Sonny strikes again, 20 cm away from the win
Tour of Oman, February 17th, Stage 4
Today short and punchy stage goes to Alexander Kristoff, just edging our Sonny Colbrelli in the bunch spring.
Today’s stage started south east of Muscat from Al Sifah and riders had to tackle narrow winding road for first 25km before reaching highway, Everyone wanted to establish position from the start so they went out really fast. Break of 9 people was formed after 15km without our riders , and they only had 1:45 maximum lead. Riders had to cross five ranked climbs including three times the dreadful climb of Bousher Al Amerat. That’s where peloton started to break up. All main GC contenders stayed in first group and they all came together to the finish line at Ministry of Tourism building.
Our riders were riding like a team, just like every day so far in Oman, they were in first third of peloton at all times, and they perfectly positioned Sonny for the final sprint. Sonny was visibly disappointed with only second place, but sports directors were happy with todays race. Tristan Hoffman our second Sports Director at this race: This morning it was our goal to get Sonny in a good position, and we knew it will be a lot of attacks, but 30 guys managed to get together, and Sonny was part of them. Kristoff beat him. It all came to 20cm, and we hope that the next day he can be 25cm faster.”
Grega Bole was really happy with team work, while Agnoli said it was hard day, and confirms that all the guys were working for Colbrelli. He is disappointed for those 20cm, but said: “It’s a new team, new guys, but strong, don’t worry.”
Tsgabu Grmay finished 29th in the time of the winner, and kept his 13th place in general classification. Visconti moved one place up and is now 21st.