Boasson Hagen wins 5th stage of Tour of Oman

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Muscat—Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the fifth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Oman in Muscat on Saturday.
The Dimension Data rider edged Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet and Marco Canola of Italy in a sprint finish to the 119.5km run from Sifah to the Tourism Ministry building.
Astana team leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the overall lead, 15 seconds ahead of Frenchman Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and 24 seconds better than teammate Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark
Janse van Rensburg was clearly the strongest in the break as he took all four King of the Mountain primes on offer and his accelerations on the penultimate climb dropped Houle while Weening was also distanced, but would later return on the descent. With the South African climber forcing the pace up front, the peloton had its work cut out to try and reel the escapees back.
Astana and Bora were the two teams having to do all the chasing as Boasson Hagen and the rest of the African Team could conserve energy in the peloton. While the peloton was slowly bringing Janse van Rensburg and Weening back, the effort it required certainly took its toll on the group as a number of riders were getting dropped over the three shark tooth climbs of the day.
This played perfectly into the Team Dimension Data’s hands with Janse van Rensburg up the road and Boasson Hagen now in a reduced group with still a number of teammates to support him. With 10km to go, the gap to Weening and Janse van Rensburg had dropped to 45 seconds. It would be touch and go for the former South African champion but in the end he came up 2km short of the line. The catch of the break then prompted the African Team to deliver Boasson Hagen to the line and they did this in fine fashion.—APP/AFP