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Greg van Avermaet triumphs at Stage 3 of the Tour of Oman 2018

Greg van Avermaet triumphs at Stage 3 of the Tour of Oman 2018. It was a hot day for a lumpy stage three of the Tour of Oman. The peloton raced from the German University of Technology to Wadi Dayqah Dam on a route that spanned 179.5km with three categorized climbs along baron sandy roads. With no spectators on the roadside and no live television coverage broadcast, it’s a race that might leave you wondering who it’s really for…

It was straight down to business this morning and a group of riders quickly tried to break away. Yesterday’s most combative rider, Loic Chetout (Cofidis) was one of them. He was joined by Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Wouter Wippert (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) & Nicholas Schultz (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). Together they managed to open up a 1-minute gap at around the five kilometre mark.

It was the job of Katusha-Alpecin to set the pace at the front the bunch today, and they didn’t ever let the break get too far from their sights. The gap hovered narrowly around 2’50” for the first 25 kilometres of racing. However, the four-man breakaway managed to push their lead to 3’55 by the 50 kilometre mark and take the first climb of the day together, the  Al Jabal Street (Bousher Al Amerat) followed by the intermediate sprint. Points were shared among the group but Loïc Chetout (Cofidis) took both primes.

With 100 kilometres left to race, the peloton decides it’s time to pull on the leash. Astana works with Katusha on the front and the gap begins to narrow with the break holding 2’55 at 85 kilometres from the finish line. The break holds steady as the race heads into the blistering heat of the most challenging climbs of the day. Despite suffering a puncture in the foothills, Loïc Chetout takes the KOM once more, atop the Climb of Quriyat (km 132.5) and pushes hard to take following intermediate sprint. After securing the most aggressive rider classification for another stage he rolls up his shorts and sleeves to work on his tan while waiting for the peloton.

The breakaway, now stripped down to three, suffer under the intense heat and are swallowed by the peloton with 20 km to go to the finish. Katusha trys to take control and put Nathan Haas in position but the after an intense battle on the final climb, the days honours and overall position went to Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing.

