Oman: Tour of Oman kicks off, Colombian Gaviria wins Stage 1

Six stages in heat of Persian Gulf, teams from around the world

10 February, 17:15

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, 10 FEB - Colombian Fernando Gaviria on Thursday won Stage 1 of the Tour of Oman, a race in the Arabian Peninsula that kicks off the cycling season when it is still cold in Europe. The eleventh edition has six stages with the first completed on Thursday. The race is back after two years in which it was not run due to the pandemic.

    Eighteen teams from four continents make their way to the shores of the Gulf of Oman in stages, including seven World Teams, nine ProTeams and the only Continental Team. The big news of this edition is the participation for the first time ever of the Omani National Team, made up of a select group of local cyclists who will have the opportunity to compete against some of the strongest teams in the world.

    Among these, the only Italian team, Bardiani CSF Faizane, with seven athletes: the young cyclists Filippo Zana and Samuele Zoccarato; neo-professionals Luca Colnaghi and Luca Rastelli; and climbers Luca Covili, Jonathan Canaveral, and Alessandro Santaromita. The country is ideal in February from a climatic standpoint, both for athletes and spectators.

    Oman has offered spectacular races over the years ever since Fabian Cancellara became the first winner of this competition in 2010, followed by other illustrious winners such as Christopher Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, and Alexey Lutsenko, who won the last two editions.

    Once again, the course will be balanced with tempting opportunities for sprinters, attackers and climbers to challenge themselves by climbing the iconic Jabal Al Akhdar for the tenth time in racing history.

    Omani Culture Ministry Undersecretary Basil bin Ahmed bin Amer bin Mansour Al-Rawas expressed all his pride in being able to host this event once again, highlighting that the participation of the Omani national team could be a source of inspiration for the younger generations.

    The route's 891 km put the diversity of the country's landscapes on display.

    On Thursday, the race started from the hinterland, in front of the fort of Al Rustaq for the arrival in Muscat.

    Starting Friday, for Stage 2, riders will pass through the port of Suhar, in the country's north of the country.

    The other stages will pass through iconic places such as Sultan Qaboos University (Stage 3), the Royal Opera House of Muscat (Stage 4), Samail (Stage 5) and Al Mouj (Stage 6).

    Sprinters will have three golden opportunities and the stages that will spark a close battle for the final victory are those up to Qurayyat (with the conclusion at the top with a 2.8 km climb with a 6.5% gradient), at the Royal Opera House in Muscat (after a decisive climb of the Bausher Al Amerat) and al Jabal Al Akhdar (5.7 km with a 10.5% gradient). (ANSAmed).

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