Matteo Jorgenson (not in this image) was born in Walnut Creek, California, before moving to Boise with his family in 2002. Much of Jorgenson’s childhood was spent in the City of Trees, which he said helped his development as a cyclist. (Photo: CBS2, Twilight Criterium 2018). JABAL AL AKHDHAR, Oman — A Boise High grad took home not only a first professional stage win but a first overall stage race victory by the thinnest possible margin.
Matteo Jorgenson, a 2017 Boise High graduate, won the overall Tour of Oman Wednesday, clinching the general classification victory by one second.
The American, who races for Movistar Team, won the five-day, 830.3 km race (516 miles) with a final time of 19 hours, 56 minutes and 21 seconds.
Second-place Mauri Vansevenant of Belgium clocked in at 19 hours, 56 minute, and 22 seconds. Vansevenant and Jorgenson, both 23, were also eligible for the best young rider category.
The course brought riders through the capital city Muscat and along the Omani coast, before concluding with a climb up Green Mountain. Green Mountain is part of the Hajar Mountains, the highest mountain range in the Eastern Arabian Peninsula.
After two days of racing, Jorgenson found himself 5th overall, sitting 10 seconds behind race leader Jesus Herrada of Spain.
In the third stage, Jorgenson seized his chance to take control of the stage and the overall race. Jorgenson and several riders whittled down a breakaway before Jorgenson himself accelerated in the final 200 meters of a steep climb to secure the […]
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