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February 14/17 10:42 am - Tour of Oman: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 02/14/17

A year after his win at Naseem Park,  there was no stopping Alexander Kristoff. In an expected bunch sprint finish, the Norwegian beat Italians Sbaragli and Colbrelli to the line to capture his fifth stage success on the Tour of Oman. Unlike Tom Boonen who suffered a crash during the final sprint, it was a fine day for the Katusha squad that had worked hard to control the five escapees of the stage, before their sprinter delivered the goods on the final straight. Kristoff becomes the first leader of the 8th edition of the race and will wear the Red Jersey for tomorrow’s stage 2.

The sun came out just in time for the start of stage 1 as 143 riders gathered by the picturesque Sawadi Beach. On the menu: 176.5 kms of flat roads for a long loop before returning towards the coast and heading to Naseem Park, just west of Muscate. After only three kilometers, five men broke away from the pack: Warbasse (ABS), De Gendt (SVB), Marangoni (NIP), Fonzi (WIL) and Masson (WVA). Not too concerned by this early break, the pack took it easy and the gap grew to 3:30 at km 20.

At the first intermediate sprint (km 81.5) claimed by De Gendt ahead of Fonzi and Warbasse, the pack had moved closer, still remaining 2:25 adrift. The second bonus sprint (km 49) was again won by De Gendt ahead of Fonzi while the pack was 1:20 behind. Guaranteed to capture the most aggressive rider’s jersey at the end of the day, De Gendt decided to stop his effort at km 146. Fonzi also called it quits leaving three men in the lead with a 1:05 advantage and 25kms to go.

As the pack moved closer to the leaders, a crash occurred sending several riders to the ground including promising Frenchman Guillaume Martin (WGG). Thankfully they all managed to move back in the peloton. With 10kms to go, the front three only had a 10s advantage and were eventually caught minutes later. While all the big sprinting teams moved toward the front of the pack, stage contender Sonny Colbrelli (TBM) suffered a puncture. It took the Italian and his Bahrain-Merida team mates a big effort to move back in the pack for the final bunched sprint.

On the final long straight, drama occurred as Tom Boonen (QST) was sent to the ground, thankfuly not too badly hurt but bidding farewell to a possible win. Like a year ago at Naseem Park, finish of the 3rd day in 2016, there was no stopping Alexander Kristoff. Victorious of a stage at L’Etoile de Bessèges this season, the Norwegian captures a second success this season beating Kristian Sbaragli (DDD) and Colbrelli to the line.

Thanks to his fifth victory in Oman, Kristoff assumes the overall leader’s Red Jersey. He leads the GC with a 4s advantage over Sbaragli and 6s over Colbrelli, and also claims the points jersey. Despite being caught by the pack in the final moments of the day, Aimé De Gendt can be satisfied, not only with the Most Aggressive rider jersey, but also with the lead of the best young rider standings.


The two Canadian riders Alexander Cataford (UnitedHealthcare) finished 52nd in the same time as the winner, with
Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale) finishing 142nd at 4:03 back


Results from Stage 1 in Oman

Stage 1: Al Sawadi Beach to Naseem Park, 176.5 km
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 3:46:29
2 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
3 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4 Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
5 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) UnitedHealthcare
6 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina
7 Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
8 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
9 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
10 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina
11 Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
12 Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
13 Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
14 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
15 Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
16 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
17 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
18 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
19 Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
20 Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
21 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
22 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
23 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
24 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
25 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
26 Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data
27 Rui Costa (Por) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
28 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data
29 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
30 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) UnitedHealthcare
31 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport
32 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data
33 Annas Ait el Abdia (Mar) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
34 Delio Fernandez (Esp) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
35 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina
36 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
37 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
38 Julian Arredondo Moreno (Col) Nippo - Vini Fantini
39 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data
40 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
41 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
42 David De La Cruz (Esp) Quick-Step Floors
43 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare
44 Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
45 Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
46 Mathias Frank (Sui) AG2R La Mondiale
47 Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
48 Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
49 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
50 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
51 Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
52 Alexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare
53 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
54 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
55 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
56 Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
57 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin
58 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare
59 Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
60 Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
61 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors
62 Lukas Spengler (Sui) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
63 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
64 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
65 Olivier Pardini (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
66 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare
67 Patryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
68 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
69 Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
70 Stefan Küng (Sui) BMC Racing Team
71 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
72 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
73 Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
74 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
75 Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
76 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
77 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare
78 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
79 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
80 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
81 Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
82 Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
83 Kilian Frankiny (Sui) BMC Racing Team
84 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina
85 Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
86 John Anderson Rodriguez Salazar (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
87 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina
88 Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina
89 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare
90 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) Katusha-Alpecin
91 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
92 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
93 Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina
94 Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
95 Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
96 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
97 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
98 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
99 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
100 Martin Elmiger (Sui) BMC Racing Team
101 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
102 Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
103 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
104 Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain-Merida
105 Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
106 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
107 Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
108 Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
109 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
110 Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale
111 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
112 Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
113 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport
114 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
115 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb
116 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
117 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
118 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb
119 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
120 Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
121 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
122 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
123 Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Wilier Triestina
124 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb
125 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi all s.t.
126 Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:54
127 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:56
128 Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:00
129 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb 1:09
130 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 1:09
131 Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 1:23
132 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00
133 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00
134 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 0:00
135 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 1:39
136 Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 1:58
137 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport 2:27
138 Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:00
139 Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 3:14
140 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 3:26
141 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida 4:01
142 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 4:03
143 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 8:45


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