Tour of Oman 3: Kristoff

It was a sprint, as you can well imagine. 
Earlier there had been a break-away - Kenny Dehaes, Ivar Slik, Brian Van Goethem, Jordan Kerby, and Kenneth Van Rooy - but it was unlikely that it could stick. 
The weather wasn't nice and some showers made the joy of  the peloton. In the end EBH kept his jersey.
Note that Vincenzo Nibali is now 2nd GC.

Alexander Kristoff:
"Of course, all in the peloton looked at us, so we had to take control of the race from the beginning. We did it together with Dimension Data, because they protected Edvald (Boasson Hagen) and his race lead. Everything went ok, but with more or less 5 km to go, my last lead-out man Jacopo Guarnieri punctured. So we had to play the game a little bit smart. Marco (Haller) did a great job in front, and later he pulled out until the mark of 500 meters to go. Actually, he did a work for two. Later it was Michael (Mørkøv), who did the last lead-out until 200 meters to go. When I started my sprint, no one was able to pass me any more. I happy with this victory. From the one side we lost one important guy before the finish, from the other hand, we showed we could be very flexible in the final mix, and this is really great. It was a bit raining today, but I was ok with this weather. The only thing I was scared about was the slippery road in the final, but fortunately the road was dry."

Moreno Hofland:
"Happy with the second place behind @Kristoff87 The Lotto boys did à good job putting me up there in the final! #thanks #samenwinnen."
Hofland’s second place felt like a win for him. “This gives me confidence and it’s good for the team’s morale, as well. We showed that we are able to aim for stage wins. Of course, I want to win them as well, but this second place is a nice step for us. Kristoff is really strong at this moment, as well.”

Serge Pauwels:
"Today was a day where we took control to defend Edvals’d jersey, which we were able to accomplish as a team. On paper it didn’t look very difficult but the wind, rain and at times, the hail made it quite tricky and nervous. We can play our cards tomorrow with several riders but we are not the favourites to win. We will give it our best shot on the final climb tomorrow which is very hard and very steep."

Mike Teunissen:
"Another good day in Oman, shame I couldn't help @MorenoHofland more in the final meters, but we're still learning and improving.. #TOO2016."

Jempy Druker:
"The team managed to keep me out of trouble and out of the winds so that I could save some energy for the sprint. I put everything on one card because I wasn’t in the best position, I was a bit too far back so I already did a sprint to get on Kristoff’s wheel. It’s nice to have the chance and have a card to play one day. So it’s even more important to prove that if they give me the chance that I’m up there.”


1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 4:03:22
2 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
3 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
4 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
5 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
6 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
7 Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
8 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
9 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
10 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
11 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
12 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
13 Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
14 Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
15 Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
16 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
17 Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
18 Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
19 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
20 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 11:52:53
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 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:00:10
7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
10 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 0:00:16
11 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
12 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:24
13 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha 0:00:26
14 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 0:00:28
15 Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:00:40
16 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
17 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:00:48
18 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:51
19 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 0:00:52
20 Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:58
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 23 pts
2 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 15
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 15
1 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 11:53:09
2 Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:00:24
3 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
4 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:00:32
5 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:35
6 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 0:00:36
7 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:52
8 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:01:11
9 Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:01:35
10 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:00
1 Dimension Data 35:39:31
2 Astana Pro Team 0:00:34
3 AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:23
4 Bora-Argon 18 0:01:41
5 Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:42
6 Drapac Professional Cycling 0:03:44
7 Team Katusha 0:03:51
8 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:03:52
9 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:03:59
10 UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:04:44
11 Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:05:06
12 BMC Racing Team 0:05:09
13 Lampre - Merida 0:06:20
14 Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:07:04
15 Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:08:10
16 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:08:14
17 Stölting Service Group 0:09:16
18 Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:10:38

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