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Coquard beats Cavendish in Tour of Oman opener

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Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) claimed stage one victory in a bunch sprint at Sultan Qaboos University as the Tour of Oman got under way on Tuesday. 

The Frenchman beat Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) to the line to ensure that he wears the leader’s jersey on stage 2 of the race.

“I’m very happy to win in Oman, because it’s my first big race of the season,” Coquard said. “It’s a new team, a new project and my first win – the second win of the team for the season. It’s very good, I’m very happy.”

Tour of Oman 2018 – stage 1 results (Nizwa – Sultan Qaboos University):

1 Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept)

3:58:41

2 Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

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3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

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4 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

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5 Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)

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6 Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport)

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7 Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

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8 Bram Welten (Fortuneo-Samsic)

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9 Magnus Cort (Astana)

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10 Boris Vallée (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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