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February 17/15 12:44 pm - Tour of Oman: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 02/17/15

As expected, stage 1 of the Tour of Oman ended in a spectacular bunched sprint. Prior to the finish four riders did try their luck as they broke away in the first kilometre. But there wasn’t much they could do on the day’s flat stage against a hungry peloton. On the final straight in Al Wutayyah, Andrea Guardini powered to his first stage win of the season. The Italian managed to beat Tom Boonen and Matteo Pelucchi to the line, capturing the overall leader’s Red Jersey.

Beautiful weather conditions including very hot temperatures welcomed the riders of the 2015 Tour of Oman for the first stage of the event, starting just by the splendid Bayt Al Naman Castle. All eyes were on the reigning Tour de France winner, Vincenzo Nibali, eager to battle it out with some of the best riders in the world. While Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) was forced to withdraw from the race, 143 men took off at 11:38 for a 161-km ride heading towards Muscat.

As soon as the first kilometres of racing, four men broke away: Van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka), Van Meirhaeghe (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Konrad (Bora-Argon 18) and Andreetta (Bardiani CSF). Their lead rapidly grew and went from 2m at km 7 to a maximum 5:15 at km 17. That was when team Katusha decided to take command of the pack and started chasing. The gap dropped down to 3:15 at the first intermediate sprint (km 47.5) won by Konrad ahead of Van Meirhaeghe and Andreetta.

As the pack moved closer, Van Zyl decided to take off on his own while in the feeding zone (km 76). The South African reached the second bonus sprint (km 87) with a 1m lead over his former breakaway companions and 4:10 over the pack. Van Meirhaeghe, Konrad and Andreetta were later caught at km 93, while Van Zyl continued his solo effort. The courageous escapee was finally gobbled up by the peloton at km 126.

On the long road heading towards Muscat, the pack remained bunched and did so until the final straight set in Al Wutayyah. In impressive fashion, Andrea Guardini (Astana) powered to the line claiming his first ever success in Oman. Already a winner of a stage on the Giro d’Italia in 2012, the Italian sprinter beat Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step ) and Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling ). Thanks to his victory, he conquers the overall leader’s Red Jersey and the points classification Green Jersey. Patrick Konrad claims the White Jersey for the best young rider as well as the Red and Green polka dot Jersey having earned the most points at the intermediate sprints.

ASO press release

Canada's only entry, Dominique Rollin (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) finished 133rd, 1 min down on the winner



Stage 1: Bayt Al Naman Castle to Al Wutayyah, 161km
1 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 3:45:38
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
3 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
4 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
6 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
7 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
8 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
9 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
10 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
11 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
12 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team
13 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
14 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
15 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
16 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
17 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka
18 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
19 Adam Blythe (Gbr) Orica GreenEdge
20 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
21 Wouter Poels (Bel) Team Sky
22 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team
23 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
24 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
25 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
26 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
27 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
28 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
29 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
30 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
31 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
32 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
33 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling
34 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Team Katusha
35 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
36 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
37 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
38 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
39 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
40 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team
41 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
42 Barguil Warren (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
43 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing
44 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
45 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing
46 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
47 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
48 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
49 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lampre - Merida
50 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
51 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team
52 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
53 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
54 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
55 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
56 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Crc) Movistar Team
57 Christiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18
58 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ
59 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
60 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
61 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
62 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling
63 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
64 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
65 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
66 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky
67 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida
68 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
69 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
70 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Esp) Movistar Team
71 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
72 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team
73 Mathias Frank (Sui) IAM Cycling
74 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
75 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
76 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
77 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
78 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18
79 Enrico Bardin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
80 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF
81 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida
82 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF
83 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
84 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
85 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
86 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
87 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ
88 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ
89 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
90 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN-Qhubeka
91 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge
92 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step
93 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha
94 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
95 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
96 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling
97 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
98 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
99 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky
100 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
101 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18
102 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
103 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) IAM Cycling
104 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge
105 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida
106 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
107 Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
108 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
109 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
110 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
111 Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
112 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
113 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
114 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN-Qhubeka
115 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
116 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
117 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha
118 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha
119 Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
120 Eduard Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo
121 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling
122 Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
123 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
124 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
125 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida all s.t.
126 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 0:17
127 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
128 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:20
129 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:23
130 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:26
131 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ 0:40
132 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 0:55
133 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:00
134 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ 1:10
135 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 1:21
136 Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:27
137 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 1:39
138 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:14
139 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 2:18
140 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
141 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:40
142 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 2:50
143 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:18
DNS Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team


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