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The head is off: Van Avermaet wins third stage in Tour of Oman

d761b635b019c60dd12a72eca6a0121c - The head is off: Van Avermaet wins third stage in Tour of Oman

A thick week for Omloop het Nieuwsblad Greg Van Avermaet his first victory of the 2018 season. The olympic champion won Thursday’s third stage in the Tour of Oman, after he the day before another second had become. Van Avermaet, triumphant on top of the Wadi Dayqah Dam. There, he continued to ex-world champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and the strong Kazach Alexey Lutsenko (Astana). Our countryman is also the new leader. Dries Devenyns was the eighth.

“To do this enormous amount of virtue”, chugged Van Avermaet immediately after the finish with our man on the spot. “The Astana team pulled on the last climb coming through. I could follow and was full of vertrouwejn to the last kilometer. That was 700 meters uphill, followed by 300 meter area. My ploegmakker Bettiol took the first part of the climb for the account of and at 600 meters from the finish I am full engaged. I have not looked back since and am apparently solo on the meet come. This does a lot of virtue and is a revenge for the stage yesterday where I was after I found a small mistake made. I wear now the leader’s jersey, but it will be difficult to maintain. Saturday there is a massive mountain stage with arrival on Green Mountain. I’m happy with my acceleration uphill, and this gives a lot of confidence for the opening weekend.”

That stage

1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
2. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) +3″
3. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)
4. Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain Merida)
5. Nathan Haas (Team Katusha-Alpecin) +7″
6. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team)
7. Christian Eiking Odd (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) +9″
8. Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors)
9. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)
10. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis)
 

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