The 5th stage of the Tour of Oman was set to be another great battle but the weather god’s had other ideas. The peloton was greeted by a tremendous sandstorm at the stage start which forced organisers to delay the start and start proceedings further down the race course. After the restart took place, riders came in to new troubles during the neutral zone when numerous punctures plagued the field. The 40 degree temperature and sandy roads had caused the riders rims to heat up excessively during the descents causing blowouts at high speed. The riders brought the race to a halt once again to.

How did you get into cycling? What was your first bike? All of us are familiar with these kind of questions. Fair enough to ask our riders. Steve Cummings, Theo Bos, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Youcef Reguigui were the first ones to share their secret with us – with some interesting answers. Be sure to watch the video!.

  The 4th stage of the Ruta del Sol saw an epic battle between Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the stages final climb. Froome went on to win the stage ahead of Contador with Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) in 3rd place on the day. Froome would take over the race leaders jersey from Contador by a mere 1 second.  Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were once again looking to Merhawi Kudus for a top result as the race would finish at the top of the Alto de Allanadas cat 1 climb. As part of the plan for the stage, Nicholas Dougall placed.