After today’s sprint, tomorrow first climbs
Muscat, February 13th, 2018 – The first stage had to end with a sprint and it was so. The young Frenchman Bryan Coquard beat everyone and he’s is also the first race leader of the Tour of Oman 2018. The 162-kilometer stage was experienced on a long four riders breakaway which was taken back by the peloton with only 10 km to go.
The Team Bahrain Merida’s best rider was the Slovenian Borut Bozic who closed just behind the Top Ten. “I had to help Borut – tells his teammate Luka Pibernik – and get him in a good position for the sprint. We have worked together since there were 3 kilometers to the finish line and until the final corner, then they braked in front and we got lost. We are here to help Vincenzo and at the end today was a peaceful day “.
Borut explains the last kilometer: “Immediately after the curve the group has almost stopped and this created a certain confusion also why no team took the situation in hand. After was like all against all and I ended up losing the head positions”.
Sports director Gorazd Štangelj comments the first stage: “The important thing was to get to the end of the day without any particular problems and we succeeded. It was a sprinters stage but tomorrow the music will be different “.
Tomorrow, in fact, the second stage is scheduled with the ascent of Al Jissah just 5 kilometers from the finish line. “It’s a climb divided in two parts and each one is long almost one km – the Slovenian technician analyzes – ideal for those who want to attack. After reaching the top, the route goes down to the finish line; it’s a finale for riders like for example our Giovanni Visconti”.
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