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Boonen praises Brammeier for setting up Qatar stage win

Posted 05 February 2012

By Cillian Kelly,
Tom Boonen had high praise for the role that his Omega Pharma-Quickstep teammate Matt Brammeier played in helping him to a season opening stage win at the Tour of Qatar today.
Brammeier played a key role in setting Boonen up for the finishing sprint and was a strong force near the head of the peloton as it entered the final kilometres of the 142.5 kilometre stage from Barzan Towers to Doha Golf Club.
Boonen made light of the finish holding off Adam Blythe (BMC) to take the race leader’s jersey while Peter Sagan (Liquigas) rounded off the first podium.
Former Rás winner David McCann also had a good day in the saddle finishing 66th in the main field as part of the Asian based RTS Racing Team.
Boonen has won the Tour of Qatar three times in the past and has recorded at least one stage win in every edition for the past nine years. The Belgian’s appetite for success in the event remains undiminished and he has promised to push his team all the way to victory.
"In the final there was a little wind. It was very difficult to stay out front but the guys did a phenomenal job. It was a tough battle to maintain the lead positions,” said Boonen of the job done by Brammeier and his teammates in the lead out train.
“In the final I ended up ahead with Maes and Steegmans. Both of them did a great job. Maes took me from the last curve to 400 metres and then it was Geert's turn and at 200 metres I launched my sprint,” he added.
Boonen revealed that everyone inthe Omega-Pharma team is highly motivated and looking forward to tomorrow’s stage two team time trial which takes place over an 11.3 kilometre course in Lusall.
“Everyone here is highly motivated. Tomorrow is the team time trial. We're definitely going to give it our best,” said the team leader.
“With this team we've always got to try to achieve excellent results. I think that a place among the first three teams is definitely within our reach. Then in the next few days we'll see if we can also be contenders for the classification," said Boonen.
Tour of Qatar
Barzan Towers - Doha Golf Club, 142.5 kilometers
1.  Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:11:32
2.  Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team
3.  Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
4.  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
5.  Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
6.  Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank
7.  Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
8.  Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling
9.  Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
10. Robert Wagner (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
66. David McCann (Irl) RTS Racing
99. Matt Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
General classification after stage 1:
1.  Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:11:22
2.  Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team 0:00:04
3.  Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:06
4.  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:07
5.  Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team
6.  Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling 0:00:08
7.  Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha
8.  Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank 0:00:09
9.  Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
10.  Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:10
67. David McCann (Irl) RTS Racing
99. Matt Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-Quickstep

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