Frantisek Sisr was part of the breakaway of the day on stage 3 of Tour of Oman, which was won by Soren Kragh Andersen in an uphill sprint.
Info: February 16th, Stage 3, Sultan Qaboos University – Quriyat, 162km
Weather: Sunny, warm
Course: undulating, uphill finish
The group with Frantisek Sisr went clear soon after the start. He was joined in the front by Matthew Brammeier (Aqua Blue Sport), Chun Kai Feng (Bahrain Merida), Bert Van Lerberghe (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and Kazushige Kuboki (Nippo – Vini Fantini). At one point of the competition, they could enjoy a 4-minute lead.
Sisr was largely contributing to maintaining the gap and he was also 3rd at the first intermediate sprint, halfway through the stage.
BMC Racing and UAE Abu Dhabi were pulling the bunch in the decisive part of the stage, bringing the gap down to 40 seconds with 20km to go. 5 kilometers later Sisr and the rest of the escapees were reeled back in. The race started all over.
The final 2,5-kilometer hill saw few late attacks, but eventually it came down to an punchy, uphill sprint. Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) powered to victory besting Rui Costa (UEA Abu Dhabi) and Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team) who kept his overall lead.
Simone Ponzi finished 34th. He was 25 seconds behind, as the bunch split and time gaps occurred on the last climb. He now sits in 27th (1:12 back) overall.