Tom Boonen takes opening stage of Tour of Qatar

Belgian wins first leg of cycle race, all eyes on the return of Mark Cavendish
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Belgian Tom Boonen of team Omega Pharma-Quick Step sprints to the finish line to win the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club in the Qatari capital on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Sky Pro cycling team rider Mark Cavendish of Britain prepares to compete in the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club in the Qatari capital on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Belgian Tom Boonen of team Omega Pharma-Quick Step sprints to the finish line to win the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club in the Qatari capital on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Belgian Tom Boonen of team Omega Pharma-Quick Step celebrates on the podium after winning the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club in the Qatari capital on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Belgian Tom Boonen of team Omega Pharma-Quick Step celebrates winning the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Belgian Tom Boonen (C) of team Omega Pharma-Quick Step prepares to compete in the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club in the Qatari capital on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
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BMC rider Philippe Gilbert of Belgium is pictured before the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club in the Qatari capital on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Radioshack-Nissan team rider Yaroslav Popovych of Ukraine greets young Qatari fans before competing in the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club in the Qatari capital on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Cyclists prepare to compete in the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club in the Qatari capital on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Filippo Pozzato of Italy (L) talks with Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx before competing in the 133.5 kilometer first stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between Barzan Towers and Doha Golf Club in the Qatari capital on February 5, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)