After yesterday’s impressive move by Bob Jungels secured him a surprise victory, Stage 2 could once again throw up a shock thanks to its undulating finale. A total of 162km from Omantel Head Office to Quriyat will be undertaken by the riders on the second day in Oman, concluding with a 2.8km ascent (avg 6.5%) to a summit finish poised to lure the puncheurs to the fore once again.
BMC worked tirelessly yesterday in an attempt to tee up Greg Van Avermaet for the win, but came unstuck in the wake of Jungels’ perfectly timed attack. The Belgian will wish to rectify this as soon as possible in order to keep him in the race for the overall title and he no doubt possesses the required form to do so right now. Romain Bardet impressed yesterday when securing himself a third place finish and should be in contention for the win on Stage 2 as well; the lithe climber perhaps calling upon his Liége-Bastogne-Liége skills to push for victory here. A man who hinted towards promising condition yesterday was former World Champion Rui Costa, a rider well worth considering against an uphill finish such as this.
1st Romain Bardet 2nd Rui Costa 3rd Greg Van Avermaet