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Liquigas Cannondale rider takes penultimate stage

Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas Cannondale has won Stage 5 of the Tour of Oman, which today featured a summit finish on Jabal Al Akhdhar, better known to English speakers as Green Mountain.

The 27-year-old Sicilian, who ended 2011 without a victory although he was promoted earlier this month to second overall in last year's Giro d'Italia after Alberto Contador was stripped of his victory, had attacked 5 kilometres from the summit of the climb along with Peter Velits of Omega Pharma-Quick Step.

While Nibali rode away from the Slovak to take the stage win today, it is Velits who takes over from Lotto-Belisol's André Greipel as the new race leader by just one second from the Liquigas Cannondale rider, with RadioShack Trek's Tony Gallopin now in third place overall.

Tour of Oman Stage 5 result  

1  NIBALI Vincenzo        LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE      4h 43' 47"
2  VELITS Peter           OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP   + 00' 10"
3  CASAR Sandy            FDJ-BIGMAT                + 00' 25"
4  JEANNESSON Arnold      FDJ-BIGMAT                + 00' 30"
5  GALLOPIN Tony          RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 00' 37"
6  SLAGTER Tom            RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM     + 00' 47"
7  RODRIGUEZ Joaquin      KATUSHA TEAM              + 00' 55"
8  LEBAS Thomas           BRIDGESTONE ANCHOR        + 00' 57"
9  CANCELLARA Fabian      RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 01' 01"
10 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas   GARMIN - BARRACUDA        + 01' 02"
11 GUSEV Vladimir         KATUSHA TEAM              + 01' 15"
12 TEN DAM Laurens        RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM     + 01' 20"
13 SHIMIZU Miyataka       BRIDGESTONE ANCHOR        + 01' 30"
14 VAN SUMMEREN Johan     GARMIN - BARRACUDA        + 01' 30"
15 FUGLSANG Jakob         RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 01' 46"
16 CHAVANEL Sylvain       OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP   + 01' 50"
17 HANSEN Adam            LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM        + 01' 50"
18 CRAWFORD Jai           RTS RACING TEAM           + 01' 50"
19 PINOTTI Marco          BMC RACING TEAM           + 02' 01"
20 SCHÄR Michael          BMC RACING TEAM           + 02' 01"
  
Tour of Oman overall standings after Stage 5  

1  VELITS Peter           OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 18h 20' 58"
2  NIBALI Vincenzo        LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE       + 00' 01"
3  GALLOPIN Tony          RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 00' 17"
4  CASAR Sandy            FDJ-BIGMAT                + 00' 21"
5  JEANNESSON Arnold      FDJ-BIGMAT                + 00' 30"
6  SLAGTER Tom            RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM     + 00' 30"
7  RODRIGUEZ Joaquin      KATUSHA TEAM              + 00' 47"
8  NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas   GARMIN - BARRACUDA        + 00' 49"
9  LEBAS Thomas           BRIDGESTONE ANCHOR        + 00' 50"
10 CANCELLARA Fabian      RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 00' 52"

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.

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Velits in Red

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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can Nibali win this? Discuss!