Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux had the mission to defend the leader’s jersey of Jan Hirt in the sixth and final stage of the Tour d’Oman (2.Pro, 10-15/02) this Wednesday.
One day after the collective demonstration in the queen stage during which the Czech rider conquered the red kit, the line up directed by Valerio Piva again brilliantly accomplished its mission in a stage suited for sprinters.
The five teammates of the red jersey first controlled the advantage of the early breakaway of seven riders and kept it within two minutes, before the contenders in the general classification tried to make use of the two categorized climbs in the second race half.
The World Team stayed united around it’s leader and followed the multiple accelerations in the climbs of Al Hamriyah (0.8km at 9.9%) and Al Jissah (1km at 9.2%) where the early breakaway was caught.
A compact peloton started the three local laps around Matrah Corniche and the stage victory was decided in a bunch sprint. Just like in the opening stage, neo pro Hugo Page was in the mix and took fifth place.
By crossing the line in the same time as the stage winner, Hirt took the victory in the general classification and offered Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux a fourth succes in 2022. His teammate Rein Taaramäe accompanies him in the top ten with an eighth place in the final classification.
Photo credits: ASO / Pauline Ballet / Alex Broadway