The Muscat Classic, a 5-day stage race at the Tour of Oman (2.Pro), fell to UAE rider Finn Fischer-Block. The 22-year-old from New Zealand was out of the grasp of the sprinting group on the uphill finish line. Amuri Gabiot finished 3rd and Arjen Liviens 8th.
Finn Fisher-Black rode a good Vuelta last year and, as a neo-pro, already achieved his first professional victory at the Tour of Sicily. At the start of this new season, he confirms the good.
He was able to ride solo to victory after 174 km between Al Mauj Muscat and Al Bustan. The chasing group finished in 4 seconds.
American Luke Lamberti, at 21, a young talent from the Soudal-Quick Step, raced to second place, allowing Gabiot on the podium.
Three riders, a Malaysian, an Indonesian and a Japanese, colored the day. Their lead was erased after more than 12 minutes under Thomas de Gent's (Lotto-Distney) spur.
German player Emil Herzog competed alone in the final. At the start of the last 10km the peloton broke into two and Herzog had 5km to go.
Fisher-Black saw her moment coming and began a solo over 4km. It was mainly downhill with a bit of a climb at the end. The 22-year-old continued her efforts and came in behind Jenthe Biermans in the honors list.
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