International Cycling

Froome sweeps to Oman lead

2014-02-22 16:00
Chris Froome (File)
Oman - Britain's Tour de France champion Christopher Froome moved a step closer to retaining his Tour of Oman crown on Saturday when he took the overall lead after winning the fifth stage.

The 28-year-old Kenyan-born rider took over from Friday's fourth-stage winner, Slovakia's Peter Sagan, at the head of the overall standings.

Froome came home ahead of American Tejay van Garderen and Colombian Rigoberto Uran on the stage which finished at Jabal Al Akhdar, on the side of the Green Mountain.

The Team Sky leader is 26 seconds clear of Van Garderen ahead of Sunday's final stage, which finishes on the Corniche at Muscat.

"I am really very, very happy because it was an extremely difficult climb and to win this stage means you always also take a huge psychological advance on the others," said Froome.

"The goal today (Saturday) was to see where I was in terms of race fitness.

"I got positive answers to my questions. It is an agreeable feeling to be ahead of schedule so early in the season.

Froome, though, said that it was too early to draw any conclusions as to the defence of his Tour title.

"To win here has merely psychological value more than anything else," he said.

"The Tour is still a long way away. But morale-wise with regard to the competition, it is true that does me good."

Results of the Tour of Oman fifth and penultimate stage, a 147.5km ride from Muscat to Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain) on Saturday:

1. Christopher Froome (GBR/Sky), 3hr 49min 53sec, 2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) at 22s, 3. Rigoberto Uran (COL) at 33s, 4. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP) at 38s, 5. Robert Gesink (NED) at 47s, 6. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) at 51s, 7. Arnold Jeannesson (FRA) at 56s, 8. Romain Bardet (FRA) at 59s, 9. Sergio Henao (COL) at 1min 09s, 10. Roman Kreuziger (CZE) at 1min 15s.

Overall standings

1. Christopher Froome (GBR/Sky), 18hr 36min 45sec, 2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) at 26s, 3. Rigoberto Uran (COL) at 31s, 4. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP) at 48s, 5. Robert Gesink (NED) at 57s, 6. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) at 1min 01s, 7. Sergio Henao (COL) at 1min 19s, 8. Roman Kreuziger (CZE) at 1min 55s, 9. Johann Tschopp (SUI) at 1min 32s, 10. Daniel Moreno (ESP) at 1min 34s.

Read more on:    cycling

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.