Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 22, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour of Oman, Alexander Kristoff takes the final stage; Alejandro Valverde wins his fourth Ruta del Sol title; Geraint Thomas wins his second consecutive Volta ao Algarve, Contador claims the final stage; Arthur Vichot wins the Tour du Haut Var; Lotto Soudal riders hit by a car while training near Calpe; Brendan Canty impresses at the Tour of Oman; Cycling commentator David Duffield has passed away; Making it to Europe is as tough as ever – an interview with Ellen Skerritt; Russian anti-doping boss had been planning a tell-all book before his death; Bjarne Riis to launch Bahrain-backed pro cycling team?; Lost in translation – Kristoffer Skjerping’s Twitter mishap; Backstage Pass – Orica-GreenEdge’s South African training camp; Walking bike; Evie Stevens on track for women’s UCI Hour Record.

Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour of Oman, Alexander Kristoff takes the final stage

by Matt de Neef

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) has won the 2016 Tour of Oman after climbing his way into the overall lead on the race’s queen stage over the weekend.

Nibali took out stage 4 after besting Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) and teammate Jakob Fuglsang on the steep climb up Green Mountain, the result putting those three atop the general classification.

In the race’s penultimate stage, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) took his second victory for the week, winning a reduced bunch sprint against Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Marco Canola (UnitedHealthcare). Nibali finished comfortably in the lead group to maintain his overall lead.

And on the race’s final stage, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) rocketed to his fifth victory of the season, accounting for Giant-Alpecin pair Zico Waeytens and Søren Kragh Andersen in the bunch sprint. Nibali again finished in the bunch, ensuring he would win the 2.HC race overall.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 21st February 2016

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NIBALI Vincenzo
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AG2R La Mondiale
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Astana Pro Team
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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows Vincenzo Nibali and Romain Bardet battling it out on Green Mountain on stage 4 of the Tour of Oman.