Frantisek Sisr finished 14th on the last stage of Tour of Oman, while Simone Ponzi was ranked in the top 30 in the final general classification.
Info: February 19th, stage 6, The Wave – Muttrah Corniche, 130km
Weather: warm, sunny, windy
Despite relatively short distance to cover, it was not going to be an easy race. Fast pace right from the gun, two climbs in the second part of the course and strong cross wind made things difficult for everyone. It was quite a task to get in the break, but those who managed to build a gap were Aime De Gendt (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors) and Benjamin Giraud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM).
The leading trio’s maximum advantage reached 3 minutes. On the first categorized climb of the day Giraud got dropped and the remaining two escapees didn’t look back. They had 1:15 in hand with 15km to go, but the bunch was very eager to catch them. First it was De Gendt who got reeled in and Keisse was brought back in with 5km to go.
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) tried a late move, but at the end it was all about the sprinters. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) confirmed that he’s the fastest man in the race, winning his third stage. He bested Eduard Grosu (Nippo – Vini Fantini) and Sacha Modolo (UAE Abu Dhabi).
Frantisek Sisr and Patryk Stosz showed some sprint skills, taking 14th and 17th place.
Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team) took home the overall win, and Simone Ponzi was CCC Sprandi Polkowice highest ranked rider in the GC. The Italian completed the 6-day event in 30th place (5:49 back).