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Tour of Oman startlist

Josh Cunningham
7 Feb 2017

Race to include both sprint stages and mountain stages; starts on 14th February

The eighth edition of the Tour of Oman, due to begin at Al Sawadi Beach on the 14th February, looks set to welcome a diverse range of riders to the startline with its varied stage terrain. 

An initial sprint stage on the coast will suit the likes of marquee names Tom Boonen and Alexander Kristoff, with riders like Sacha Modolo, Greg Van Avermaet, Adam Blythe, Max Walscheid and Kenny Dehaes likely battling it out for the top placings alongside. 

As the race progresses it enters some medium mountain stages, which could suit any number of riders in the race. Van Avermaet again, Rui Costa, Pippo Pozzato, Nathan Haas and Gio Visconti are names on the startlist that spring to mind. 

Like it has been in the past, the fifth stage to Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain), a 5.7km summit finish, will likely prove decisive for the overall, and it will be here that the race's big Grand Tour-winning names will show themselves. Fabio Aru and Romain Bardet are surely the race's biggest contenders for the overall, but competition on Green Mountain will come in the shape of Bob Jungels, who was sixth and won the young rider's jersey last year, Janier Acevedo, Julian Arredondo and Rui Costa. 

After the Dubai Tour last week, won by Marcel Kittel, the Tour of Oman will mark the second of the early season Middle East calendar, before the Abu Dhabi Tour at the end of February. 

The Tour of Qatar, which failed to gather sufficient funding this year, will not run, but could be due a comeback in 2018.

Tour of Oman 2017 startlist

AG2R La Mondiale

Romain Bardet (Fra)
Axel Domont (Fra)
Sondre Holst Enger (Nor)
Mathias Frank (Sui)
Alexis Gougeard (Fra)
Hugo Houle (Can)
Oliver Naesen (Bel)
Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel)

Astana

Fabio Aru (Ita)
Daniil Fominykh (Kaz)
Jakob Fuglsang (Den)
Tanel Kangert (Est)
Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz)
Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz)
Nikita Stalnov (Kaz)
Andrey Zeits (Kaz)

Aqua Blue Sport

Adam Blythe (GBr)
Matthew Brammeier (Irl)
Mark Christian (GBr)
Stefan Denifl (Aut)
Andrew Fenn (GBr)
Lasse Norman Hansen (Den)
Daniel Pearson (GBr)
Lawrence Warbasse (USA)

Bahrain-Merida

Giovanni Visconti (Ita)
Valerio Agnoli (Ita)
Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita)
Sonny Colbrelli (Ita)
Chun Kai Feng (Tpe)
Tsgabu Grmay (Eth)
Ion Insausti (Esp)
Meiyin Wang (Chn)

BMC Racing

Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)
Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux)
Martin Elmiger (Sui)
Kilian Frankiny (Sui)
Ben Hermans (Bel)
Stefan Kung (Sui)
Daniel Oss (Ita)
Michael Schar (Sui)

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol)
Adrian Kurek (Pol)
Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul)
Michal Paluta (Pol)
Simone Ponzi (Ita)
Branislau Samoilau (Blr)
Frantisek Sisr (Cze)
Patryk Stosz (Pol)

Delko Merseille Provence KTM

Daniel Diaz (Arg)
Delio Fernandez (Esp)
Benjamin Giraud (Fra)
Thierry Hupond (Fra)
Asbj¿rn Kragh Andersen (Den)
Martin Laas (Est)
Romain Lemarchand (Fra)
John Anderson Rodriguez (Col)

Dimension Data

Mekseb Debesay (Eri)
Tyler Farrar (USA)
Nathan Haas (Aus)
Merhawi Kudus (Eri)
Lachlan Morton (Aus)
Youcef Reguigui (Alg)
Kristian Sbaragli (Ita)
Jay Robert Thomson (RSA)

Katusha-Alpecin

Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
Marco Haller (Aut)
Reto Hollenstein (Sui)
Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus)
Matvey Mamykin (Rus)
Michael Morkov (Den)
Nils Politt (Ger)
Rein TaaramŠe (Est)

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Julian Arredondo (Col)
Nicola Bagioli (Ita)
Marco Canola (Ita)
Eduard Grosu (Rom)
Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn)
Alan Marangoni (Ita)
Ivan Santaromita (Ita)
Kohei Uchima (Jpn)

Quick-Step Floors

Tom Boonen (Bel)
Eros Capecchi (Ita)
David De La Cruz (Esp)
Laurens De Plus (Bel)
Bob Jungels (Lux)
Iljo Keisse (Bel)
Yves Lampaert (Bel)
Niki Terpstra (Ned)

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

Preben Van Hecke (Bel)
Benjamin Declercq (Bel)
Aimé Degendt (Bel)
Christophe Noppe (Bel)
Thomas Sprengers (Bel)
Stijn Steels (Bel)
Dries Van Gestel (Bel)
Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel)

Sunweb

Soren Kragh Andersen (Den)
Roy Curvers (Ned)
Bert De Backer (Bel)
Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned)
Tom Stamsnijder (Ned)
Mike Teunissen (Ned)
Zico Waeytens (Bel)
Max Walscheid (Ger)

UAE Abu Dhabi

Rui Costa (Por)
Annas Ait El Abdia (Mar)
Roberto Ferrari (Ita)
Marko Kump (Slo)
Marco Marcato (Ita)
Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE)
Sacha Modolo (Ita)
Federico Zurlo (Ita)

UnitedHealthcare

Janier Acevedo (Col)
Alexander Cataford (Can)
Jonathan Clarke (Aus)
Daniel Eaton (USA)
Sebastian Haedo (Arg)
Christopher Jones (USA)
Gavin Mannion (USA)
Lachlan Norris (Aus)

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Simone Antonini (Ita)
Kenny Dehaes (Bel)
Fabien Doubey (Fra)
Wesley Kreder (Ned)
Guillaume Levarlet (Fra)
Guillaume Martin (Fra)
Danilo Napolitano (Ita)
Robin Stenuit (Bel)
Tom Devriendt (Bel)
Dion Smit (NZl)

WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect

Thomas Deruette (Bel)
Gregory Habeaux (Bel)
Roy Jans (Bel)
Christophe Masson (Fra)
Olivier Pardini (Bel)
Dimitri Peyskens (Bel)
Lukas Spengler (Sui)
Julien Stassen (Bel)

Wilier Triestina

Filippo Pozzato (Ita)
Rafael Andriato (Bra)
Manuel Belletti (Ita)
Alberto Cecchin (Ita)
Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita)
Ilia Koshevoy (Blr)
Jakub Mareczko (Ita)
Jacopo Mosca (Ita)

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