Brent Bookwalter comforted his Golden Jersey after the second stage of the Tour of Qatar: a 14km team time-trial at Al Rufaa street. The American made the best of BMC's impressive effort, clocking the best time of the day and beating Team Sky by 5». Bookwalter now has a 6» overall lead on his team mate Taylor Phinney.
Stage 2: Al Rufaa street Team Time-trial, 14 km
141 riders at the start (Modolo (BAR) non-starter). Sunny and windy
A brand new course just outside Doha welcomed the 141 riders of the 2013 Tour of Qatar for a 14 kilometre team time-trial in extremely windy conditions. Taking off last BMC was well focused on a possible stage success and on keeping the Golden Jesrey on the shoulders of Brent Bookwalter. Despite being second at the halfway mark (km 7), 11â€ť slower than team SKY, the American squad managed an impressive comeback clocking the best time in 16'07â€ť.
Team Sky finish second at 5â€ť while Omega Pharma Quickstep have to settle for third spot, 10â€ť adrift. Brent Bookwalter therefore comforts his overall leadership and now has a 6â€ť and 10â€ť advantage over his team mates Taylor Phinney and Adam Blythe.
Bookwalter also leads the points' classification while Phinney remains the best young rider.