Tour of Oman 2019 odds
Who wins stage 6 at Tour of Oman 2019?
Who wins Tour of Oman 2019?
Tour of Oman 2019
The Tour of Oman 2019 is a six-stage professional cycling race on the UCI World Tour, starting on the 16th February and finishing on the 21st February. The race consists of a mixture of sprint and hilly stages and will, for the ninth year in a row, feature a summit finish on Green Mountain (Jebel Akhdar).
In its tenth year, the races mixed stages and being held in the early part of the season make the race particularly challenging for the peloton. Given its tough finish on stage five, it’s no surprise that past winners include professional cycling heavy hitters Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team). Team Sky’s Chris Froome won the race two years running in 2013 and 2014.
The 2019 stages
Stage 1 - Al Sawadi Beach › Suhar Corniche (138.5 km)
Stage 2 - Royal Cavalry Oman › Al Bustan (156.5 km)
Stage 3 - Shati Al Qurum › Qurayyat (192.5 km)
Stage 4 - Yiti (Al Sifah) › Oman Convention & Exhibition Center (131 km)
Stage 5 - Samayil › Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain) (152 km)
Stage 6 - Al Mouj Muscat › Matrah Corniche (135.5 km)
The 2019 route opens up with a sprinters stage, finishing with a 1.3 km stretch straight along the seafront. Expect a bunch sprint to take the early race lead.
The sprinters will then take a back seat for stages two and three. Stage two includes a number of climbs, descents and narrow roads, making it perfect for breakaways and aggressive attacking. Stage three finishes with a 2.8 km climb at 6.5%.
Stage four is the shortest of the stages, finishing at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. The cyclists will have to tackle the climb up Al-Jabal Street, averaging an 8% gradient, three times before the finish.
The ‘queen’ stage of the Tour is stage five, which includes the summit climb of Jebel Akhdar - the Green Mountain. The 5.7 km climb at 10.5% gradient is where the race is generally decided.
The sprinters come back into play for the final stage of the Tour of Oman. The flat finish ends at Matrah Corniche.
Tour of Oman favourites
Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) will be one of the favourites given his previous form in the race. In the 2017 edition, he won three of the six stages. Reigning champion Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) will be hoping to hold on to his title but will face tough competition from classics favourite Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team). The mountain stages will also favour the likes of Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) while the flat stages will present an opportunity for the sprinters like Andre Greipel (Team Arkéa Samsic) to get stage wins.