Tour of Oman Sum Up

I liked it. It has been a great race. Here you have just some ideas not a complete and accurate analysis: I'm not able to do it. 
And of course I tell my opinion: I can be wrong. Maybe I'm too generous with somebody and too strict with others. 
For sure that race gave us the opportunity to compare the actual shape of the most of the main caracters of the cycling show.  I'm more interested in Tour de France contenders so more focused on them. Few excluded (Contador, Mollema and Betancur. Quintana is going to race in the Giro) they were all here! And few excluded... they are already in a very interesting form. It's going to be an exciting season.
I say nothing about teams: the Best Team Classification says it all (or not?).

Very good
Froome: the winner, in a splendid shape, already at the top and even saying he has a lot of work to do. The only doubt is: can he keep this shape till July? but previous years show he can. It's going to be hard to beat him in the Tour.
van Garderen: he's very good and his team looks also quite better than before.
Uran: that's a rider I belove, powerful and unconventional. He has often made the race and his team is probably the strongest in the peloton. Much more to come: stay tuned!
Rodriguez: in my opinion this one is Froome's main contender. I'm not sure if he's going to do Giro or Tour but Purito wants a big tour and so far he just missed a bit of good luck. I could be wrong but I think 2014 is Purito's year. Lets bet?
Pozzovivo: he's not on the same level and must be judged by his standard. This one is a classy climber but hardly a gc contender, in add he lost a few trains in his career. All considered, his Tour of Oman has been very good and I hope he's going to show something also in the next races.
Jeannesson: his final gc has been affected by a mistake of his team but he raced very well and is in a very good shape. I don't think he can win the Tour but he can aim a top ten result.
Bardet: that's one of my favourite riders. Best youth in Oman, meritately. I don't put limit to this one because I think he doesn't know yet how far he can go.
Konig: he says he targets the Tour. In this race he demonstrated he can aim to do well. And his team has got a ticket to ride! Big chance.
Frank Schleck: I'm impressed but not surprised. Unlike Andy, Frank cares about his results in every races. He came back from his bann super motivated. In Tour Down Under he wasn't yet in form but  now he's ready to fight for a good placement in Paris-Nice. 
Elissonde: A YesWeLike-Guy who did very well, 2nd in the Best Youth classification, 21 in GC (and consider he worked for  his team mate Jeannesson. Bravo!  
Gesink and Van Den Broeck: about both of them I can say: he's back, he's there and I'm sure he will be there also in May (Giro) or July (Tour). But already in April.
Kreuziger: he and Contador animated the last Tour de France, they have been the only ones racing for the victory, no for the podium and without any compromise with Team Sky. Chapeau. Kreuziger is a great rider but - as he says - lazy. He needs motivation. In this team it seems he found it.
Nibali: he's improving race by race but he isn't yet at the level of the best Tour contenders. Maybe he's also a little distracted by his personal life - like Andy he's going to get a baby. But he's a very serious guy, hard workers and finally back with his coach Paolo Slongo, a guarantee in cycling. Can he beat Chris Froome? I think he can... but he need a strong team - unlike in the Giro that he won alone.
Impey and Santaromita:  ORICA-GreeEdge had already achieved a wonderful result at home in Tour Down Under, here it's good, not splendid but solid, looking toward the next important goals of the season.
Tschopp: a good surprise! For IAM I'd have thought of Frank...
Henao, Nieve, Moreno: strong, loyal, committed. They worked for their team leader but are much more than helpers. I especially like Nieve and I'm happy he found his place in Team Sky: it's a very good gain for Froome's squad.
So so  
Some riders had to work for their team so probably a personal result wasn't possible: I think of De Marchi and Moser (Sagan), Gallopin (Greipel and Van Den Broeck) but also Frank (van Garderen), Meyer (Impey) and Roche (Kreuziger). It's a bit different if you talk of Battaglin: Bardiani is a small team, ambicious and always on the attack but as a matter of fact not a Wourld Tour team so Locatelli 37 isn't so bad. But Battaglin on a mountain stage can do better than that.
Andy Schleck's performance has been disappointing. I have already told what I think, and he too. He's going to help his brother in Paris-Nice I guess and that's right but I want to see a good placement in the final GC. A normal placement at least: not so different than the other Tour's contenders.
Very good
Greipel: few to add to a wonderful series of victories.
Kristoff: a stage win, a 4th and a 9th place. No bad at all.
So so
Boonen: but he comes from two weeks of great racing in Dubai and Qatar. In add, he worked for the team leader Uran, successfully. 
Very good
Lövkvist: is he back? he was a young promise, lost himself a bit, now a 15th place in the final GC. That's good! Even if the best result for IAM is team mate Tschopp. 
Bazzana: that's a good surprise for me. Already in the previous races in the Arabic peninsula he showed his aggressive racing style and in Oman he has been often on the attack.
Cataldo: Froome victory's is also his victory. It's a team victory and that's a precious rider for a team. Cataldo could aim to personal results but, a bit like Boasson Hagen, going to Team Sky he somehow accepted to limit his goals. Stage victories and good results in itt are still possible. It's already a big satisfation to give a strong team such a big contribute. 
Sagan: he's not that victory machine yet. A stage victory but a low gc. He's going to do better (if not...).
Ligthart: that's a rider I like. He worked for his team but as usual he also went away in a break. He's a guy who always tries not just for a team strategy but also to play his cards and sometimes he succeed. Bravo!
So so 
Van Avermaet: he worked for van Garderen but also in Qatar - more suitable race - his personal results has been unimpressive. I read he's satisfied. His goals are coming close and probably he'll peack for the Classics.
Cancellara: he worked for Frank Schleck. That's all. Not 100% in Dubai and Qatar, still able to get a good result (5 in Dubai final GC, 4 in a stage in Qatar) he must hurry up to enter the fight for the cobbles Classics at the top.
Gilbert: disappointing so far. And honestly I can't say he worked for his team. I mean: he did - like Andy Schleck - but for sure that wasn't a decisive help - unlike Cataldo. In 2012 in Qatar he finished 22, in 2013 in Oman he was 21. In general Gilbert is a rider who must demonstrate he's still able to win as he used to do. BMC changed this year, Phinney said it works better for him, lets see if also Gilbert can achieve again those results you expect by him.

