Dutch rider Niki Terpstra of the Etixx team retained the leader’s gold jersey of the Tour of Qatar after Wednesday’s fourth stage was won by Norwegian Alexander Kristoff, the Katusha cyclist’s second success.
Kristoff triumphed after a bunched sprint finish at the end of the 165km stage between Al Thakira and Mesaieed, finishing ahead of Slovak Peter Sagan and German Nikias Arndt.
In the overall standings, Terpstra now enjoys a six-second advance on Poland’s Maciej Bodnar, with Briton Ian Stannard 12sec adrift.
Thursday’s fifth stage sees the riders tackle 153km from Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal. – Agence France-Presse