The 2018 Tour of Oman (February 13-18) will see some of the world’s top riders compete over six stages in the Middle East.
The race, which is a 2.HC event on the UCI Asia Tour, offers a varied parcours with stages for every type of rider, and has therefore attracted some pretty big names.
With at least three of the six stages being for the sprinters, there is a strong field of fastmen, including Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).
However, the race overall will likely be decided on the summit finish to Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain) on stage five, where the general classification hopefuls can make their mark.
Among the other big names on the start list are Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) who will hope to excel on the lumpier stages on the second and fourth days.
The 2018 Tour of Oman continues on Sunday with the final stage from Al Mouj Muscat to Matrah Corniche covering 135.5km. A fast stage is expected, which should end with a bunch sprint to give the likes of Cavendish, Coquard, Bouhanni and Kristoff a chance for glory.