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2nd victory for André Greipel in Oman

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The thrid stage in the Tour of Oman ended in a mass sprint, despite a late attack of Chris Froome. In the sprint Greipel was clearly the strongest.

The 145km stage from the Muscat Bank headquarters to Al Bustan had a largely flat opening but featured a sting in the tail with a series of short, sharp climbs in the finale. A small break of four riders formed almost as soon as the flag dropped. They were caught on the first climb of the day. 6 kilometers from the finish line, Chris Froome attacked on the second climb. Sagan, Stybar and Cacellara were among his companions, but they were shut down inside the final kilometre on the fast descent to the finish. Because of the strong headwind in the final kilometers, escaping was very difficult. Jurgen Van den Broeck lead the peloton for Lotto-Belisol and sprinter André Greipel. The german champion was by far the strongest sprinter, and finished with a couple of bicycle lengths advantage over Sagan and Bouhanni.
In this stage, Greipel choose to ride his lightweight Ridley Helium SL because of the steep climbs in the final.

André Greipel: "It was a hard final on paper today, but the headwind played in my favour. It was supposed to be a final for Gallopin, Roelandts and Van den Broeck but I could manage to stay in the front of the group and the team motivated me as well. The last 4 kilometers I was riding at the end of the bunch but Roelandts and Bak brought me back to the front. With 700 meters to go I was back at the head of the bunch and Ligthart and Roelandts gave me the perfect lead-out."

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