No reward for Team Sky which had led chase of earlier breakaway

Marcel Kittel of Project 1T4i has won Stage 3 of the Tour of Oman in a sprint finish to the 145.5km stage that took the peloton from Al Awabi (Al Alya) to the Bank Muscat headquarters at Muscat Heights. André Greipel of Lotto-Belisol finished second, with Nacer Bouhanni of FDJ-BigMat third. Team Sky's Marl Cavendish came home in eighth place.

A four-man breakaway was caught with five kilometres left to race, with Team Sky leading the chase at the front of the peloton inside the closing 15 kilometres as they looked to set world champion Cavendish up for the win.

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.