All stages  
18.02 Stage 1 | As Suwayq Castle » Naseem Garden GREIPEL André   GREIPEL André 164.5
19.02 Stage 2 | Al Bustan » Quriyat KRISTOFF Alexander   HOWARD Leigh 139
20.02 Stage 3 | Bank Muscat » Al Bustan GREIPEL André   GREIPEL André 145
21.02 Stage 4 | Wadi Al Abiyad » Ministry of Housing SAGAN Peter   SAGAN Peter 173
22.02 Stage 5 | BidBid » Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain) FROOME Christopher   FROOME Christopher 147.5
23.02 Stage 6 | As Sifah » Matrah Corniche GREIPEL André  
General Classification FROOME Christopher  

Points Classification GREIPEL André  

Youth Classification BARDET Romain  

Teams Classification TEAM SKY  

Final GC
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 22:02:26
2 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:26
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:31
4 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:48
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:57
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:01
7 Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky 0:01:19
8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:25
9 Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:32
10 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:34
11 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:01:50
12 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:51
13 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:53
14 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:58
15 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling
16 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
17 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura 0:02:15
18 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge 0:02:21
19 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:29
20 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:02:44
21 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:02:45
22 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 0:02:52
23 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura 0:03:10
24 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:03:17
25 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:03:31
26 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:34
27 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 0:03:35
28 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:50
29 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 0:03:57
30 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky 0:04:12
31 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:14
32 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:04:15
33 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol 0:04:25
34 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:04:34
35 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:05:02
36 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:05:06
37 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:05:16
38 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:05:30
39 Marc Demaar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:05:40
40 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp - Endura 0:05:52
41 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:05:55
42 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:06:06
43 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
44 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:06:27
45 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol 0:06:31
46 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:06:34
47 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 0:07:09
48 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale 0:07:13
49 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:07:14
50 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:07:53
51 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:42
52 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale 0:08:47
53 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:09:13
54 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:09:39
55 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 0:10:01
56 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:10:18
57 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:11:55
58 Lucas Euser (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:12:57
59 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:13:06
60 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:13:23
61 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge 0:14:12
62 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:14:21
63 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha 0:14:25
64 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky 0:14:28
65 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:15:04
66 Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura 0:15:14
67 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:15:21
68 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:15:22
69 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale 0:15:23
70 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 0:16:39
71 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:19:30
72 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:20:01
73 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale 0:21:45
74 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale 0:21:57
75 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:23:27
76 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 0:24:11
77 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura 0:24:58
78 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:25:10
79 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:25:14
80 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale 0:25:17
81 Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:25:23
82 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo
83 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:25:29
84 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 0:25:32
85 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 0:25:41
86 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura 0:25:47
87 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge 0:25:48
88 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:26:09
89 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 0:26:58
90 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:27:39
91 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:28:15
92 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:28:30
93 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:28:40
94 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:28:42
95 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:28:48
96 William Bonnet (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:29:05
97 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 0:29:12
98 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:29:27
99 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:29:55
100 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:30:21
101 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:30:23
102 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:30:33
103 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:30:43
104 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:30:55
105 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:30:57
106 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Fdj.fr 0:30:58
107 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp - Endura 0:31:11
108 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:31:34
109 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:31:55
110 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:32:08
111 Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:33:11
112 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:33:18
113 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:33:43
114 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:33:46
115 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:33:47
116 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:34:03
117 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:34:20
118 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:34:21
119 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:34:30
120 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:35:00
121 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:35:02
122 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 0:35:05
123 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team 0:35:19
124 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:35:22
125 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha 0:38:57
126 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 0:39:10
127 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:39:24
128 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:39:32
129 Paolo Colonna (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:39:45
130 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:39:53
131 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:40:16
132 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp - Endura 0:40:28
133 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:40:57
134 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:45:34
135 John Murphy (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:51:17
136 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:53:40
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 45  pts
2 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Fdj.fr 34
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 28
1 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 22:04:19
2 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:00:52
3 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura 0:01:17
4 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:01:38
5 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:03:09
6 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:03:37
7 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:04:41
8 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale 0:05:20
9 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:05:21
10 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:12:28
11 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:13:29
12 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale 0:20:04
13 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:23:36
14 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:26:55
15 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:28:28
16 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:28:30
17 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:30:02
18 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:30:15
19 Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:31:18
20 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:31:50
21 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:31:53
22 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:33:07
23 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:33:09
24 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team 0:33:26
25 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha 0:37:04
26 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:38:23
27 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp - Endura 0:38:35

1 Team Sky 66:11:00
2 IAM Cycling 0:02:30
3 AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:02
4 Orica Greenedge 0:03:07
5 BMC Racing Team 0:03:56
6 Lotto Belisol 0:04:18
7 Team Katusha 0:04:42
8 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:05:48
9 Team Netapp - Endura 0:06:21
10 Astana Pro Team 0:06:26
11 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:07:00
12 Tinkoff-Saxo 0:07:01
13 Trek Factory Racing 0:07:15
14 UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:11:19
15 Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:13:08
16 Cannondale 0:14:29
17 FDJ.fr 0:17:38
18 Bardiani CSF 0:24:48

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