First stage victory for the Norvegian rider from UAE Team Emirates.
Alexander Kristoff scored his first victory of the 2018 season today in UAE Team Emirates’s colours in the Tour of Oman, the final stage running 135.5km along the Muscat Corniche. The European champion won this stage already in the last two seasons, 2016 and 2017. Today, he didn’t have any rivals in the group sprint of around 70 riders (photo Bettini) and topped Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept Cycling Club), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana). A five-man escape dominated the day. Cavagna survived the longest, leaving 2.5 kilometres left to the finish line.
Meanwhile, team UAE Team Emirates, atop on their Colnago V2R bikes equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupsets and with Campagnolo Bora full carbon wheels, optimally prepared its sprint and Kristoff followed. The victory came as a result of experience, a strong winter’s training and early season race days in the Dubai Tour and the preceding five in the Omani Arab state.
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