2013 Tour de France winner and fi’zi:k rider Chris Froome (Team Sky) yesterday won the Tour of Oman title for a second consecutive season.
The defending champion finished 26 seconds ahead of American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing and fellow fi’zi:k saddle user) with Froome’s former Sky teammate Rigoberto Uran (now with Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in third a further 5 seconds back.
‘I still feel like I’ve a lot of work to do – a lot of room for improvement,’ Froome told the Team Sky website, ‘but at this stage of the season, I’m where I need to be. I’ll travel home to Monaco now and take a few days off before honing my condition again for Tirreno-Adriatico in two weeks’ time.’
Anyone who witnessed Froome’s race-winning effort on Saturday’s stage five will question how much ‘work’ the 28-year-old has left to do. He was in impeccable form over the 147.5km stage from BidBid to Jabal Al Akhdhar, which concludes with the showpiece of the entire race – the 5.7km ascent of Green Mountain.
Sky’s Columbian climbing dynamo Sergio Henao launched the team’s first attack with 2km to the mountaintop finish but was reeled in by van Garderen and Robert Gesink (Belkin). However, it paved the way for Froome to bypass the three of them, carving out a 22-second stage win over van Garderen and 33 seconds over Uran.
Froome and his team kept out of trouble on the flatter and final sixth stage from As Sifah to Matrah Corniche (146.5km) to finish in the peloton behind stage winner André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), who powered to his third victory of the race.