Three arrows for the Team Bahrain Merida’s bow
Vincenzo, Giovanni and Gorka. Three arrows for the Team Bahrain Merida’s bow at the Tour of Oman, starting next Tuesday. This ninth edition presents an even more challenging route compare with last years. Six stages for a total of 914 km with two finish for sprinters, three with an open final and suitable for strikers and the “Queen stage” with the arrival at Green Mountain: 5.7 km climb with an average gradient of 10.5%.
Our team is really competitive as explained by sport director Gorazd Štangelj “Vincenzo is the captain, but together with him Giovanni and Gorka will be able to look for the stage victory and also aim for the general classification. The path is selective and the ascent of Green Mountain is very hard and probably will decide the race”.
Vincenzo Nibali smiles: “The Dubai Tour helped me to improve my shape and now I would like to do well too here in Oman, where I won the general classification two years ago. The route is even harder and will help me to test my real condition before the Italian races “.
For Gorka Izagirre it’s a new experience: “It is the first time I will be at the start of Tour of Oman but everyone has told me that the route is difficult. I think I have a good condition and I would like to win at least one stage “.
Also for Giovanni Visconti the Tour is an important race: “In Spain I had good feelings and I’m here to continue my journey of growth. I saw a couple of arrivals that fit my characteristics and I’ll definitely try. “
Team Bahrain Merida’s lineup for Tour of Oman: Vincenzo Nibali, Antonio Nibali, Manuele Boaro, Luka Pibernik, Giovanni Visconti, Gorka Izagirre and Borut Bozic