Preview: Tour of Oman

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The 7th edition of the Tour of Oman is the next appointment on the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka race calendar, starting on Tuesday the 14th and ending on Sunday the 19th. After Edvald Boasson Hagen won 2 stages at last year’s edition of the race, our African Team are hoping for similar success this year.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka head to the Tour of Oman this year with ambitions of stage wins once again but with a concentrated effort on the overall general classification too. To achieve the lofty goals our African Team have set for Oman, we will start with a powerful line-up. Merhawi Kudus will lead our general classification charge while Nathan Haas and Kristian Sbaragli will be on the hunt for stage wins.

In support, Lachlan Morton, Mekseb Debesay, Jay Thomson, Tyler Farrar and Youcef Reguigui will be key to our team’s success. With 4 of the 6 stages teed up to cause time gaps, an exciting race is expected. Kudus proved at the recent Volta a la Valenciana that his climbing legs are in pretty good shape at the moment and so the Green Mountain stage in Oman is a big focus for him and our African Team.

Merhawi Kudus – Rider

The preparation for Oman has gone really well. I have worked well with my coach over the last few months and we have worked on my 30 minute power because the Green Mountain takes around 27 minutes. So I really tried to improve for that and also, I did the stage last year so I know what is a good time. Last year’s result has already given me good motivation to do well this week. We also have a good team here with a nice mix of climbers and sprinters so I hope we get some good results here.