Matteo Jorgenson (left) celebrates with his Movistar teammate Carlos Verona after winning stage 3 of the Tour of Oman (Image credit: Alex BroadwayGetty Images)
"Finally!" Matteo Jorgenson half-shouted to himself, half to the world as he wheeled to a halt a few metres after the finish line of stage 3 of the Tour of Oman , with his three-year quest for a first victory at long last at an end.
Fourth on the previous stage’s uphill finish had looked very promising for Jorgenson, and on the harder ascent of Jabal Hatt , he managed to make it count when it mattered, soaring away from the group with 200 metres to go.
His narrow advantage at the summit, combined with time bonuses, has netted the 23-year-old from Idaho the lead. But in the short-term at least, it was taking that elusive victory that figured the most prominently of all.
"I was starting to think it would never come," Jorgenson told a small group of reporters afterwards between effusive hugs and words of congratulations to his teammates.
"To be honest things happen in your head and you think maybe you’re not quite talented enough to do it. Today, I’m just super glad I won and winning there with a little difference is super nice. It’s an amazing feeling."
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