The decisive Green Mountain finish is included once again at the Tour of Oman, poised to shake up the general classification by the end of day four. The preceding kilometres of this 177km stage are relatively simple enough and will no doubt give the breakaway time to do their thing before being caught around the base of Green Mountain. The ascent is 7.5km in length and has an agonising 10.7% average gradient, but the concluding 4km are what shall break the legs of many here; the roads reaching as high as 13% before the finish line is within view.
Domenico Pozzovivo has encouraging form upon this testing climb and looks to be in fantastic condition so far in Oman, the Italian will be a strong contender on a finale which plays to his strengths convincingly so. His AG2R La Mondiale teammate Romain Bardet offers a strong dynamic between the two of them on this crucial stage, perhaps one attacking first in order to allow the other to follow on the coat-tails of their rivals; Bardet will need to be watched for sure. Vincenzo Nibali has given us a small indication of his form so far here and will be all too aware that he only needs a few seconds to secure the leader’s jersey today on stage which is within is abilities to perform upon. Other riders such as Serge Pauwels, Dan Martin and Jacques Janse van Rensburg are worth keeping an eye upon too.
1st Domenico Pozzovivo 2nd Dan Martin 3rd Romain Bardet