Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) won the Tour of Qatar for the second time in his career, despite Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) edging him out in a photo finish on the final stage.
After storming to victory on stage one, Cavendish was unable to add another sprint victory to his name, with Kristoff twice beating him in a photo finish.
But the Manx Missile, after returning to the overall lead when stage three time trial winner and team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen suffered a late puncture on stage four, did enough to defend his overall lead and claim the gold jersey.
Kristoff finished the race with three sprint victories, to Cavendish’s one, but it’s Britain’s former world champion taking home the leader’s jersey for the second time, having first won the race in 2013.
The final stage started with Cavendish defending a two-second overall lead from BMC Racing’s Greg van Avermaet and the Belgian’s team were active throughout the race.
A strong tailwind ensured the race started at a rapid pace, and Steven Tronet (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Jesse Sergent (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Tom DeClercq (Topsport-Vlaanderen) formed the day’s break.