Jungels claims the first stage in Oman after solo attack

Bob Jungels claimed his first win in his new colours on the first stage of the Tour of Oman. Having made it into a 16-rider front group on the final climb, he attacked with 2km to go and managed to hold off lone chaser Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r) to take both the stage victory and the overall lead.

“We did the recon yesterday and I told the mechanics to put a 55-tooth on the front for the descent. I planned this attack for two days, even longer, so I’m happy with it,” Jungels said after pulling on the leader’s red jersey. “My objective was to win a stage and I’ve done that now. Tomorrow it might be hard to defend my lead but we have Dan Martin who could be really good on Green Mountain. We’ll keep taking it day by day.”

Richie Porte, a pre-race favourite, saw his general classification ambitions dealt an almost fatal blow as he lost 3:24, having found himself in difficulty on the on the Al Jissah climb – the second and more severe of the two.

Tour of Oman 2016 – stage 1 results (Oman Exhibition Center – Al Bustan):

1 Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep)


2 Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)


3 Romain Bardet (AG2R)


4 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


5 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)


6 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)


7 Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida)


8 Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


9 Floris De Tier (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)


10 Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)  ,,