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by Mark Zalewski
February 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Campenaerts wins TT, Valverde takes over lead at Ruta del Sol; Castroviejo wins Volta ao Algarve TT, Roglic retains lead; Kristoff wins again at Tour of Oman; Jonathan Tiernan-Locke retires; Swiss CX champion Julien Taramarcaz retires; New Energy Tour unveils route; British Cycling to brief riders on upcoming independent review report; Driver allegedly deliberately clips British domestic team on training ride; Rider to tackle all 21 Giro stages on fat bike for charity; Tour of Oman, stage 3 highlights; Video: Alexis Ryan on the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour; Team Novo Nordisk: 2017 Season Kickoff.
Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) took a second stage win at the Tour of Oman despite the parcours not being a flat sprinter’s dream, with rolling hills all day. He won ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).
“We knew it could be a sprint with a selected group,” said Kristoff. “The last years I was dropped but we were determined to go deep. We wanted to go all the way to finish. It was not easy at all as I was dropped again on that last climb but the teammates did an amazing job. First of all, they stayed with me all day, but later they managed to pull it back for me.
“It was fantastic what Rein Taaramäe, Marco Haller and Reto Hollenstein did till the end. Without them I would never have been able to win. We managed to come back and then it was just to me to finish the job in the sprint. It is cool to win like this. This was a real team effort. It cannot get better.”
“The guys were so loyal. They believed in it until the end. It took a long time to come back but with 1 kilometer to go, they succeeded and brought our sprinter back to the front. I can only be happy with the team’s attitude, physically as well as mentally”, added team director Torsten Schmidt.
BMC’s Ben Hermans remains in the overall lead. “It was a really, really, hard day,” he said. “There was a breakaway of nine riders which is a lot. Stefan Küng was there but he was just there for the stage win if the group stayed away. The plan was for me to defend the jersey and for the stage victory with Greg Van Avermaet. In the end it worked out well. Tomorrow if a big day and I’m feeling good.”