2.17.2016

Tour of Oman 2: EBH


Rocky mountains again, a desolate landscpe. A break again, quite large Kenny Dehaes (Wanty Groupe Gobert) Christoph Pfingsten (Bora-Argon 18), Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Jesper Asselman (Roompot), Stijn Steels (Topsport Vlaanderen Baloise), and Alexander Kamp (Stöltin Service Group). 
56 km to go Asselman attacks, Kamp follows and Périchon bridges
20 km to go they are caught and the peloton splits: some get dropped - including Porte and D.Martin - some try to go. Boasson Hagen succeeds.
Impressive.

Edvald Boasson Hagen:
"The team kept me at the front and then it was hard enough to attack" 
It was a really good stage for us today. The team did really well, especially at the end to keep me up at the front. They were on the front riding a really good tempo so nobody could attack. Tyler went into the base of the climb and then Nathan did a long turn too. Youcef and Jacques also rode really well to support me. The whole team was strong today, it was a great effort by all the guys which I was really happy with. It was great to then finish off all the good work with the win.

Greg Van Avermaet:
“It was a hard stage. The team did a really good job to make it harder in the flat part as we’ve got some strong guys going into the wind so we tried to split the peloton up. For me it was about trying to go as far as possible and hoping that the others cracked in the sprint. Boasson Hagen was still there and just flew past. With 200m to go we started sprinting and Boasson Hagen was faster.”

Vincenzo Nibali:
"Sensazioni buone!! Grazie @AstanaTeam per l'ottimo lavoro! Step by step #TOO2016 Un saluto a voi Cari Amici😁😁"
[A good feeling!! Thanks Astana Team for the very good job! step by step. Hi dear friends.]

Iljo Keisse:
"Summary of today's stage in @tourofoman, hed wind and lots of pain!"

Bob Jungels:
"So sorry for not paying back the incredible work of the boys today with a better result.. Pulling all day long when it's headwind isn't funny".

Mike Teunissen:
“The finish line was on a tough climb today and every rider in the top 10 is world class. That makes it hard to grab a good result, but I tried to follow them as well as possible. With only 400 metres to go, I had to let them go. Last year, I was dropped early on climbs like this, but now I’m able to follow much longer. I want to keep growing in this process and considering that, it’s nice to get the chance from the team to try in races like today’s. Let’s set a date: next year, I’ll be able to sprint for the stage win in this race.”

MORE TO COME

RESULTS
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 4:12:00  
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
6 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
8 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
9 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
10 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
GC
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 7:49:31  
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:04  
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:06  
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:00:08  
6 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:00:10  
Pic by TDW
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
8 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
10 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:16
POINTS
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen 
MOST AGGRESIVE RIDER
1. Alexander Kamp
YOUTH
1. Patric Konrad








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