Tour of Oman

Boasson Hagen seals second

Gesink takes overall honours on final day

Last updated: 9th March 2011

Edvald Boasson Hagen secured second place overall and wrapped up the points competition on the final day of the Tour of Oman.

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The Norwegian rolled home in 12th position on the sixth stage, but was able to consolidate his sizeable advantage in the points standings, pulling on the green jersey on the podium for the second year in succession.

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) put his early season troubles behind him to take the day's bunch sprint along the Mattrah Seafront.

Young sprint prospects Denis Galimzyanov (Team Katusha) and Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini) took out the remaining places after a hard week of racing.

Podium finish

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) comfortably maintained his red jersey by over a minute over Boasson Hagen, resigning the Team Sky rider to his second runner-up spot in as many years at the event.

Juan Antonio Flecha also finished another strong's week work in 10th place on the GC.

Packing up the team to head home, sports director Servais Knaven was able to reflect on what had been a successful race for the team.

He said: "Today at the start there was a 4km climb which the riders went up pretty fast and there was already a small break which went away. Around 30 riders were dropped but our riders didn't have any problems.

"The break stayed in front and weren't caught after the climb so they gained up to four or five minutes before the teams started pulling on the front.

"It came to a bunch sprint today. We had the right tactic but there was a crash at 3km before the finish. No Team Sky riders were involved so that was good.

"The team worked for Edvald in the sprint but it was really dangerous and he didn't want to take any risks.

"He won the green jersey and took second in GC. It was a really hard week and you could see he was tired.

"That was also one of the reasons [for not contesting the sprint] I think. When you have good legs you don't see the risks so that was one of the reasons he couldn't be in the top 10. But it was no problem."

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Steve Cox says...

Great effort by EBH , roll on the Classics.

Posted 09:17 21st February 2011

Steve Ward says...

Nice to see EBH riding so strongly in his first race of the season. Hope he stays clear of injury this year and would love to see him land a big one like milan-san remo. I think he is ideally suited to that race as he is capable of getting over the climbs with the leaders and has a better sprint than most at the finish.

Posted 05:42 21st February 2011

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