Vansevenant on the podium in Oman

Vansevenant on the podium in Oman

Mauri Vansevenant battled the scorching heat and the leg-sapping gradients of Jabal Hatt en route to an impressive second place on the toughest stage of the Tour of Oman so far, which changed the red jersey wearer and widened the gaps between the general classification contenders.

A finish used for the first time at the race, Jabal Hatt averaged 7.7% over 4.6 kilometers, but the steepest part came in the last kilometer. The climb was so gruelling that until the closing 500 meters there was no need for any attacks to reduce the field, the biting gradient taking care of this. Only a handful of riders were left in the mix by the time the gradient eased, and Mauri was again there for Soudal Quick-Step, just as he had been in Qurayyat, twenty-four hours before.

A sustained, lung-bursting effort on Monday’s windy finale helped Vansevenant come through in second place, behind Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar), and move onto the overall podium of the Tour of Oman, just six seconds behind the new leader.

“I’m both happy and disappointed with today’s result. It’s never nice when you finish runner-up, but at the same time I am satisfied with my form on this difficult climb, which we rode full gas from the early slopes. I gave everything in the end and this is wht I could do. I will continue fighting and hopefully I will get a strong overall result on Wednesday”, Mauri explained after his first podium of the season.

 

Photo credit: ©A.S.O. /Oman Cycling Association/ Pauline Ballet

Race details

1 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
3:33:51
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Soudal - Quick Step
0:01
3 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R Citroën Team
0:03
4 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:03
5 Cian Uijtdebroeks
BORA - hansgrohe
0:03
6 Victor Langellotti
Burgos-BH
0:03
7 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Circus - Wanty
0:03
8 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:07
9 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
0:09
10 Maxim Van Gils
Lotto Dstny
0:11
15 Jan Hirt
Soudal - Quick Step
0:19
39 Fausto Masnada
Soudal - Quick Step
1:53
80 Bert Van Lerberghe
Soudal - Quick Step
6:05
82 Jordi Warlop
Soudal - Quick Step
6:05
83 Tim Merlier
Soudal - Quick Step
6:05
86 Josef Černý
Soudal - Quick Step
6:30
1 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
11:25:48
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Soudal - Quick Step
0:05
3 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R Citroën Team
0:14
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
0:15
5 Maxim Van Gils
Lotto Dstny
0:15
6 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
0:16
7 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Circus - Wanty
0:18
8 Victor Langellotti
Burgos-BH
0:18
9 Cian Uijtdebroeks
BORA - hansgrohe
0:18
10 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:18
15 Jan Hirt
Soudal - Quick Step
0:34
38 Fausto Masnada
Soudal - Quick Step
2:32
62 Jordi Warlop
Soudal - Quick Step
8:13
82 Tim Merlier
Soudal - Quick Step
11:10
85 Bert Van Lerberghe
Soudal - Quick Step
11:20
94 Josef Černý
Soudal - Quick Step
13:13
1 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
22 pt
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Soudal - Quick Step
18 pt
3 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
15 pt
4 Tim Merlier
Soudal - Quick Step
15 pt
5 Maxim Van Gils
Lotto Dstny
13 pt
6 David Dekker
Team Arkéa Samsic
12 pt
7 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
11 pt
8 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
9 Axel Zingle
Cofidis
9 pt
10 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R Citroën Team
9 pt
1 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
11:25:48
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Soudal - Quick Step
0:05
3 Maxim Van Gils
Lotto Dstny
0:15
4 Cian Uijtdebroeks
BORA - hansgrohe
0:18
5 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Dstny
0:40
6 Michel Ries
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:20
7 Pelayo Sánchez Mayo
Burgos-BH
1:44
8 Mario Aparicio Muñoz
Burgos-BH
1:44
9 Magnus Kulset
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
1:57
10 Pablo Castrillo Zapater
Equipo Kern Pharma
2:04
1 BORA - hansgrohe 34:19:12
2 AG2R Citroën Team 0:41
3 Intermarché - Circus - Wanty 0:46
4 Team Arkéa Samsic 0:50
5 Soudal - Quick Step 1:29
6 Burgos-BH 1:58
7 Movistar Team 2:21
8 Lotto Dstny 2:26
9 UAE Team Emirates 3:04
10 Equipo Kern Pharma 4:21

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