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Fabian Cancellara finished second behind Edvald Boason Hagen in the final TT stage of the tour of Oman but cliched overall victory in the Tour of Oman today. The inaugural 6-stage tour was a passionate and controversial one, running from February 14th-19th and covering 687km. The first overall victory goes to the Swiss powerhouse Fabian Cancellara in the Oman.
“It’s great to win but most of all it’s been a fascinating trip. The Oman people are special. We get hung up about so many things but they know how to enjoy life,” Cancellara said.
“It was nice to be in real contact with the people and see them along the roadside cheering for us. No other sport allows such close contact like that and it made racing here pretty special.”
Edvald Boason Hagen flew through the final stage stunning olympic TT champion Cancellara by beating him by an impressive 17 seconds. The Norwegian had a dominating performance throughout the entire tour and had built a huge lead through the first four stages. Then, controversy exploded onto the scene as an untimely attack was launched by the peleton while the Boason Hagen stopped for a piss, a big no-no in the gentleman’s sport. However, riders from Cervelo, Quickstep and other teams claimed it was a reponse to Sky’s tactics of blasting through the feed zone, another taboo, which sent food bags, and nearly sent riders, flying across the tarmac.
“It’s always nice to get a result. It wasn’t about revenge,” he said referring to the attacks on stage 4. “I’m just really satisfied with my form. I didn’t expect to be so good so early in the season it’s good.”
Whatever the case may be, I’m sure Sky would have been happier with the overall and won’t forget this. It will be an interesting season in the peleton. Team Sky, the team with a whole lotta coin in those jersey pockets, didn’t have many friends to begin with, and doesn’t seem to be building any relationships either. Stay tuned!
Stage 6 results
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team__0:25:58
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank__________0:00:17
3 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin – Transitions_________0:00:45
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank__________16:02:52
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team__0:00:28
3 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin – Transitions_________st
Boonen wins stage 5 – Photo: © Bettini
Howard takes stage 4 – Photo: © AFP
Boassen Hagan powers to the stage 3 win – Photo: © Bettini
Finally, Bennati gets one on Stage 2 – Photo: © Bettini
Jimmy Casper takes stage 1 – Photo: © Bettini