Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung got the Tour of Oman off to a good start with Johann van Zyl being the main protagonist of the first stage. The win however went to Andrea Gaurdini (Astana) with Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep) and Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) in 2nd and 3rd respectively. It was inside the first kilometer of the day that Johann went on the attack with 3 other riders. The quartet built up a good early lead of just over 5 minutes with 50km completed. After passing through the feedzone, Johann tried to inject a bit more life into the move and ended up going away solo..
While part of Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will be racing in Oman this week, another part of the team will head to the Spanish Ruta del Sol as well. The Ruta del Sol runs from 18-22 February and incorporates 6 stages over the 5 days, the opening day consists of a morning road stage and an afternoon time trial. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung happily return to the Ruta del Sol this year after picking up a stage victory at last years edition of the race through Gerald Ciolek. This year Gerald will not be racing but Tyler Farrar will be our sprinting option for the Ruta del Sol..