Tour of Oman 2017: Hermans claims overall honours as Kristoff wins final stage

stage 6 Tour of oman 2017

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) has won the last Tour of Oman stage as Ben Hermans (BMC) confirmed his overall title. Kristoff outsprinted Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Sacha Modolo (UAE Abu Dhabi) at the end of the final stage.

The breakaway of the day never had a too big gap, while with 7km to go the break was completely neutralized. Team Katusha-Alpecin leader repeated his 2016 win at the same finish location and has now already seven Oman stage wins on his palmares. The Norvegian rider took the third win in the 2017 edition of the Tour of Oman and his fourth victory of the season .

„It was today one of the windiest days in a long time in Oman and we knew it would be hard to control the race. We were lucky however as also the BMC Team tried to control the race for the GC leader Hermans. At the end they tried to win with the late attack of Greg Van Avermaet. We did not control the whole race but we did our main work in the final. Luckily I had my teammates to support me in the local laps. Especially Marco Haller did an amazing job in the last two kilometers. He brought me in a good position for the sprint. With 150 meters to go I was second and there was a really strong headwind. The last 150 meters felt like 300 meters but in the end I managed to win and I am really happy to win my third stage in the Tour of Oman 2017!“, said Alexander Kristoff.

Disaster almost struck for race leader Ben Hermans when the Belgian hit the ground just ahead of the first climb, but the crash had no serious consequences and the rider soon rejoined the pack to continue the defense of his leader’s jersey.

Hermans finished in the pack and successfully defended his 22-second advantage over Rui Costa of UAE Abu Dhabi to claim the first stage race win of his career.

Tour of Oman 2017 – stage 6 results (The Wave – Muttrah Cornich):

1Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) 2:57:29
2Eduard Grosu (Nippo – Vini Fantini)


3Sacha Modolo (UAE Abu Dhabi)


4Bert Van Lerberghe (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise)


5Manuel Belletti (Wilier Triestina)


6Ramon Sinkeldam (Team Sunweb)


7Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida)


8Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport)


9Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data)


10Roy Jans (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect)



Final general classification:

1Ben Hermans (BMC)


2Rui Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi)


3Fabio Aru (Astana)


4Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data)


5Tsgabu Grmay (Bahrain Merida)


6Romain Bardet (AG2R)


7Mathias Frank (AG2R)


8Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data)


9Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida)


10Nathan Haas (Dimension Data)



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