Niki Terpstra wins individual time trial, takes Tour of Qatar lead

The gold leader's jersey passed to Dutch rider Niki Terpstra after the individual time trial in Qatar. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick-Step) rode to victory in the stage 3 time trial of the Tour of Qatar Tuesday, taking the race leader’s gold jersey along the way in Lusail.

A time of 14:03 on the 10.9km course on another windy day in Qatar was good enough to best both Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), who took second, eight seconds behind Terpstra, and world time trial champion Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), who was third, nine seconds back on the leader.

Having started the day in fifth overall, Terpstra’s ITT performance gave him a commanding lead in the general classification. Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo) nabbed fourth place on the stage 3 and now sits in second place on GC, 11 seconds behind the lead, with Ian Stannard taking fifth on the day to put him in third on GC, 12 seconds down.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) who started the day wearing the gold jersey after his victory on a windswept stage 2, lost 44 seconds to Terpstra, and tumbled down to sixth in the general classification as a result.

Wednesday’s fourth stage will take the peloton 165.5 kilometers from Al Thakhira to Mesaieed.