In Al Sawadi Beach is Saturday, the tenth edition of the Tour of Oman (2.BC) in order drawn. Defending champion Alexey Lutsenko is again of the party for Astana and vying for a second gold. From the Belgian side, the look to the performance of Greg Van Avermaet, who last year rit won, and Oliver Naesen. Both riders are preparing themselves in Oman for the classics.
“This race is our first race of the year,” said Franck Perque of ASO. “It is a special edition, our tenth year and we are pleased that we are once again here is a nice price able to organize in an attractive and cycling, through beautiful landscapes.”
The field has suffered from the competition with the Tour of Colombia, the Tour of Provence and a few stage races in Spain and Portugal next week to start. There is also the UAE Tour on February 25 starts and a string of big names of the party are. There are thus, of the eighteen participating teams, only seven WorldTourteams of the party: CCC Team, Team Dimension Data, the Astana team, UAE Team Emirates, AG2R, Katusha and Bahrain-Merida, while last year only nine were. Topper as Tom Dumoulin (2016 present), Chris Froome (winner in 2013 and 2014), Vincenzo Nibali (winner in 2016) and Romain Bardet, third in 2016, are not present. Also in the classic riders is the list of participants is quite limited, except Niki Terpstra, Alexander Kristoff, Oliver Naesen and Greg Van Avermaet.
“Run for the punchers”
Last year won the olympic champion in the third stage, with arrival at the Wadi Dayqah Dam. Even now, he finds in Oman three trips with an arrival that him must lie. “The second, third, and fourth stage is run for the punchers”, sounds at Perque. “Opportunities for Sonny Colbrelli, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Sonny Colbrelli, Oliver Naesen and Rui Costa.” Furthermore, the sprinters to put in the opening stage and the final stage. “Nacer Bouhanni, and André Greipel, Bryan Coquard, Alexander Kristoff battle, perhaps, than to the dagzege.”
The queen’s stage is set on day five, the stage to Green Mountain, where the overall classification will surely be settled. Last year was Miguel Angel Lopez, is now at work in the Tour of Colombia, at the feast, and finished team mate Lutsenko in the same time and he assured then of the leader’s jersey. Now he will have to deal with Jesus Herrada, last years fourth to a half a minute, Mathias Frank, Domencio Pozzovivo, Brandon McNulty.
From the Belgian side, it is so look forward to Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen. Furthermore, with Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Wanty-Groupe Gobert where Bart De Clercq his first race of the year driving after a year without competition and with artificial hip, and Wallonie-Bruxelles three Belgian teams of the party. Both Deceuninck-Quick.Step as Lotto Soudal are not in Oman. With Roompot-Charles is a half-Belgian team at the start.