Garmin win Tour of Qatar time-trial

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Team Garmin-Barracuda have won the second stage of the Tour of Qatar, a 11.3km time-trial at the Lusail motorcycle track.

The TTT is close to our hearts at Garmin-Barracuda and winning today, as a team, is really exciting, its a great way to start off the year.

It was the first win of the year for Garmin-Barracuda

“The TTT is close to our hearts at Garmin-Barracuda and winning today, as a team, is really exciting,” said Tyler Farrar.

“Its a great way to start off the year.”

Belgian Tom Boonen of Omega Pharma-Quick Step, winner of the opening stage, retained the race leader's golden jersey, with American Farrar second on the same time.

Garmin finished the time-trial ahead of Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Sky.

"We're here with some young riders. Second by seven seconds from the machine that is Garmin, it's really very good," Boonen said.

"Almost all the world's best sprinters are here. That promises to throw up a good spectacle."

Farrar, ranked second because Boonen won the first stage, added: "Team time-trials are really Garmin's speciality.

"They're even our favourite event. We train a lot for them and today we had great legs.

"I'll obviously give the maximum over the last four stages to claim the golden jersey. But we're at the start of the season. It's my first race and my form is without doubt not yet at its best."

Stage three sees the riders tackle the 146.5km third stage between Dukhan and Al Gharafa Stadium.

Results from Monday's second stage of the Tour of Qatar, a 11.3km time-trial at the Lusail motorcycle track:

Stage 2: 11.3km TTT, Lusail.

1 Garmin-Barracuda 0:12:38
2 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:07
3 Sky 0:00:09
4 Katusha
5 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:13
6 RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:14
7 GreenEdge 0:00:16
8 BMC
9 Rabobank 0:00:17
10 Lotto-Belisol Team
11 FDJ-Bigmat 0:00:23
12 Project 1t4i 0:00:24
13 Farnese Vini-Selle Italia 0:00:31
14 Champion System 0:01:03
15 Bridgestone Anchor 0:01:11
16 RTS 0:01:34

General classification:

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:24:07
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
3 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:03
4 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda
5 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
6 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Barracuda
7 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky 0:00:10
8 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
9 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
10 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

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