Organizers Eddy Merckx and Dirk De Pauw look ahead to the future of the two Middle Eastern races, which could be added to the WorldTour.
The top spring classics stars, like Alexander Kristoff and Greg Van Avermaet, agree that Tour of Qatar is an ideal tune-up race.
Alexander Kristoff claims his third win of the week, and Mark Cavendish wraps up the overall title at Tour of Qatar.
The British sprinter finishes second to Alexander Kristoff on the final stage, but benefits from time bonuses to take the overall victory.
Untimely flat tires leave Edvald Boasson Hagen out of the race as Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory, and Mark Cavendish takes GC lead.
The Norwegian began stage 4 of the Tour of Qatar with a 26-second lead, but two flats cost him the jersey.
Edvald Boasson Hagen loses the overall lead due to flat tires, while Alexander Kristoff sprints to his second victory of the week.
Matthew Busche spent six seasons in the WorldTour and is now riding at the Pro Continental level. He hopes to return to the top rung.
The Tour of Qatar's golden leader's jersey is handed from one Dimension Data rider to another as Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 3.
Teammates and friends agree that Edvald Boasson Hagen's development was stunted at Sky, but now he is spreading his wings with Dimension