(MENAFN -Arab News) MADINAT AL SHAMAL: Germany’s Andre Greipel, a narrow second to Tom Boonen on Wednesday, took Thursday’s Tour of Qatar fifth stage, a 159km ride from Al Zubara Fort to Madinat Al Shamal
The Lotto rider prevailed in a sprint finish ahead of Lithuania’s Aidis Kruopis with Dutch rider Theo Bos taking third
Niki Tersptra, also of the Netherlands, retained his lead in the overall standings ahead of Friday’s sixthand final stage after finishing ninth behind Greipel
Barring misfortune Tersptra is poised for victory on Doha’s Corniche on Friday
He leads his Omega Pharma teammate Boonen (8th on Thursday) by 17 seconds with a 20sec advantage over Belgian Jurgen Roelandts
“We controlled the stage today well, not taking any risks and letting the other teams work in the final section. I’m optimistic for tomorrow,” said Tersptra.