,5 kilometres Dyudya won the first intermediate sprint located at Al Ghuwayriya, ahead of Hasanin (8 minutes behind) and Van Avermaet (Silence-Lotto) who then led the pack, 12' 30" behind the leading escapee.

The second part of the stage was totally different. With the pack heading back south, the riders enjoyed a strong tail wind. Like yesterday, the Quick Step squad accelerated and the bunch were riding much faster now. The plans of the Belgian Pro-Tour team were however troubled by an attack of Maarten Tjallinghi (Silence-Lotto) that forced overall leader Tom Boonen to stop his effort. Boonen failed to stay with the first part of the bunch and was 22" behind. 

At the same time, Dyudya's lead became smaller and smaller: After 71 kilometres 8'45" at kilometre 71, After 99 kilometres 4 minutes and only 2 minutes at kilometre 114. Boonen and his team mates managed to catch up with the first chasing group. After a long 120 kilometre breakaway, Dyudya was eventually caught by the pack.

Well controlled by the Quick Step, Lampre and Silence-Lotto teams,  the bunch stayed together until the finish at the Qatar Foundation. Tom Boonen won the mass sprint, once again beating his main rival, Danilo Napolitano (Lampre). Boonens teammate Steven De Jongh came in third. TIt was Boonen's 14th success in Qatar and the 2005 road race world champion extended his overall lead. Boonen also grabbed extra points in the silver jersey lead. Greg Van Avermeat (Silence-Lotto) defended his lead in the young riders classification.

Tom Boonen said: "A very different stage compared to yesterday’s. Yesterday, we were controlling entirely. We did whatever we wanted to. It sounds ’from out of the sky’ but it wasn’t. Today it was different. There was the fall of Tjallinghi and that pushed Kevin (Hulsmans) and me out of the front group. From that moment on we could have chased from the back but that would have cost us strength. We gambled a little bit and told he first four guys in front to stop riding. Fourty kilometres later we caught them and we started controlling for the sprint."

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Results Tour of Qatar 2008
stage 3
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                         3.29.41
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                            
3 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                          
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
5 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                       0.02
6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    
7 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    0.05
8 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                          
9 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                
10 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                  0.12
11 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott         0.14
12 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  
13 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
14 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                      
15 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                        0.16
16 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                         
17 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  0.17
18 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                          
19 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   
20 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                             
21 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                         
22 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                       
23 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  
24 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                                  
25 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                        
26 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                             
27 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                           
28 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                 
29 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                          
30 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                
31 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                      
32 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                             
33 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Credit Agricole                                      
34 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      
35 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                             
36 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                      
37 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     
38 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            
39 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                        
40 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                             
41 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                       
42 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                          
43 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
44 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                               
45 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                   0.33
46 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                      
47 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                             
48 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                        
49 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      
50 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                               
51 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                      
52 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                
53 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                          
54 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                            
55 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                             
56 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                         
57 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                       
58 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
59 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                       
60 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                         
61 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                            
62 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                               
63 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                       0.57
64 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                              
65 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    
66 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  1.22
67 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                        1.28
68 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                      
69 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                        1.30
70 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                             1.38
71 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                  2.22
72 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            3.35
73 Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  3.57
74 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              5.31
75 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                  5.51
76 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                            
77 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               
78 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                     7.11
79 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                       7.28
80 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                             7.30
81 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                       8.06
82 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                           
83 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                       
84 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         
85 Hossein Askari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                             
86 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                                    
87 Peter Mc Donald (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      
88 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                          
89 Eric Berthou (Fra) Credit Agricole                                       
90 Mike Sayers (USA) BMC Racing Team                                        
91 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                    
92 Aymen Ben Hassine (Tun) Doha Team                                        
93 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                            
94 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                              
95 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                           
96 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         
97 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                        
98 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              
99 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                         
100 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                        
101 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                          
102 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation       
103 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     
104 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                            
105 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                    
106 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                   
107 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                     
108 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                       
109 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                             
110 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                 
111 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                 
112 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                 
113 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                      
114 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                             
115 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                                
116 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       
117 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                
118 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  8.44
119 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                      15.05
120 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                       
121 Amir Zargari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                              
122 Abbas Saeiditanha (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                         
123 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                             
124 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
125 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                             
126 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
127 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                      
128 Tareq Esmaeili (Qat) Doha Team                                          
129 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                              
130 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                              
131 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott

General Classification after stage 3
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                         6.04.30
2 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                       0.13
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                0.23
4 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                         0.25
5 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                       0.26
6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                 0.32
7 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                0.50
8 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                               0.54
9 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                        0.59
10 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                   1.03
11 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                        1.14
12 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   1.20
13 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                            1.24
14 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                         
15 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                  1.25
16 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                           
17 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                   1.31
18 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                      1.34
19 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   
20 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                
21 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                            1.37
22 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  1.38
23 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                       
24 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                        
25 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott         1.40
26 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                      1.41
27 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   1.46
28 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                       2.05
29 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                       2.22
30 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                      4.18
31 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                    4.19
32 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  4.21
33 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       4.24
34 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                   4.25
35 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                             
36 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                          
37 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                               4.30
38 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                          4.34
39 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                            
40 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                      4.35
41 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                       
42 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    4.41
43 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                   4.45
44 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                         4.46
45 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Credit Agricole                                   5.03
46 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                        5.30
47 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                  6.17
48 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              6.51
49 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                          8.01
50 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         8.54
51 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               9.01
52 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          9.03
53 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 9.05
54 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                        
55 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                          9.09
56 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                      
57 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                     9.13
58 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   9.20
59 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                               
60 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                              9.21
61 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                       
62 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 9.37
63 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                           9.44
64 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         10.00
65 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                         10.06
66 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                       10.09
67 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            10.15
68 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                           10.32
69 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                    11.19
70 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                  11.44
71 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 12.00
72 Eric Berthou (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   12.10
73 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                           12.12
74 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              12.13
75 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              
76 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  12.14
77 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  12.44
78 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                     13.05
79 Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                 13.32
80 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                  13.34
81 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  
82 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                            13.53
83 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                 14.56
84 Aymen Ben Hassine (Tun) Doha Team                                    15.54
85 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                      15.57
86 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                      16.15
87 Hossein Askari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                         16.18
88 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                            16.23
89 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                              16.43
90 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   16.48
91 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              16.53
92 Mike Sayers (USA) BMC Racing Team                                    16.54
93 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                    
94 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                        16.57
95 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                    16.58
96 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                           
97 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                        
98 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                      16.59
99 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          17.06
100 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                      17.07
101 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                        17.12
102 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                         17.39
103 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      17.45
104 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                    17.50
105 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                          19.08
106 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  19.13
107 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                       19.26
108 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                         20.00
109 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                    21.22
110 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                       
111 Peter Mc Donald (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                 21.23
112 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                        
113 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                               21.24
114 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                21.28
115 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                  21.37
116 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                         21.41
117 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation       
118 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                            21.51
119 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                               22.43
120 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                 23.12
121 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                23.53
122 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                          
123 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott                      23.58
124 Abbas Saeiditanha (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                     24.10
125 Amir Zargari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                              
126 Tareq Esmaeili (Qat) Doha Team                                      28.36
127 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                   28.40
128 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         29.35
129 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                              
130 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                              
131 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                  29.44

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