Tour of Oman: Queen Stage at the Start!

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People say it`s hot today on the road of Tour of Oman. Yesterday it was hot too at the finish judging by that pic of Marc Cavendish inside a fridge... But today stage is hot not just because of the temperature: it is the Queen Stage, feared and desired, with a finish atop Jebel Akhdar  "the infamous Green Mountain"  (RSNT tweet).
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A stage for Vincenzo Nibali many say and he confirmed to be interested in a good result here: "Last year I had few selected goals but got few" he told Gazzetta "This year I want to try every chances." He is low in GC so the peloton could let him go. Andy Schleck is also low in GC, more then 1 minute down. RSNT is on the way to win the team classification and an exploit by the team star would be cool... The GC men are Gallopin and Fuglsang: today stage doesn`t suit the first one and for the second one it could be hard to excape. A victory by Fugslang or also a good place on the podium could mean the final victory in the Tour of Oman: interesting, isn`t it? 
At the moment there is a  break: Eisel, Henderson, Kohler, Gatto and Clarke. "The road has been rising constantly for about 20 km. With 61k covered the 6 leaders now have 2 mins" McCrossan tweeted now. It seems the peloton doesn`t want to let them a too big advantage. Many are looking forward to the last km and a prestigious victory. Lets follow the race! 

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