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A reduced peloton contested the sprint at the end of Tuesday's stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
A reduced peloton contested the sprint at the end of Tuesday's stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of Qatar, Stage 3: Making The Split

7. February 2012

Al Gharafa Stadium, Qatar

BMC Racing Team riders Adam Blythe and Philippe Gilbert made the decisive split Tuesday on another windy day at the Tour of Qatar. The result moved Blythe into 10th overall with three days of racing remaining.

Problems For Hushovd, Phinney

When strong crosswinds sliced the peloton with 30 kilometers left in the 146.5 km stage, Blythe and Gilbert were among the front group of 38. "Our objective was to protect Blythe but also keep Gilbert, Thor Hushovd and Taylor Phinney on a good place on the general classification," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. "Unfortunately Hushovd had a puncture and never came back, and in the first echelon Phinney touched the rear derailleur of Gilbert and also had a mechanical." Blythe (11th) and Gilbert (16th) finished 1:29 ahead of the field as Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) took the stage win. Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) retained the overall lead. "I was a bit too far forward when the sprint started," Blythe said. "It would've been better to be running up on them instead of kind of sputtering out at the end. Hopefully I'll keep moving up on the GC a little bit. The main thing was to stay out of trouble and stay at the front."