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Alexander Kristoff wins at Tour of Oman ahead of Classics

Josh Cunningham
14 Feb 2017

Alexander Kristoff proves his legs ahead of the Classics, winning stage one of the Tour of Oman, while Boonen crashes

Stage one of the Tour of Oman was won today by Katusha-Alpecin's Alexander Kristoff. 

The race was contested in a bunch sprint after a 176.5km stage between Al Sawadi Beach and Naseem Park, and it was the Norweigan Kristoff that out-sprinted Kristian Sbaragli of Dimension Data and Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain Merdia. 

Larry Warbasse, Aime de Gendt, Alan Marangoni, Guiseppe Fonzi and Christophe Masson comprised the day's breakaway, building up a maximum lead of 3"30'. The break started splitting inside 30km to go, before it was caught at 10km to go. 

The bunch sprint was on, but Quickstep Floor's Tom Boonen, surely one of Kristoff's rivals ahead of the Classics, came down in a crash with 700m to go. It is not suspected that Boonen's injuries are too serious, although the Belgian suffered some scrapes.

Kristoff won the stage, and as a result also moves into the first leader's jersey. After a win in Etoile de Besseges already this year, as well as two further podiums, it is clear that the Norwegian has some good legs, although he has yet to prove it alongside the fastest sprinters in 2017.