It seems everyone is loving the Team Time Trial these days. Except, of course, the Tour de France. The Tour of Qatar is the latest to feature the team race. The Tour of Qatar is more of a showcase race to call attention to a country that is eager to do business with the European continent.
As in the Vuelta, the Tour of Qatar TTT was in place of the prologue. When a TTT is this short (6km) it, in my opinion, brings out the best in a team. Formations must be perfect and stay perfect. The end result is a thing of beauty.
“It was very tough,” said Tom Boonen, third in the overall standings. “It’s not easy for a team to manage such a course over a small distance. You have to get off very quickly, don’t slow down and stay very organized. We were tough today.”
It is still too early to start guaging the form of the classics riders at this point but Patrick Lefevre and Quick-Step injected (sorry) a little excitement into the still young season.