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Boonen of Belgium earns 4th Tour of Qatar title

Updated: February 10, 2012, 09:14

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Tom Boonen of Belgium won his fourth Tour of Qatar title on Friday, beating American Tyler Farrar.

Boonen led the race since the opening stage last Sunday, and topped Farrar by 28 seconds overall.

Boonen and his Omega-Pharms Quick Step were careful to protect his lead on the sixth and last stage, 75 miles from Sealine Beach Resort into Doha Corniche.

He also won the event in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

The stage was won by Arnaud Demare, the under-23 road world champion, for his first pro victory.

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