Stage 3 of Tour of Oman shortened due to ‘exceptional weather conditions’

Uphill finish atop Eastern Mountain has been removed in a shortened 76km route

Clock02:52, Monday 12th February 2024

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The Tour of Oman is known for its warm weather but has been hit by unusually heavy rain

Tour of Oman organisers have altered the route for stage 3 of the race due to extreme weather conditions. The third day was set to conclude with a hilltop finish atop Eastern Mountain but will now end in Al Bustan, while the route has been cut down from the planned 169.3km to 76km, although the full profile hasn’t been revealed.

In a statement on the Tour of Oman’s website, the race organisers confirmed that the decision had been made “to ensure the safety of the riders”.

“Due to the exceptional weather conditions and to ensure the safety of the riders, the Royal Oman Police, Oman Cycling Association and all relevant Omani authorities have worked in collaboration with the commissaires panel of the Union Cycliste Internationale, the representatives of the teams and riders (A.I.G.C.P, C.P.A) and the organisation of the event (A.S.O.) have decided to modify stage 3, Bid Bid - Eastern Mountain, and to propose another shorter and safer stage: Naseem Garden - Al Bustan (76 kilometres),” the statement said.

Oman is currently experiencing high levels of rain and riders got caught up in a deluge in the final hour of racing on stage 2, a rare occurrence at the desert race that not only caused issues for the riders, but also the live coverage which broke up on the final climb, leaving only images from the finish line.

UAE Team EmiratesFinn Fisher-Black emerged victorious on the stage ahead of Luke Lamperti (Soudal-Quick Step) and teammate Diego Ulissi to catapult to the top of the general standings. While the New Zealander only holds a narrow six-second lead, the removal of the Eastern Mountain (4.6km, 8.5%) finish should mean there is little threat on the third stage which will now finish in Al Bustan.

Perhaps a good omen for the 22-year-old, that was also the finishing location for the Muscat Classic where he recently took the win, although the race organisers haven’t confirmed if stage 3 will use the exact same finish.

While stage 4 features a short uphill finish, the main threat to Fisher-Black’s GC lead is now likely to come on the final day’s summit finish atop Green Mountain (5.7km, 10.5%).

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