Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Mark Cavendish clinched his second top-three finish of the year as he finished second in the opening stage of the Tour of Oman. The stage was won in a bunch sprint by Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) with Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) third and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) in fourth. This result follows on Cavendish’s stage three victory at the recent Dubai Tour. The 162.5km stage from Nizwa to Sultan Qaboos University saw an early breakaway of four riders stay away for most of the day. Maxime Farazijn (SVB), Pierre Luc Perichon (FST) Conor Dunne (ABS)) and Brian Van Goethem (RNL) managed to.