Visconti 2nd close to victory
Muscat, February 16th, 2018 – “When Magnus Cort Nielsen started with 200 meters to go – says Giovanni Visconti, 2nd in today’s stage – we all understood that it was his day. However, I’m happy because I beat high-level opponents after a difficult race, conditioned by the heat “.
“At the penultimate corner – the Italian rider explains more – I got behind the Astana riders but when the Danish attacked he took instantly too much advantage. It was the strongest. I repeat, I’m satisfied with my start of the season and I just have to continue like this “.
Good race for Gorka Izagirre who won the last sprint bonus on the top of Jabal Street recovered 3 seconds and is now fourth with 16” gap from race leader Greg Van Avermaet. Vincenzo Nibali, protagonist of an attack in the final, is always eleventh with 33” from the leadership.
The sports director Gorazd Štangelj analyzes the stage: “We collaborated with Luka Pibernik to resume the breakaway and then we tried to attack in the final. Tomorrow it’s time for the “Queen stage” and we start with Gorka who has an advantage of 8” on the rival number one the Colombian Lopez. Vincenzo is a bit behind, but he knows the climb well and can recover several positions “.
The Tour of Oman 2018 will be decided by climbing the Green Mountain. The sixth stage (152 km) does not present particular difficulties for almost all of its route. At 10 km from the finish line, the first final ascent begins with a slight slope (3%) and then passes in the last 5 km to an 10% average with peaks at 12%.
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