Fernando Gaviria won the first stage of the Tour of Oman on Thursday leaving Mark Cavendish trailing in his wake.
Gaviria got his break after being guided into the lead by his UAE team-mate Maximiliano Richeze less than 200 metres from the finish of the 138 kilometres stage from Al Rustaq Fort to Muscat, to record his first win of the season.
Cavendish took second with Australian Kaden Groves third.
“Before the race, I said I wanted to win some stages. There was a lot of pressure for me in my mind because I wanted to win. Last week in the Saudi Tour I saw I can and here I’m really happy to take the first victory,” Gaviria said.
Gaviria is competing for the first time in the Tour of Oman, which is making its reappearance after a two year hiatus.
Friday’s second stage is a flat route of 167.5km from Naseem Park to Suhar Corniche.
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