The Tour of Oman is the next Middle-East appointment on our race calendar with the UCI 2.HC race starting on Tuesday 13 February. Once again the race will comprise of 6 road stages, finishing on Sunday 18th February.
This years Tour of Oman will see 2 stages suited to the bunch sprinters, 3 undulating stages for opportunists and small bunch sprint specialists and the Queen stage, with the finish at the summit of Green Mountain. Our African Team will send a strong team this years edition of the race, capable of winning on any given day.
For the GC we will have Merhawi Kudus, who showed good signs of form at last weeks Vuelta Valencia. Jacques Janse van Rensburg is also a rider who could feature on the climb up Green Mountain particularly after the strong performance he put in at the weekends national championships. Natnael Berhane, Nic Dougall, Nic Dlamini and Scott Davies will be worthy teammates but could also surprise on the more undulating days.
Mark Cavendish will be our fast finishing option in the event of a group sprint. The Tour of Oman is also a race that has treated our African Team well. We’ve had top 10 GC placings two years in succession, two stage wins in 2016 and Kudus won the the white jersey last year. Our African Team will be hoping for more of the same this year.
Merhawi Kudus – Rider
I am really looking forward to the Tour of Oman, it is a nice race with generally good weather. The climb up Green Mountain is difficult but it is a climb that suits me. I have finished close to the podium on that stage two years in a row and I would like to realise that good result this year. We have a strong team for Oman so a good GC result and stages are both possible for us this week.