Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the fifth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Oman in Muscat on Saturday.
The Dimension Data rider edged Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet and Marco Canola of Italy in a sprint finish to the 119.5km run from Sifah to the Tourism Ministry building.
“My goal is to be in good form for the classics,” said the 28-year-old stage winner.
Astana team leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the overall leader’s red jersey, 15 seconds ahead of Frenchman Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and 24 seconds better than teammate Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark.
“We were able to block any attacks, we were very careful,” observed former Tour de France champion Nibali.
Sunday’s final stage starts at The Wave Muscat and ends on the Matrah Corniche after a run of 130.5kms.
Tour of Oman fifth stage results, a 119.5km ride from Al Sifah to the Ministry of Tourism building on Saturday:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDD) 3hr 5min 32sec, 2. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) at s.t., 3. Marco Canola (ITA/UHC) s.t., 4. Simone Ponzi (ITA/CCC) s.t., 5. Gianluca Brabilla (ITA/ETI) s.t., 6. Gerald Ciolek (GER/SSG) s.t., 7. Sven Erik Byström (NOR/KAT) s.t., 8. Adam Phelan (AUS/DPC) s.t., 9. Marco Marcato (ITA/WGG) s.t., 10. Nathan Haas (AUS/DDD) s.t.
1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 19hr 24min 07sec, 2. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) at 15sec, 3. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 24s, 4. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 40, 5. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) 54, 6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDD) 1:06, 7. Brendan Canty (AUS/DPC) 1:31, 8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 1:38, 9. Merhawi Kudus (ERI/DDD) 1:41, 10. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/ETI) 1:59.
– Agence France-Presse