Ryan Gibbons followed up the team’s excellent work in stage one to finish third in stage two of the Tour of Oman.
Alexey Lutsenko – the race’s defending champion – won the stage by three seconds with Alexander Kristoff winning the sprint for second, after his victory on the opening day.
The result sees Gibbons take over the white jersey for the leading young rider in the race by four seconds ahead of Elie Gesbert, while he currently is third in the General Classification.
He said it
“(It was a) Pretty good stage, quite a technical finish with a bit of a climb towards the end which was a bit stressful and the team was really, really strong. I think we had five riders in the reduced peloton of maybe 30. So that’s really, really positive for the remainder of the week.
“Lutsenko unfortunately stayed away so I committed quite early in the sprint – Gaspa did a good lead out – and I went with about 300m to go. I just couldn’t catch him and then I got passed on the line, but 3rd placed nonetheless. I’m happy with that and it definitely gives us confidence for the upcoming stages and I’m 3rd on GC and in the white jersey so, not too bad.” – Ryan Gibbons