Ian Boswell left frustrated after being caught in the closing 500 metres at Tour of Oman

Katusha-Alpecin rider bemoans team tactics for the breakaway's lack of success

Ian Boswell of Team Katusha Alpecin stage four of the Tour of Oman 2019, (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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It was heartbreak for the breakaway at the Tour of Oman on Tuesday, as the three remaining riders were caught in the closing 500 metres of the 131km stage four.

The group had originally comprised five, but the triple ascent of Al Jabal Street saw only three enter the long finishing straight. But with glory so close they could nearly touch it, the bunch swallowed them within sight of the line.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.