Tour of Oman Stage 4: Green Mountain Shakes up GC19. February 2016, Muscat, Oman — Road Team
Stage 4 of the Tour of Oman didn’t fail to disappoint with Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) claiming the win on the Green Mountain and the leader’s red jersey in the process.
The brutal 7.5 kilometer climb with an average gradient of 10.7% cracked the peloton to completely shake things up on the General Classification.
Daniel Oss made a ten rider breakaway that broke clear 10 kilometers into the 177 kilometer stage and managed to stay away until the base of the climb when the peloton finally chased the group down.
The attacks came from different directions but it was Nibali who eventually went clear to take the solo win, with Romain Bardet (AG2R) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) rounding out the top three.
For Richie Porte, the Green Mountain it was a hard, but good test of the legs.
“It’s such a hard climb. Yesterday when I said it was like the Zoncolon some of the journalists laughed but it really is, especially with that extra 1.8 kilometers. I’ve been up here once before and it hadn’t changed much, it’s still a hard climb,” Porte said afterwards.
“It’s one of those rides that I think you’re better off riding by your power meter if you can but if you don’t have the legs then that doesn’t really matter. I got dropped and then came back a little bit like a yoyo, but I’m happy with how it went. The guys still got around me today which was nice.”
Greg Van Avermaet, who was sitting third in the General Classification before stage 4, has slipped out of the top ten.
The peloton will enjoy a shorter day in the saddle tomorrow on stage 5, a 119.5 kilometer course that finishes with three ascents of the 3.2 kilometer Bousher Al Amerat climb.
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