Tour of Oman Stage 3: Drucker Finishes Fifth18. February 2016, Muscat, Oman — Road Team
It came down to a bunch sprint on the third stage of the Tour of Oman with Jempy Drucker crossing the line in fifth place behind stage winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).
A five rider breakaway broke clear early in the stage and managed to stay away until 10 kilometers to go when the peloton picked up Brian Van Goethem (Roompot Oranje Peloton), who was the last remaining survivor.
Predicted rain and increasing winds contributed to a tense bunch sprint, with Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Roy Jans (Wanty Group Gobert) rounding out the top three behind Kristoff. Daniel Oss finished in the top ten, crossing the line in ninth place.
“The team managed to keep me out of trouble and out of the winds so that I could save some energy for the sprint. I put everything on one card because I wasn’t in the best position, I was a bit too far back so I already did a sprint to get on Kristoff’s wheel,” Drucker said after crossing the line.
Drucker was thankful for the team’s decision to back him in the sprint.
“It’s nice to have the chance and have a card to play one day. So it’s even more important to prove that if they give me the chance that I’m up there.”
Greg Van Avermaet crossed the line with the peloton and retains his third place on the General Classification, six seconds behind race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).
Tomorrow’s Queen stage will see a battle for the leader’s jersey as the peloton face 177 kilometers finishing with a tough 7.5 kilometer uphill finish on Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain).
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