Schlagwort-Archive: Tour of Oman

Tour of Oman – Stage 5 Green Mountain

Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain), Wednesday, February 20th 2019 – Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) took his third stage win in four days on Wednesday with another display of power on Green Mountain. The Kazakh champ overcame the last early attacker, Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie), in the final 200 metres to establish his dominance while Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain – Merida) came third. Ahead of the final flat stage to the Matrah Corniche, Alexey Lutsenko is set for his second overall victory on the Tour of Oman.

1 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 3:44:03
2 Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie 0:00:07
3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:11
4 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:19
5 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
6 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
7 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:23
8 Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Gobert 0:00:30
9 Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:39
10 Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:44
11 Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Charles
12 Darwin Atapuma (Col) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:46
13 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles
14 Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally UHC Cycling 0:00:51
15 Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:03

1 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 18:38:39
2 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:44
3 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:47
4 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:53
5 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 0:01:03
6 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:14
7 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:01:25
8 Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Gobert 0:01:31
9 Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally UHC Cycling 0:01:43
10 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel 0:01:51
11 Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:53
12 Jacques Willem Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 0:01:54
13 Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:00
14 Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:18
15 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data 0:02:23

Young Rider:
1 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 18:39:42
2 Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally UHC Cycling 0:00:40
3 Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:50
4 Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:57
5 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data 0:01:20
1 Team Katusha Alpecin 56:04:00
2 Team Dimension Data 0:01:30
3 AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:17
4 CCC Team 0:06:27
5 UAE Team Emirates 0:08:15

Tour of Oman – Stage 4

Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Tuesday, February 19th 2019 – Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) sprinted to victory on Tuesday after a hard-fought stage 4 of the Tour of Oman. The Italian champ snatched his first win of the season ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Clément Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale) after the early attackers were caught by a reduced bunch inside the final kilometre – a perfect boost for him ahead of the Classics. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) retains the red jersey on the eve of the Queen stage with the summit finish in Green Mountain on Wednesday.

Sonny Colbrelli – Amstel Gold Race 15.4.2018
Photo by Gerhard Plomitzer /
1 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 3:17:09
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
3 Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
4 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
6 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
7 Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
8 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles
9 Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
1 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 14:54:46
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 0:00:14
3 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:18
4 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:24
5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:27
6 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:00:29
7 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data 0:00:30
8 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 0:00:34
9 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
10 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale

Tour of Oman 2. Etappe

1 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 4:07:19
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:03
3 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
4 Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
5 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
6 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
7 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin
8 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9 Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
10 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 7:01:56
2 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
3 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data 0:00:12
4 Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:16
5 Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
6 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
8 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
9 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
10 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates

Tour of Oman – 1. Etappe

Alexander Kristoff am 3.2.19 bei der Mallorca Challenge – Foto Gerhard Plomitzer – @plomiphotos
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 2:54:50
2 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
5 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Direct Energie
6 Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country
7 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-Charles
8 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
9 Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10 Emils Liepins (Lat) Wallonie Bruxelles

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 2:54:40
2 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel 0:00:04
3 Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team 0:00:05
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:06
5 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data 0:00:10
6 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Direct Energie
7 Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country
8 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-Charles
9 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
10 Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

Tour of Oman 2019

The key infos:
– Riders have arrived from all around the World to kick-off the 10th edition of the Tour of Oman with an unprecedented stage on Saturday.
– Alexey Lutsenko, the overall winner in 2018, and Alexander Kristoff, who hasn’t missed a single edition, are hungry for more omani success.
– Bryan Coquard, Nacer Bouhanni and André Greipel are ready to battle it out in the sprints.

