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31.01.2008/ After two second spots at this years edition of the Tour of Qatar, Danilo Napolitano finally conquered his first victory of the 2008 season on Al Khor’s Corniche on his 27th birthday. After the 170 kilometres of the Tour’s longest stage, the Italian sprinter smartly choosed the wheels of the Quick Step boys before outsprinting his compatriot Alberto Loddo and Tom Boonen. Boonen defended his overall lead.

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Danilo Napolitano took the fifth stage... (© Lampre )

Under a blue sky 129 riders took off from the Al Khor Corniche for the fifth and penultimate stage. Immediately after the start of the 170 kilometres long and longest stage of this years Tour of Qatar, the race was extremely fast The riders used the strong tail wind.

After 5 kilometres the bunch broke up into several groups with all the favourites up front. Alexandre Pichot (Bouyges Telecom), sixth overall after yesterdays fourth stage, failed to be among the leading men. After 20 kilometres the gap between the first group and the first chasers was  35 seconds.

Under the influence of the Bouygues Telecom riders taking care of most of the chase, the main field bunched up together again after 38 kilometres. A few moments later, the pace dropped down seriously. In the first hour the average speed was 56 km/h.

Two riders attacked: Hossein Jahanbanian (Iranian Cycling Federation) and Omar Hasanin (Doha Team) already present in several breakaway groups at this years Tour of Qatar.

After 64 kilometres the breakaway had a lead of 35 seconds. After 73 kilometres they had a lead of 4' 35". That was the sign for Quickstep and Silence-Lotto to start the chase. After 93 kilometres Jahanbanian and Hasanin were caught by the bunch.

Steven de Jongh (Quickstep) won the first bonus sprint, Frederik Willems (Liquigas)  took the second spot and Nico Eeckhout (Topsport Vlaanderen) grabbed the third spot. The bunch broke up in two groups with all the main favourites for the overall in the leading group. The gap was growing rapidly: 20 seconds after 118 kilometres, 1' 15" after 130 kilometres and 2' 55" after 140 kilometres.

Just before the second intermediate sprint at Umm Suwaiya Mitchell Docker (Drapac Porsche) attacked but he didn't really got away. But at least it was enough to win the second intermediate sprint. Steven de Jongh was second and Maarten Tjallinghi (Silence - Lotto) took the third place.

With 10 kilometres to go Quickstep started to prepare  the bunch sprint for their captain and overall race leader, Tom Boonen. With 500 metres to go a severe crash sent several riders to the ground. Julian Dean, Magnus Backstedt and Christopher Sutton (All Slipstream) were some of the riders involved. Early reports say Backstedt broke his collarbone.

Danilo Napolitano (Lampre) took the stage. Yesterdays stage winner Alberto Loddo (Tinkoff) came in second, Tom Boonen came in third and defended his overall lead. Boonen also defended his lead in the points classification,  Greg Van Avermaet remains the best young rider.

Danilo Napolitano said: "During the last two kilometres, I was behind Boonen. With 250m to go, De Jongh was taking care of launching Boonen. He then took command of things with 200 metres to go and I still had to go by De Jongh. I then anticipated on Tom Boonen’s sprint before winning the stage and so I can celebrate my birthday!"

Lampre's Sports Director Fabrizio Bontempi said: "A very good performance by Napolitano and by the whole team, that has worked in a perfect way during the stage and just before the sprint."

