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by Matt de Neef

February 19, 2016

Alexander Kristoff wins stage 3 of the Tour of Oman, Boasson Hagen retains the overall lead; Luis Leon Sanchez takes Volta ao Algarve lead with stage 2 win; Nacer Bouhanni into Ruta del Sol lead with stage 2 victory; Giant-Alpecin cancels Omloop Het Nieuwsblad participation; Why Taylor Phinney’s ongoing recovery from injury could make him a better rider than before; Richie Porte’s journey towards the Tour de France; Nettie Edmondson hospitalised after collision with car in training ride; The story of SRAM Red eTap; Shots fired by Simon Geschke; Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 promo video; Urban downhill MTBing is insane.

Alexander Kristoff wins stage 3 of the Tour of Oman, Boasson Hagen retains the overall lead

by Matt de Neef

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) has notched up what is his fourth victory for the year already, winning the stage 3 bunch sprint at the Tour of Oman.

Kristoff easily accounted for Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Roy Jans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) at the end of the 176.5km stage from Al Sawadi Beach to Naseem Park.

“I am happy with this victory. From the one side we lost one important guy before the finish, from the other hand, we showed we could be very flexible in the final mix, and this is really great,” Kristoff said. “It was a bit raining today, but I was OK with this weather. The only thing I was scared about was the slippery road in the final, but fortunately the road was dry.”

A five-rider breakaway got clear early in the stage but with Katusha and Dimension Data controlling proceedings, the race was all back together with 10km remaining. Edvald Boasson Hagen finished 10th on the stage, maintaining his overall lead.

Today’s stage 4 of the six-stage race features an uphill finish to Green Mountain; a steep 7.5km ascent that should decide the general classification.

Stage 3: Al Sawadi Beach > Naseem Park - Stage Result

Thursday 18th February 2016

1. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha
04:03:22
2. nl
HOFLAND Moreno
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
3. be
JANS Roy
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
-

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows German national champion Emanuel Buchmann posing with some local children at the Tour of Oman.

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