Tour of Oman preview
Last year Vincenzo Nibali won Tour of Oman after winning the mountain stage. This year the mountain top finish at Jabal Al Akhdhar will be at penultimate stage, and will likely, once again, decide the winner.
After winning the Dubai Tour, team Quick Step Floors is sending a strong team led by Tom Boonen and Bob Jungels, aiming to continue the winning streak. Astana’s Fabio Aru will also be contender for the overall win.
This year our team didn’t send Nibali to the Tour of Oman, but we are sending an experienced team (Bole, Bozic, Feng, Wang, Agnoli, Visconti and Grmay) that will try to guide young Sonny Colbrelli to a stage win. Apart for mountain finish at stage 5, other stages are looking like sprinters stages, but stages where our Sonny will have a lot of chances. He likes a difficult stage with sprint finish, a stage that is not completely flat, and he’ll have few of those in Oman. This race will be a great preparation for our team ahead of the classics.
Temperature at mid 20s will be ideal for races, but we can always expect some wind to break the peloton apart and make the race interesting.