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Results Tour of Qatar 2008
stage 5
1 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                       3.49.14 (44.50 km/h)
2 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                 
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                                
4 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                           
5 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                               
6 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott              
7 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                       
8 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                        
9 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                           
10 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
12 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                        
13 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                            
14 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
15 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                              
16 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                        
17 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              
18 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   
19 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                            
20 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  
21 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       
22 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                               
23 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                                
24 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    
25 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                      
26 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                              
27 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                            
28 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                           
29 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                              
30 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                      
31 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    
32 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                       
33 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     
34 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                          
35 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                 
36 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                       
37 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                       
38 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                                   
39 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          
40 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                         
41 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       
42 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                           
43 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                        0.36
44 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                     0.38
45 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                         
46 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                         
47 Eric Berthou (Fra) Credit Agricole                                        
48 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                  
49 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                          
50 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                                
51 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                             
52 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                  
53 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
54 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                 
55 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                       1.03
56 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                        1.11
57 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    1.19
58 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          
59 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Credit Agricole                                    1.27
60 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          2.07
61 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                
62 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                        
63 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              
64 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                 
65 Tareq Esmaeili (Qat) Doha Team                                        10.31
66 Abbas Saeiditanha (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                           
67 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                             
68 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                                
69 Aymen Ben Hassine (Tun) Doha Team                                         
70 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                              
71 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                         
72 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                          
73 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                         
74 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                     
75 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                            
76 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                           
77 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                             
78 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                       
79 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                          
80 Hossein Askari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                              
81 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          
82 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         
83 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                                
84 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                               
85 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                               
86 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                        
87 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                 
88 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation         
89 Amir Zargari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                                
90 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                            
91 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                     
92 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
93 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     
94 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                         
95 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     
96 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                               
97 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   
98 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   
99 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                              
100 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                               
101 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                       
102 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                                 
103 Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                     
104 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                     
105 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                              
106 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                     
107 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                           
108 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                      
109 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                  
110 Peter Mc Donald (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      
111 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
112 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              
113 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                          
114 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     
115 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       
116 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      
117 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott                           
118 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
119 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                         
120 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                      
121 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                            
122 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                          
123 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                              
124 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                      
125 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               
126 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     
127 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle

General Classification after stage 5
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                         12.38.07
2 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                        0.17
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                 0.30
4 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                        0.36
5 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                  0.40
6 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 1.00
7 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                1.03
8 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                     1.13
9 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              1.18
10 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                   1.31
11 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         1.40
12 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                    1.41
13 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       
14 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                       1.44
15 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                 
16 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                             1.47
17 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott          1.50
18 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                        2.06
19 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                        2.30
20 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                       3.15
21 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                        4.15
22 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                       4.28
23 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                           4.35
24 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                                4.40
25 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                           4.44
26 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                             
27 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                         4.51
28 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       4.54
29 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     5.04
30 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Credit Agricole                                    6.40
31 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                   8.20
32 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                         9.02
33 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           9.13
34 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  9.15
35 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                               9.31
36 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                          10.16
37 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                10.21
38 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                             10.41
39 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                            10.42
40 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         11.11
41 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                      12.05
42 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                   12.33
43 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                    13.06
44 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  13.08
45 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       13.11
46 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                   13.32
47 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               13.43
48 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                       15.05
49 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            15.29
50 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              15.38
51 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                     15.49
52 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                        16.09
53 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                   18.22
54 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                           18.31
55 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                          18.39
56 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                    18.46
57 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          18.47
58 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                        18.56
59 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               19.42
60 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                            20.01
61 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                     20.56
62 Eric Berthou (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    20.57
63 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               21.00
64 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   21.04
65 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   22.18
66 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  22.41
67 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   22.50
68 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                    23.53
69 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                         24.04
70 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                       25.02
71 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                             25.10
72 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                     25.45
73 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                         
74 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          25.59
75 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                      26.37
76 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      27.02
77 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                        27.19
78 Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  27.29
79 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                               27.40
80 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                    28.07
81 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                     28.23
82 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                          28.27
83 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       
84 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   28.38
85 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 28.55
86 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                            29.49
87 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                        31.04
88 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                           31.31
89 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   31.32
90 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      32.03
91 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      32.04
92 Aymen Ben Hassine (Tun) Doha Team                                     32.55
93 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                             33.11
94 Hossein Askari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                          33.25
95 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                  34.14
96 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                       35.15
97 Peter Mc Donald (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   35.20
98 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                           35.38
99 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    36.06
100 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              36.11
101 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                36.12
102 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                        36.15
103 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       36.16
104 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                      36.17
105 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          36.24
106 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                          36.57
107 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       37.03
108 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott                       37.55
109 Abbas Saeiditanha (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                      38.07
110 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   38.31
111 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                        38.44
112 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                          39.18
113 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                    39.21
114 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                    40.40
115 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                                40.42
116 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                 40.46
117 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          40.55
118 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation    40.59
119 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                             41.09
120 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                42.01
121 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                  42.30
122 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 43.11
123 Amir Zargari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                           43.28
124 Tareq Esmaeili (Qat) Doha Team                                       47.54
125 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                           48.53
126 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                               
127 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                   49.02

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