Tour of Qatar 2015: ITT - Terpstra powers to win

Tour of Qatar stage winner Niki terpstraNiki Terpstra is super-strong in the ITT on the Lusail Circuit. He bests both Cancellara and Wiggins and seems set to take the overall. Only GC-rider threatening him could be Bodnar, who is now 11 seconds down in the overall, and Stannard, at 12 seconds. (Slideshow route/profile)

Tour of Qatar 2015: Results 3rd stage

1. Niki Terpstra (Nld)
2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) + 0.08
3. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) + 0.09
4. Bradley Wiggins (GB) + 0.09
5. Ian Stannard (GB) + 0.10
6. Matthias Brändle (Aut) + 0.18
7. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) + 0.20
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) + 0.21
9. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) + 0.24
10. Reto Hollenstein (swi) + 0.25

GC after stage 3
1. Niki Terpstra (Nld)
2. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) + 0.11
3. Ian Stannard (GB) + 0.12
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) + 0.19
5. Luke Row (GB) + 0.33
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) + 0.36
7. Tom Boonen (Bel) + 0.42
8. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) + 0.44
9. Andrey Grivko (Ukr) + 0.46
10. Peter Sagan (Svk) + 0.48

Race report
Lars Boom is the first serious contender, finishing in 14’33”. Van Keirsbulcke is 0’10” faster, while Matthias Brandle takes the lead in 14’21”.

Bradley Wiggins is next. It’s the first time he shows his rainbow stripes. He bests Brandle, but his old rival Fabian Cancellera is 1 second faster: 14’11”. Ian Stannard gives all he has got to finish in 14’13”.

But the best time trialist in Qatar is Niki Terpstra. The title-holder crushes Cancellara’s time by 0’08” and takes the overall lead.

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Niki Terpstra

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