Alexander Kristoff won the first stage of the Tour of Oman today along in Al Sawadi Beach a Suhar Corniche. After 138.5km, he topped the sprint ahead of Frenchmen Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).
The Norwegian now leads the race and wears the classification jersey after the win today, the ninth victory for him in Oman.
“Mercato and Bystrom did a good lead-out for me and put me in a good position,” said Kristoff. “It was fast with a tailwind in the final straight, I was seated the whole sprint. I timed it well. I am proud of how the team worked. It was a very good team effort. We had a good start as Team UAE and I’m happy to contribute to it and get my first victory of the year here in Oman.”