Tour of Oman Stage 1: Greipel bounces back from illness to take opening stage
German beats Galizmyanov and Farrar to line, Cavendish doesn't figure in finale
André Greipel of Lotto-Belisol, who missed the Tour of Qatar due to stomach problems and a fever, has continued his impressive start to the season by winning the opening stage of the Tour of Oman.
The German, who last month won three stages of the Santos Tour Down Under, outsprinted Katusha’s Denis Galizmyanov and Garmin-Barracuda’s Tyler Farrar to win today’s 159km stage to Wadi Al Hoqay.
World champion Mark Cavendish of Team Sky, who crashed in Qatar on Friday, did not figure in the finale, with team mate Cj Sutton tweeting afterwards, "Well that didn't go 2 plan.! @MarkCavendish got put in the dirt and 1 foot out. Don't know how he held it up.@TeamSky were strong."
A four-man breakway group, comprising BMC Racing’s Danilo Wyss, Mikhail Ignatiev of Katusha, Champion Systems rider Jiao Pengda and Bridgestone-Anchor’s Alexandre Lemair had at one point built up a lead of five minutes over the peloton.
However, with Lotto-Belisol and Team Sky leading the chase, the catch was inevitable, although not before Ignatiev had attacked again 20km out to try and stay away.