Kristoff, a proper Omani
I have a small competition with Micky Schär, he’s also been there 10 times”, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) laughed ahead of his tenth participation on the Tour of Oman. “I told him I won’t quit until he does!” Apart from this rivalry, the powerful Norwegian wants to open his victory account for this season and add more success to the 8 stage wins he already claimed in the Sultanate: “There’s a strong field so it won’t be easy but at least I know how to win here, especially on the Matrah corniche. André (Greipel) also knows how to win there but I already have it set on my mind how I want to do this.”
Lutsenko: “We’re here with a very strong team”
Winner of the 2018 Tour of Oman, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) wats to become the second rider to win the race twice, after Chris Froome did it in 2013 and 2014. The Kazakh champ claimed his ambitions as he came back from two weeks of altitude training in Tenerife: “Winning here last year was awesome. It’s a new season now and this is my first race of the year, I’m very motivated. We’re here with a very strong team, Magnus (Cort Nielsen) and Davide (Ballerini) can try to win stages and I’ll fight for the general classification. The Green Mountain stage will be decisive for the overall victory. Six kilometres, 11%… It’s really hard.”
Sprinters aim for success
Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept-B&B Hotels) won the first stage last year and he hopes to “do as well this year. I feel more liberated this year because I’ve already won (1 stage of the Étoile de Bessèges).” Among French sprinters, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) wants to “get into rhythm as the days go by. It’s my seventh participation on a race I really like. We get some good racing under the Sun and I want to come back to Europe with strong legs and good results.” André Greipel has similar ambitions with his new team Arkéa-Samsic: “It won’t be easy because there are not many stage for sprinters but I want to come out of here with a stage win.”
How to follow the race
Images of the Tour of Oman will be broadcasted on TV across five continents and available everywhere through social media. A 26’ daily highlights video will be available in 185 countries, after a new agreement was found with Australian broadcaster SBS. Fans can also turn to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They will receive live updates from the race and enjoy the best videos and pictures from the race to fully live the experience of a unique event.
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Tour of Oman 2019

Greg van Avermaet: « Green Mountain is a test of how deep you can go »

With eight participations out of a possible nine in the Tour de Oman, and a stage win and two day spell in the lead last year, Greg van Avermaet is one of the Tour of Oman’s most frequent participants. And this time round, after a blistering sprint victory already in the Volta a la Comunitat Valencia, the CCC Team leader is clearly ready to hit the ground running once again in the Tour of Oman.
Greg van Avermaet, you have been in every Tour of Oman bar one, in 2012, since it began in 2010. From a racer’s point of view, why is this event so appealing for you?
„It’s a good preparation, a relaxing event, good weather with some nice stages, I think it’s good for a rider like me – except for the Green Mountain finish! It’s a nice way to build up for the season, I like the way many of the stages are prepared for punchy riders. Plus after each stage you can ride to the hotel and get in a few more kilometres.
So I can get extra train as well as race, there are at least three stages, sometimes four, which have the kind of terrain that suits me. So I get some results. Sometimes stage races only offer me one day at most where I can do something, but that’s not the case in Oman. I have more chances. And that’s why I keep on going back.
Green Mountain is a very tough mountain for you. How much can you use it to see how good your form will be on terrain that is more suited to you, like in the Classics in Belgium?
A lot of Classics riders use it like that. In my case, on a couple of editions I was working for a GC rider there, so I’d get him to the bottom of the climb, then I’d go hard up it for one or two kilometres anyway, and then take a couple of minutes to recover. Then I’d pick up the pace, just to do a kind of test inside the rest, to see how good you are and how deep you can go.
So Green Mountain operates as a testing ground after you’ve made the big efforts in the rolling stages?
For me this is the perfect place to do it, of course the weather is always super nice and they’ve created a bit more space too on the calendar between the Tour of Oman and my big first Classics goal, Het Nieuwsblad, so that gives me some more time to adapt to the cold weather when I go back in Belgium.
You’ve already had one great result this year, a stage win in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in Spain. Does that lower the pressure for you to get a good result in the Tour of Oman or will you still be fighting as hard as ever?
For sure as a rider you try to win everywhere. But with a new team like CCC it’s even more important to try and get the wins so you can build up the team’s self-confidence. And the stage win I got in Valencia was against a strong field and on a very difficult day’s racing. So these kinds of results are very important to get early in the season. But let’s hope we try to get a stage win in every stage race, make a habit of it, and that’s the most important thing for me, to have certain days in races like this where I can be good.
So that is the goal in Oman, to get another stage victory like you did last year?
Yes, that would be ideal, to win a stage or at least to get a top three position in a few different days.
But in any case you must be very pleased with how the team is coming together this season, with wins in Spain, Australia and New Zealand, and next, hopefully in Oman!
Yes, for sure. It’s always hard, we have a completely new rider line-up so we have to see how it goes, but for now we are where we wanted to be and expected to be. It was a great moment, to see a guy like Patrick [Bevin] taking that World Tour win in Australia [in the Santos Tour Down Under] for us and hopefully that kind of success will give us all motivation on the team to keep on winning in the races to come.

