The Tour of Qatar was Ian Stannard's first race of 2012 and his primary role was to work for Team Sky's sprinter, the current world champion Mark Cavendish.
The week ended with success with two victories by Cavendish, however he also crashed on the final stage but was not seriously injured. Besides Cavendish's two wins the team also placed second in the points competition (Cavendish), third place overall (Juan Antonio Flecha), and second placed overall team.
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February 5th, 2012 Stage 1 Barzan Towers - Doha Golf Club 142.5km
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:11:32
2 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team
31 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
137avg heart rate
Ian recorded his maximum 20-minute power output during the first stage of the Tour of Qatar at 398w.
February 6th, 2012 Stage 2 TTT Lusail 11.3km
1 Garmin- Barracuda 12:38
2 Omega Pharma-Quick Step :00:07
3 Team Sky :00:09
178 avg heart rate
97 avg rpm
Ian set his maximum 10-minute power output of the Tour of Qatar during the second stage at 451w. The stage was almost 13 minutes in length and Team Sky just lost out by a mere nine seconds.
February 7th Stage 3 Dukhan - Al Gharafa Stadium 146.5km. World Champion Mark Cavendish wins his first stage in Qatar.
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 3:23:48
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
103 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 00:01:29
127 avg HR
83 avg rpm
Stage 3 was the first victory of the season for Team Sky's Mark Cavendish. Ian Stannard worked for Cavendish and he set his maximum 30-second power output of the Tour at 852w.
February 8th Stage 4 Al Thakhira - Madinat Al Shamal 144km. Team Sky places three in the top-10 including Stannard.
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:03:14
2 Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1t4i
10 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
146 avg HR
86 avg rpm
Other than the TTT, Stage 4 was the highest avg heart rate, 146bpm, and average watts, 271w, of this year's Tour of Qatar for Stannard. He also set his highest 1-minute power value, 663w, and his highest 3-hour power output of 274w. This was obviously a tough day and Team Sky came through with three riders in the top-10. Besides Stannard's 10th place Juan Antonio Flecha was 4th, and Bernhard Eisel was 8th.
February 9th Stage 5 Camel Race Track - Al Khor Corniche 160km. Cavendish Victorious in Al Khor Corniche.
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 3:30:40
2 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
34 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
130 avg HR
82 avg rpm
Today's battle was won by Mark Cavendish, his second stage victory of the week. No max power outputs were set by Stannard during this 5th stage of the Tour of Qatar, but that isn't the point of racing. Team Sky came though with the victory and spirits are high entering the final stage.
February 10th Stage 6 Sealine Beach Resort - Doha Corniche 120km. Cavendish Takes a Tumble.
1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 2:20:44
2 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha
98 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
The big news from today's stage 6 was that Team Sky's Mark Cavendish crashed near the finish. Cavendish seems to be doing OK and initial reports show he is still planning to race in the Tour of Oman.
Stannard set his highest 10-second, 30-minute, 60-minute and 90-minute power outputs of the week on the final stage: