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Boasson Hagen Storms Into Qatar Lead

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Feb 10, 2016 – Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen of the Dimension Data team took the leader’s golden jersey after winning the Tour of Qatar’s third stage on Wednesday.

AFP/Kåre Dehlie Thorstad

Boasson Hagen won the 11.4km time-trial around the Lusail circuit in 13min 26sec, finishing 25sec ahead of Dutch rider Jos Van Emden, with Italian Manuel Quinziato in third, a further 4sec adrift.

Cavendish could only finish seventh, at 44sec, and now sits 26sec behind his team-mate in the overall standings. Hagen, 28, said: “I feel stronger than last year and with luck I am. I succeeded in winning today, now I’ll try to keep hold of the golden jersey.”

Thursday’s fourth stage is a 189km ride from Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal.

Final kilometers of Stage 3
https://youtu.be/l3Ejy8IKTko

Results Stage 3:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:13:26
2. Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:25
3. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:29
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:32
5. Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:40
6. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:00:43
7. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:44
8. Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
9. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:45
10. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:47

General Classification:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 6:53:35
2. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:26
3. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:32
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:34
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:45
6. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:48
7. Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:01:02
8. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:07
9. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:10
10. Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:15