Greipel Wins Stage 6 of Tour of Oman; Froome Takes Overall Victory
For the second consecutive year Team Sky Pro Cycling's Christopher Froome has been crowned champion of the Tour of Oman.
circuit on the Matrah Corniche, that gap had been reduced to just 45 seconds. At the second intermediate bonus sprint (1st passage of the finish line after kilometer 129.5), won by Alessandro Bazzana in front of Hepburn and Juul-Jensen, the pack remained 26 seconds behind.
The front trio managed to hang on to the lead all the way to the final kilometer. Time had then come for a bunch sprint. Like in stage 1 and 3, Greipel powered to victory. The German champion thereby claimed his third win of this year's Tour of Oman, beating Team FDJ's Nacer Bouhanni, who won on the Corniche last year, and Team NetApp-Endura's Sam Bennett to the line.
Finishing in the main peloton group Froome wins the Tour of Oman for the second consecutive year. The reigning Tour de France champion who stunned spectators on the mountain top finish at Jabal Al Akhdhar claimed the overall race victory with a 26 second lead over Van Garderen and 31 seconds over Rigoberto Uran. A great way to start the year for the Team Sky rider who is hoping to defend his crown in the Grande Boucle come July.
Winner of 3 stages Greipel finishes at the top of the points classification and therefore wins the green jersey, while Romain Bardet, 13th overall, claimed the white jersey for being the best young rider. Continuously active during the 6 days of the race, Preben Van Hecke (TSV) wins the most aggressive rider classification.