photo credits @ Tour of Oman
Anthon Charmig won stage 3 of the Tour of Oman today, with an explosive hilltop finish in Quarayyat to takeover the race lead.
Kevin van Melsen (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), Samuele Zoccarato (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Louis Blouwe (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Peio Goikoetxea (Euskaltel – Euskadi), Angel Fuentes (Burgos-BH) and Umberto Poli (Team Novo Nordisk) marked the day’s breakaway effort, but the peloton eventually reined-in the escapees with 12 kilometers to go, prompting an explosive pace at the bottom of the final climb to Qurayyat with Jan Hirt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) hitting out early.
However, Hirt was later overhauled by Charmig, relegating the Czech rider to second place.
Charming now leads the overall classification with a 4-second lead over Hirt, followed by Elie Gesbert (Arkéa-Samsic) a further 4-seconds back.
The Tour of Oman continues tomorrow with a 119.5 kilometer stage from Al Sifah to Muscat Royal Opera.
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