Friday 15 February 2013 - 11:15

Tour of Oman stage 5: Stybar and Trentin animated stage

Tour of Oman stage 5: Stybar and Trentin animated stage

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team riders Zdenek Stybar and Matteo Trentin were in the day`s breakaway of 9 riders during the 5th stage of the Tour of Oman. They took a 3 minutes lead heading into the final part of the race, where the riders had to climb the Bousher Alamrat three times.

The lead group of 9 riders with Stybar and Trentin stayed in the front till the second climb of the Bousher Alamrat. Alberto Contador (Team Saxobank-Tinkoff) attacked from the chase group and reeled the escapees in. Not long after that all escapees were caught by the chasers. On the last climb Contador attacked again, leaving the others behind. Christopher Froome (Team Sky) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) managed to bridge the gap with the Spaniard. Stybar kept hanging on in the chase group, which came very close in the final kilometres.

After several unsuccessful attacks a sprint had to bring the decision. Froome outsprinted Contador and Rodriguez taking the stage win and extending his overall lead. Only 4 seconds later Stybar sprinted to a very nice 5th place.

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