Chris Froome wins stage 5 of 2013 Tour of Oman
Team Sky Pro Cycling's Christopher Froome climbed to victory in today's fifth stage of this year's Tour of Oman when he beat Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador and yesterday's stage winner Joaquin Rodriguez (Team Katusha) in a sprint to the finish line.
finish and explained "His team worked well, and, in the end, it succeeded for them. I consolidated my losses and tried to play it in the final. I expected the group to come back in the end, but they didn't come back."
Two-time stage winner Peter Sagan of Team Cannondale abandoned the race before start of today's stage.
The team said in a statement a precautionary rest was needed in the face of Sagan’s poor condition after yesterday's stage. After a visit from doctor Magni, the team said Sagan was diagnosed with acute tracheo-bronchitis and fever.
"The Classics season is approaching and we can’t risk damaging the plan," Team Cannondale Sports Director Alberto Volpi explained adding "Sagan’s precautionary rest is the best and only choice. He will rest until his condition improves and he is able to train again."
The 2013 Tour of Oman concludes tomorrow with a 144 kilometer stage from Hawit Nagam Park to Matrah Corniche.
"Tomorrow hopefully the sprinter teams will take advantage of the flatter profile and it should end in a sprint if all goes to plan. I’ve extended my lead to 27 seconds so it puts us in a good place going into tomorrow’s stage," Froome explained.