Paul Magnier won stage of the Tour of Oman ahead of teammate Luke Lamperti Paul Magnier and Luke Lamperti combined again to give Soudal-Quick Step victory on stage 3 of the Tour of Oman and put the American into the race lead.
The two former Trinity Racing teammates had already impressed at the Challenge Mallorca and joined forces on the uphill finish at Al Bustan.
The stage was reduced to just 76km due to bad weather, with the steep kick to the line decisive. Some sprinters survived the rising finish but Lamperti and Magnier emerged as the gradient eased to give Soudal-Quick Step a 1-2.
Thanks to his second place, a six-second time bonus and better stage race results, 21-year-old Lamperti took the race leader’s red jersey from Kiwi Finn Fisher-Black (UAE Team Emirates).
Due to the bad weather, Tuesday’s fourth stage has also been reduced but should end with another uphill finish.
Th original 207.5 km stage from Al Rustaq Fort to Yitti Hills has been reduced to 104 km and will now start in Fanja. The decisive finish on the slopes of Green Mountain is on stage 5.
Stage three was supposed to finish at Eastern Mountain but the exceptional bad weather conditions during the weekend forced the organisers to avoid the first mountain finish of the race and create a 76 km stage from Naseem Garden to Al Bustan to the south of Muscat.The stage was flat except for the final 500 metres, the kick-up to the finish, suiting some sprinters, puncheurs […]