The first stage of the Tour of Qatar, 176 km from Durkhan to Al Khor Corniche, was characterized by the full force wind and by a good performance of Sacha Modolo, who confirmed his good condition.
The gists of wind blew on the bunch from the start and helped the riders to ride at an average speed higher than 50 km/h.
This caused a heavy selection in the peloton, with 21 riders who took the head of the race after 50 km in the stage: Modolo was great in playing in the wind and he succeeded in joining this head group, which had a maximum advantae of 2′
While the bunch was focused on the chase to the head group, a crash occurred and Matej Mohoric got involved in, suffering a broken elbow.
The Slovenian rider is in a hospital in Doha and Dr Pollastri, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s pysichian, is evaluating with the local medicians how to organize the best assistance.
The chasing group could not neutralize the gap, so the leading riders sprinted for the victory of the stage.
Modolo was just behind Cavendish when the British rider started the sprint at 200 mt to the arrival, he tried to overcome the formed world champion who reacted and defended his advantage on LAMPRE-MERIDA’s rider (photo Bettini), who obtained the second place preceding Guardini, Bennet and Kristoff.
Kump won the sprint of the chasing group, crossing the finish line in 17th position with a gap of 1’43”.
“I’m satisfied for my condition which allowed me to be in the head group when the bunch was broked by the wind, but I have some regrets for not have been able to achieve the big target – Modolo explained – My idea was to anticipate Cavendish, but Mark began the sprint earlier than me, so I could not overtake him.
I don’t want to think about regrets, I prefer to focus on tomorrow stage and to send my support to Mohoric, who suffered an injury in a crash“.
1- Cavendish 3h28’46”
2- Modolo s.t.
3- Guardini s.t.
4- Bennet s.t.
5- Kristoff s.t.
17- Kump 1’43”, 102- Mario Costa 11’53”, 105- Arashiro s.t., 107- Pibernik s.t., 108- Cimolai s.t., 132- Zurlo 19’15”
1- Cavendish 3h28’31”
2- Modolo 8″
3- Guardini 11″
4- Kristoff 12″
5- Kuznetsov 13″