Great team effort in Oman
Tour of Oman, February 16th, Stage 3
The morning meeting proofed crucial for good team communication and everyone responded with great team work on today’s stage that started from Sultan Qaboos University and finished 162km farther at Quriyat with 2.8km climb at 6.5%. The race started with a 6 rider break including our Chun Kai Feng. The break held steady lead of 3-4 minutes over the peloton, and as it usually happens, they got caught 16km to the finish. Our team worked hard to position ourselves in top part of the peloton at the end of highway before entering narrow roads. They perfectly delivered Tsgabu Grmay and Giovanni Visconti half way into the final climb. Then Visconti attacked, but everyone responded, and at the end Grmay was our best finisher. He came few seconds behind the winner but in the time of the big group to hold the GC position.
Tsgabu Grmay finished 11 today and said: “It was a fast race, specially last 40km, too much stress. Giovanni and me had enough help from the team, they kept us in front of the peloton, and we were starting the climb in great position.”
Giovanni Visconti: “Today was little bit better then yesterday, I tried to attack 1km to go and help Tsgabu. There was some pushing 400m to go that didn’t help me, but Tsgabu was able to finish in the top group.
Our sports director Philippe Mauduit said: “Our moral was back on what we planned, riding and working as a team. So that was fine and the final results shows it. Giovanni Visconti tried to attack on the last 800m. He’s still not in the top shape to finish strong, but it’s a good spirit, and Tsgabu finished with top riders, so it’s fine. They all did the job they had to do, and I’m really happy about the spirit they showed us.”
Soren Kragh Andersen (team Sunweb) claimed victory at stage 3, followed by Rui Costa and Ben Herman, who retains his GC lead. Tsgabu Grmay is holding same 13th place on the GC list as yesterday. It will be a hard battle to get into top ten, but the crucial stage for GC positioning will be a top finish at Green Mountain in stage 5.