“I’ve tried, I pushed on the pedals because I really thought it could be a good opportunity to win a stage – commented Tanel Kangert – the riders in the breakaway were well selected and we could have try stronger to get to the finish line… unfortunately, someone didn’t collaborated at all and this way when the effort became very important the advantage on the bunch has dissolved in few kms.”
“A part from the result, I’m quite satisfied about my condition that is growing and I’m pretty confident I will be able to do good things in the next races – continued the Estonian of the Astana Pro Team – it’s a pity for the stage but let’s focus on the recover because tomorrow there will be another important stage”.
Today has been ridden the shortest stage of this edition of the Tour of Oman. Only 118 km of race but many challenging uphill and narrow roads in the first part.
The Kangert’s attack has characterized the stage until the last climb to Bousher Al Amerat were the big shots of the GC increased the speed. Then after several attacks, one of which by our Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang get back at only 1 km to go, some of the strongest sprinters, got back to the front and the victory went to the Norwegian, Alexander Kristoff.
The first classified between the Astana Pro Team riders was the Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko, 17th.
Tomorrow, there will be the queen stage of this Tour of Oman: Sama’il – Jabal Al Akhdhar (152.5 km) with famous uphill final to Green Mountain.