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Tour of Oman. Stage 1. Davide Ballerini is Best Young Rider after top 10 sprint

By taking the 8th place in a sprint at stage 1, Davide Ballerini took the lead in the Best Young Rider classification at the Tour of Oman. The young Italian of Astana Pro Team had a great lead-out by Magnus Cort, but in the final 50 meters, he was not able to stay in front of the bunch sprint. Alexander Kristoff took the victory, just in front of Nacer Bouhanni and Bryan Coquard.

It was a hard race where we had to work a lot because there was some wind during the stage. We had to be attentive and always at the front. After the feed zone, we were leading the pack and tried to force a split in the group. But, honestly, the wind was not strong enough for this plan to succeed. In the end, Magnus Cort did a great job for me and with 300 meters to go, I was in a good position. The sprint was very, very fast and in the last 50 meters, I've got too much headwind... Anyway, I feel quite good and my legs are working really well. So, I am looking forward to the next days,- said Davide Ballerini.

The 138.5 kilometers from Al Sawadi Beach to Suhar Corniche made it a day for the sprinters at the Tour of Oman. Right from the start of stage 1, a group of 4 riders took off, but they were closed in before today’s final. With the tailwind, it was a fast sprint with riders heading for the finish line at around 80 km/h. Magnus Cort performed as a lead-out for Davide Ballerini, he took the 8th place and is leading the classification as Best Young Rider. Alexander Kristoff is the new leader of the Tour of Oman, as he took the victory.

Tomorrow, the riders will face a more challenging stage, as the peloton will go from Royal Cavalry Oman to Al Bustan covering 156.5 kilometers and several steep climbs.


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