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Froome takesTour of Oman
By Mark Sharon
Date: 2/17/2013
Froome takesTour of Oman

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Oman Sunday 17 February 2013: Froome secures overall win at the Tour of Oman

1 – Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) – FDJ - 3:24:20
2 – Matthew Goss (AUS) – Orica-GreenEDGE - +0
3 – Taylor Phinney (USA) – BMC Racing - +0

1 – Chris Froome (GBR) – Team Sky - 23:28:33
2 – Alberto Contador (ESP) – Team Saxo-Tinkoff - +27
3 – Cadel Evans (AUS) – BMC Racing - +39

Sky's Kenyan born Chris Froome wrapped up his first stage-race victory after safely negotiating the final day of the Tour of Oman.

The 27-year-old Briton crossed the line at the Matrah Corniche in Muscat as part of the peloton to consolidate a 27-second triumph over Spain’s Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), with Australia’s Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) 12 seconds further back in third.

The win was a landmark one for Froome but also a special one for Team Sky, who helped guide the Brit to the finish after working hard throughout the race to capture and then defend the red jersey. A victory on stage five and a consistent run of finishes also laid the foundations for Froome to take the points jersey.

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) took top honours on the final stage, sprinting to victory ahead of Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) at the end of a 144-kilometre final day that had started in Hawit Nagam Park, south-east of the Omani capital.

The victory gives an early season impetus to the duel between Froome and Bradley Wiggins for the honour of leading Sky at the the major Tours this year.

Chris Froome, Team Sky Rider:

"It’s been an incredibly successful week for us this week. The team has rallied around me all the way and having guys of the calibre of Bradley Wiggins helping you to win a race makes it a hell of a lot easier to be up there when the going gets tough. The guys have done a sterling job this week and been around me when it’s counted. Luckily I’ve been able to come up with the goods and finish it off at the end of the stages. This is still very early days at the moment and early on in the season. This was a preparation event and a good test to see how the winter training has gone so far. I’m quite confident that I’m on track at the moment and right where I need to be with my preparations in view of being ready at 100 per cent for the Tour de France."

Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Team Principal:

"It's good to get the win, especially when you look at the quality of the field here. We're happy that the team's been able to get off to a strong start again this year and this result allows us to build momentum. It's an important result too for Chris as he's been able to get his first major stage race victory - that will boost his confidence. He didn't put a foot wrong all week so it's been a good start to the year from him. The team rode well to support him and it's great to be able to integrate the new riders, which is something that developed throughout the week. It was good for Joe [Dombrowski] to get his professional career under way and to come through six days of racing having contributed to the team. It's February and now is the time to build. It's nice to have that platform but we need to consolidate that and build on it."

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