Tour of Oman Stage 3 Ends In A Sprinters Dual

Tour of Oman

Tour of Oman

AL BUSTAN, Oman, Feb 20, 2014 (AFP) – Germany’s Andre Greipel took over the
lead in the Tour of Oman after the Lotto rider claimed Thursday’s third stage,
a 145 kilometer ride from Muscat to Al Bustan.

Greipel got the better of Slovakia’s Peter Sagan and Nacer Bouhanni of
France in a sprint finish.

The winner already of Tuesday’s first stage Greipel prised the leader’s red
jersey from Australian Leigh Howard.

“Andre rode a really incredible stage,” the stage winner’s teammate Jurgen
Roelandts said.

“To follow like he did the climbers in the last two sections proves his
legs are incredible,” the Belgian added.

Greipel’s fifth win of the season pushed him to an eight second lead over
Howard, with Alexander Kristoff of Norway in third, a further two seconds

“It might have looked easy but today was far from that,” the German
sprinter reflected.

Sagan, favorite to take the stage, lost out by the length of two bikes on
the line.

“This second place shows that I’m in form too,” said Sagan.

As has been the case on the first two days Thursday’s action featured a
long breakaway but the three-man posse were duly swept up by the peloton which
included last year’s winner, Britain’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

Friday’s fourth stage takes the riders on a 173km route from Wadi Al Abiyad
to Muscat.

Results of the Tour of Oman third
stage, a 145 kilometre ride from Muscat to Al Bustan on Thursday:

1. Andre Greipel (GER/Lotto) 3hr 29min 08sec, 2. Peter Sagan (SVQ) s.t., 3.
Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) s.t., 4. Ben Swift (GBR) s.t., 5. Marco Canola (ITA)
s.t., 6. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) s.t., 7. Frnacesco Gavazzi (ITA) s.t., 8. Zakkari
Dempster (AUS) s.t., 9. Matteo Trentin (ITA) s.t., 10. Enrico Battaglin (ITA)

Overall standings
1. Andre Greipel (GER/Lotto) 10hr 44min 20sec, 2. Leigh Howard (AUS) at 8s,
3. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) 10, 4. Peter Sagan (SVQ) 14, 5. Nacer Bouhanni
(FRA) 16, 6. Tom Boonen (BEL) 16, 7. Tony Gallopin (FRA) 19, 8. Alessandro
Bazzana (ITA) 19, 9. Ben Swift (GBR) 20, 10. Daniele Bennati (ITA) 20.