2019 Tour of Oman: Lutsenko defends title

February 24, 2019

Astana's Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko retained the overall title at the 2019 Tour of Oman, which concluded with the sixth and final 135.5km stage between Al Mouj Muscat and Muttrah Corniche on Thursday.

The final stage of the Tour came down to a bunch sprint, with Dimension Data’s Giacomo Nizzolo taking the honours. The Italian was led out by teammate Ryan Gibbons, who finished fifth.

Nizzolo managed to pip compatriot Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) into second place, with another Italian, Davide Ballerini (Astana) in third.

Lutsenko was the dominant rider throughout this edition. He took the overall lead in stage three and did not relinquish it while winning two further stages, including Wednesday’s queen stage to Jebel Akhdar.

The day, however, was not without incident. Winner on the final stage for the preceding three years, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was caught in a crash and forced to abandon with an injured knee, while Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) suffered severe road rash, apparently in the same incident, but continued to finish second overall.

Overall standings [top five]: 1 Alexey Lutsenko (21hr:45m:51s), 2 Domenico Pozzovivo (+44s), 3 Jesús Herrada (Cofidis, +47s), 4 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates, +53s), 5 Élie Gesbert (Arkea-Samsic, +1m:03s).