Stage 3 results

1  VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC Racing Team 4:36:04
2  COSTA Rui UAE-Team Emirates 0:03
3  LUTSENKO Alexey Astana Pro Team ,,
4  IZAGIRRE Gorka Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team ,,
5  HAAS Nathan Team Katusha – Alpecin 0:07
6  CORT NIELSEN Magnus Astana Pro Team ,,
7  EIKING Odd Christian Wanty – Groupe Gobert 0:09
8  DEVENYNS Dries Quick-Step Floors ,,
9  LOPEZ Miguel Angel Astana Pro Team ,,
10  HERRADA Jesús Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
11  NAVARRO Daniel Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
12  KRISTOFF Alexander UAE-Team Emirates 0:14
13  VISCONTI Giovanni Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 0:17
14  KUDUS Merhawi Dimension Data ,,
15  NIBALI Vincenzo Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team ,,
16  NIZZOLO Giacomo Trek – Segafredo ,,
17  CONCI Nicola Trek – Segafredo ,,
18  DOUBEY Fabien Wanty – Groupe Gobert ,,
19  CAVAGNA Rémi Quick-Step Floors 0:20
20  ARANBURU Alex Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:24
21  BERHANE Natnael Dimension Data ,,
22  CHRISTIAN Mark Aqua Blue Sport ,,
23  GERTS Floris Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij ,,
24  CRAS Steff Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
25  EDET Nicolas Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
26  FELLINE Fabio Trek – Segafredo ,,
27  JANSE VAN RENSBURG Jacques Dimension Data ,,
28  DECLERCQ Benjamin Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise ,,
29  LUNKE Sindre Skjøstad Fortuneo – Samsic ,,
30  PERICHON Pierre-Luc Fortuneo – Samsic 0:30
31  DAVIES Scott Dimension Data ,,
32  STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo ,,
33  CAPECCHI Eros Quick-Step Floors ,,
34  PEARSON Daniel Aqua Blue Sport ,,
35  THEUNS Edward Team Sunweb ,,
36  CELANO Danilo Caja Rural – Seguros RGA ,,
37  DELTOMBE Kevin Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:36
38  BOUHANNI Nacer Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:37
39  BOSWELL Ian Team Katusha – Alpecin 0:39
40  VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij 0:44
41  DLAMINI Nickolas Dimension Data ,,
42  DECLERCQ Tim Quick-Step Floors 0:46
43  REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo 0:49
44  IRISARRI Jon Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:50
45  CARPENTER Robin Rally Cycling 0:53
46  PEDERSEN Casper Aqua Blue Sport 0:57
47  MEURISSE Xandro Wanty – Groupe Gobert 1:09
48  TERPSTRA Niki Quick-Step Floors ,,
49  BETTIOL Alberto BMC Racing Team 1:12
50  DRUCKER Jean-Pierre BMC Racing Team ,,
51  DANIEL Maxime Fortuneo – Samsic 1:16
52  REINDERS Elmar Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij 1:17
53  HOLLENSTEIN Reto Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
54  MANZIN Lorrenzo Vital Concept Cycling Club 1:25
55  BERNARD Julien Trek – Segafredo ,,
56  DE VOS Adam Rally Cycling ,,
57  BOARO Manuele Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team ,,
58  TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb ,,
59  FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb 1:27
60  VENTOSO Francisco BMC Racing Team ,,
61  PIBERNIK Luka Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 1:29
62  GERARD Arnaud Fortuneo – Samsic ,,
63  IRIZAR Markel Trek – Segafredo ,,
64  ROCHE Nicolas BMC Racing Team ,,
65  VACHON Florian Fortuneo – Samsic ,,
66  MARTINELLI Davide Quick-Step Floors ,,
67  KANGERT Tanel Astana Pro Team 1:35
68  LE BON Johan Vital Concept Cycling Club 1:50
69  DOUGALL Nick Dimension Data 2:05
70  ANTONINI Simone Wanty – Groupe Gobert 2:07
71  BLYTHE Adam Aqua Blue Sport 2:18
72  LEMOINE Cyril Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 2:24
73  FRAILE Omar Astana Pro Team 2:30
74  HIRT Jan Astana Pro Team ,,
75  NIBALI Antonio Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 2:32
76  WEENING Pieter Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij 2:34
77  POLITT Nils Team Katusha – Alpecin 2:37
78  MARCATO Marco UAE-Team Emirates 2:49
79  VAN LERBERGHE Bert Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 2:55
80  FENN Andrew Aqua Blue Sport 2:57
81  CURVERS Roy Team Sunweb 3:00
82  NIEMIEC Przemyslaw UAE-Team Emirates 3:11
83  DURASEK Kristijan UAE-Team Emirates ,,
84  KREDER Wesley Wanty – Groupe Gobert ,,
85  MCNALLY Mark Wanty – Groupe Gobert ,,
86  FERRARI Fabricio Caja Rural – Seguros RGA ,,
87  DUNNE Conor Aqua Blue Sport 3:14
88  CARBEL Michael Fortuneo – Samsic ,,
89  BOZIC Borut Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 3:16
90  WARLOP Jordi Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 3:29
91  ARCHBOLD Shane Aqua Blue Sport 3:37
92  CAPIOT Amaury Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 3:48
93  VAN ROOY Kenneth Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 4:02
94  YSSAAD Yannis Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 4:04
95  OIEN Justin Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 4:17
96  MORICE Julien Vital Concept Cycling Club 5:44
97  COQUARD Bryan Vital Concept Cycling Club ,,
98  VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan BMC Racing Team 6:55
99  DE GENDT Aime Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 6:57
100  CAVENDISH Mark Dimension Data 7:12
101  RÉZA Kévin Vital Concept Cycling Club ,,
102  STAMSNIJDER Tom Team Sunweb 7:14
103  PATE Danny Rally Cycling ,,
104  JAKOBSEN Fabio Quick-Step Floors ,,
105  VAN GOETHEM Brian Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij ,,
106  FARAZIJN Maxime Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise ,,
107  DE BACKER Bert Vital Concept Cycling Club ,,
108  STALNOV Nikita Astana Pro Team ,,
109  WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb ,,
110  TROIA Oliviero UAE-Team Emirates ,,
111  MCNULTY Brandon Rally Cycling ,,
112  WELTEN Bram Fortuneo – Samsic ,,
113  KUZNETSOV Viacheslav Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
114  YOUNG Eric Rally Cycling ,,
115  CHETOUT Loïc Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
116  PLANCKAERT Baptiste Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
117  SCHAR Michael BMC Racing Team ,,
118  FERRARI Roberto UAE-Team Emirates ,,
119  MAGNER Ty Rally Cycling 7:21
120  LIGTHART Pim Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij 7:22
121  HUFF Charles Bradley Rally Cycling 7:31
122  VALLÉE Boris Wanty – Groupe Gobert 12:38
123  BOECKMANS Kris Vital Concept Cycling Club ,,
124  SCHULTZ Nick Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 13:09
125  WIPPERT Wouter Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij 13:39
DNF  ANDERSEN Søren Kragh Team Sunweb -4:36:04

 

Overall standings after Stage 3

  1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
  2. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) à 11″
  3. Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) à 13″
  4. Gorka Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida) à 19″
  5. Dries Devenyns (Quick Step-Floors) à 25″
  6. Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
  7. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team)
  8. Jésus Herrada (Cofidis)
  9. Daniel Navarro (Cofidis)
  10. Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) à 33″

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