Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory on Tour of Oman stage one

The Norwegian won the opening stage of the desert race as Tom Boonen crashed out of contention with 700m to go

Alexander Kristoff wins stage one of the 2017 Tour of Oman.

(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images)

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) won the opening stage of the Tour of Oman 2017 in a sprint finish ahead of Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida).

It's Kristoff's second win of the season after winning a stage at the Etoile de Bessèges in early February and a good indicator of form as he builds towards Milan-San Remo and the Classics season.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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