Tour of Oman Stage 4: Vandenbergh Enters the Breakaway
Etixx - Quick-Step rider Stijn Vandenbergh and Gijs Van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) spent a long day in the Tour of Oman Stage 4 breakaway, attacking as soon as the stage started and staying away until just before reaching the Green Mountain Finale (5.7km, 10.5%). The duo managed to get as much as 14'40" of an advantage on the peloton during the stage, but fell short of staying away in the 189km stage.
As they were caught, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) attacked, but was eventually caught by a select group. The select group then broke up, and Rafael Valls (Lampre-Merida) went on to win the stage ahead of Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) and Rafael Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo).
Pieter Serry was the team's top finisher, in 31st place.
Etixx - Quick-Step looks next to 151.5km Stage 5, from Al Sawadi Beach to the Ministry of Housing. The stage includes four ascents of varying distance and gradient of the Climb of Bousher Al Amerat. The summits of the climbs start at the 94.5km mark and the last climb is crested at the 139th kilometer of the stage. The finale is very slightly uphill.