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Cavendish wins another stage in Qatar

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Madinat Al Shamal, Qatar – Isle of Man racer Mark Cavendish bagged his third win in as many days on Thursday in winning the fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar to retain the overall lead.

The British rider, who is in his first season with Omega Pharma-Quick Step after a move from Team Sky, landed the penultimate stage Ä 154km from Al Zubara Fort to Madinat Al Shamal – in taking a sprint finish to edge out Yauheni Hutarovich of Belarus and Lithuania's Aidis Kruopis.

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DOHA, QATAR - FEBRUARY 06: Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Omega Pharma - Quick Step took the race leaders gold jersey after winning stage four of the Tour of Qatar from Camel Race Track to Al Khor Corniche on February 6, 2013 in Al Khor Corniche, Qatar. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The 27-year-old Cavendish, who has picked up 23 stage wins on the Tour de France, a record for a sprinter and fourth all-time best, took his stages tally in Qatar to seven overall as he held on to the gold jersey he took Wednesday from American Brent Bookwalter.

The race concludes Friday at Doha. – Sapa-AFP

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