Tour of Oman 2019: Number 10!

Key points :
 The Sultanate of Oman will be welcoming the elite of world cycling for the 10th edition of the Tour of Oman, a favourite race for the perennial spring classics specialists. Among them, sprinters such as Nasser Bouhanni, André Greipel and Bryan Coquard will try to distinguish themselves, but also to do battle on more demanding finishes with Alexander Kristoff and Greg van Avermaet.
 Traditionally, the climb up Jabal Al Akhdhar (the “Green Mountain”) proves to be decisive in the fight for the title. It should be an ideal playing ground for climbers like Domenico Pozzovivo or Mathias Frank.

There is an ambiance of a return to business in Oman, despite the summer temperatures that will welcome the riders between 16th and 21st February. At this stage of the season, nobody has yet attached their first race numbers nor worn their new jersey in a competitive context for those who have changed team. Be that as it may, the reflexes are still a bit rusty but the winter preparation is well and truly over. It is time to get to the heart of the matter, namely direct confrontation between rivals who will be battling to be the best throughout the year. On the Tour of Oman, the struggle will see all types of riders involved, whether they are more inclined to shining on the spring classics, specialists of stage wins on grand tours or pretenders for general classification triumphs on week-long races, or longer.
The Tour of Oman, appreciated for its alternation between flat and hilly finishes, will put the cream of the sprinting clan in the spotlight from the first stage on the Suhar Corniche and without a doubt at the end of the race on the Matrah Corniche. These seaside finishes should give rise to tough clashes between Nacer Bouhanni, André Greipel, Bryan Coquard and Sonny Colbrelli. However, the riders will have to display a different type of power on the undulating routes leading to Al Bustan (stage 2) and Qurayyat (stage 3). Alexander Kristoff, who boasts the most stage wins in Oman with 8 victories in 9 participations, will be one of the men to watch, as will Greg van Avermaet, who will be looking to improve his roll of honour in preparation for his campaign in Flanders. Nonetheless, the two favourites could be left in the wake of Gasparotto, Magnus Cort-Nielsen or, should the race take a slightly different turn, Niki Terpstra, Oliver Naesen or Nathan Haas. As is often the case, the “Green Mountain” is likely to be crucial in the battle for the title, the day before the race comes to its conclusion. The 5.7-km climb will be the steepest of the week (with an average gradient of 10.5%) and could be used as a springboard to triumph by a climber such as Domenico Pozzovivo, Mathias Frank or Jesus Herrada. However, the winning ticket might also go to the title holder Alexey Lutsenko if, like in last year’s success, he contents himself with keeping with the pace on this climber’s test.
18 teams: the main participants
Bahrain-Merida: Pozzovivo, Colbrelli (Ita)
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team: De Clercq (Bel), Minaard (Nld)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Capiot, Van Hecke (Bel)
Wallonie Bruxelles: B. Planckaert, Dehaes (Bel)
AG2R La Mondiale: Frank, Dillier (Che), Naesen (Bel)
Cofidis, Solutions crédits: Bouhanni (Fra), Jes. Herrada (Esp)
Direct Energie: Petit (Fra), Terpstra (Nld)
Team Arkea-Samsic: B. Feillu (Fra), Greipel (Deu)
Vital Concept-B&B Hotels: Coquard, Reza (Fra)
Delko Marseille Provence: Moreno (Esp), Jones (Aus)
Astana Pro Team: Lutsenko (Kaz), Cort-Nielsen (Dnk)
Roompot-Charles: Lammertink, Van Poppel (Nld)
CCCTeam: Van Avermaet, Van Keirsbulck (Bel)
South Africa
Team Dimension Data: Gasparotto (Ita), Slagter (Nld)
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias: Bizkarra, Aristi (Spa)
Team Katusha Alpecin: Haas (Aus), Boswell (Usa)
United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: Kristoff (Nor), Costa (Prt), Laengen (Nor)
Rally UHC Cycling: Huffman, McNulty (Usa)

Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) wins Tour of Oman stage 2 to take overall lead

1st win for Team Katusha-Alpecin in 2018!

Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s Nathan Haas (28) took the victory at the end of a demanding stage two of the 2018 Tour of Oman. The Australian rider outsprinted a select group of riders at the finish in Al Bustan in front of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) who finished second and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in third. Thanks to the time bonuses, Haas now moves into the overall lead ahead of Van Avermaet (4 seconds) and Lutsenko (6 seconds).
On the last climb of Al Jissah, the final survivor of an early break of four riders was caught. The climbs had whittled down the peloton to 16 riders and Haas sprinted into the overall lead.
Today my team KATUSHA ALPECIN was just amazing. It was the first time in a long time that I just had to sit and not to think. They guided me to where I got to do my thing, said Nathan Haas. Last year I was already fifth in this stage when we finished at the top. Today there was a different kind of speed. I decided to lock onto the wheels and just forget about the next part, which was the sprint. So there were two finish lines: the top and then down the hill. I did some research to watch the race. I’ve realized I’m not one of the phenomenons of cycling, so I have to be a little bit smarter or to be just more prepared. I knew I actually had to come a little bit from the back in the sprint. I’ve put a little bit of Fabian Cancellara’s earlier work (2015) into what I did today.
The 2018 Tour of Oman continues on Thursday with stage three, from German University of Technology to Wadi Dayqah Dam covering 179.5 kilometres – the longest 2018 stage. On Friday the race finishes on Green Mountain. The race concludes on Sunday.
I think I am climbing a bit better than I was last year. I am a little bit lighter and my Canyon bike is awesome. I’m gonna fight till the end, whether or not I can hold the red jersey or maybe even get on the podium. This is cycling. You can do pretty special things when you are in front, concluded Nathan Haas.

Text: Katusha-Alpecin
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer DFJ e.V. Photojournalist
@plomiphotos (Instagram)

Tour of Oman, 4. Etappe: Rafael Valls vor Tejay Van Garderen

BMC Racing Team Fahrer Tejay van Garderen kletterte am Freitag bei der Tour of Oman auf den zweiten Gesamtrang und wurde auch bei der Ankunft in Green Mountain hinter Rafael Valls (Lampre-Merida) Zweiter.

Als van Garderen auf den letzten zwei Kilometern attackierte, konnte lediglich Valls mitgehen. Valls konnte zulegen und sich mit 300 Metern einen 10-sekündigen Zeitbonus sichern. Van Garderen bekam sechs Sekunden und liegt vor den letzten zwei Tagen neun Sekunden hinter dem Gesamtführenden.

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Tour of Oman – 4. Etappe – Dries Devenyns: „Ich habe alles gegeben, was ich konnte“

Die Königsetappe der Tour of Oman endete mit einer Überraschung. Nach einer 5.7 km langen und 10,5% steilen Schlusssteigung war es Rafael Valls (Lampre-Merida), der im Ziel seine Arme als Sieger in den Himmel strecken konnte. Weder Alessandro Nibali noch Tejay Van Garderen oder Rafael Majka waren in der Lage, den 27-jährigen Spanier am grössten Sieg seiner Karriere zu hindern. Der Etappensieg brachte ihm zudem das rote Trikot des Führenden ein.

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