Tour of Oman Stage 1: Boonen 2nd in Uphill Al Wutayyah Finale
Etixx - Quick-Step rider Tom Boonen earned another spot on the podium at 161km Tour of Oman Stage 1, from Bayt Al Naman Castle to Al Wutayyah on Sunday, in a slightly uphill finale that ended in a bunch sprint.
Andrea Guardini (Astana) won the race, with Boonen 2nd and Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) 3rd.
The race came back together with about 30km to go in the stage. Johann van Zyl (MTN - Qhubeka) maintained a 35" advantage with 35km to go, but was caught.
Boonen now trails Guardini by 4" in the GC. Boonen is also 2nd by 3 points to Guardini (15 points).
Stage 2 from Al Hazm Castle to Al Bustan features two climbs — Al Hamriyah and Al Jissah — before descending toward the finish line. The finale is again slightly uphill.