Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) was forced to quit the 2015 Tour of Oman on Thursday after being involved in a mass pile-up that also caught out a swathe of his team-mates and riders from Giant-Alpecin.
Crashes aside, the flat, hot and dusty stage was tightly controlled by the peloton, with a three-man escape group given little in the way of room as the race reached its final 20 kilometres with the pace driven on by the sprinters’ teams.
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) prevailed in the bunch sprint to the line in Al Mussanah Sports City, adding another victory to his collection of three stage wins from the preceding Tour of Qatar.