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Feb 20, 2016 – Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the fifth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Oman in Muscat on Saturday. The Dimension Data rider edged Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet and Marco Canola of Italy in a sprint finish to the 119.5km run from Sifah to the Tourism Ministry building.
AFP/Kåre Dehlie Thorstad
“My goal is to be in good form for the classics,” said the 28-year-old stage winner. Astana team leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the overall leader’s red jersey, 15 seconds ahead of Frenchman Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and 24 seconds better than teammate Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark.
“We were able to block any attacks, we were very careful,” observed former Tour de France champion Nibali. Sunday’s final stage starts at The Wave Muscat and ends on the Matrah Corniche after a run of 130.5kms.
Final kilometers of Stage 5
Results Stage 5:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Not) Dimension Data 3:05:32
2. Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
3. Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare
4. Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi
5. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx-QuickStep
6. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Stölting Service Group
7. Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) Katusha
8. Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
9. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 19:24:07
2. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:15
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:24
4. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:40
5. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida 0:00:54
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:01:06
7. Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:01:31
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:38
9. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 0:01:41
10. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:01:59