The 3rd stage of the Ruta del Sol came down to another select group sprint with Oscar Gatto (Tinkoff-Saxo) taking the spoils today. Ben Swift (Team Sky) placed 2nd in the sprint and also took over the race lead, while Raymond Kreder (Roompot) was the rider to finish in 3rd on the stage. Once again Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka put an exciting twist on the final stages of the race, just as they had done during yesterday’s stage. When the early break of 9 riders had been caught around the 22km to go mark, Igor Anton and Omar Fraile both looked to take their.
The 4th stage of the Tour of Oman would be pivotal in the battle for the overall race lead and it was a challenge Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) proved to be up for, as he was first to cross the finish line atop Green Mountain. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) was 2nd and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) rounded out the podium. With the stage ending up the 8km Green Mountain climb that had an average gradient of 10%, everybody knew this is where all the real action would take place. There was an early escape of 10 riders though, but Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka along with.