'Finally!' – Matteo Jorgenson scores first pro victory at the Tour of Oman

JABAL HATT OMAN FEBRUARY 13 LR Stage winner Matteo Jorgenson of The United States and Movistar Team celebrates at finish line with his teammate Carlos Verona Quintanilla of Spain after the 12th Tour of Oman 2023 Stage 3 a 1518km stage from Al Khobar to Jabal Hatt 1000m TourofOman on February 13 2023 in Jabal Hatt Oman Photo by Alex BroadwayGetty Images
Matteo Jorgenson (left) celebrates with his Movistar teammate Carlos Verona after winning stage 3 of the Tour of Oman (Image credit: Alex BroadwayGetty Images)

"Finally!" Matteo Jorgenson half-shouted to himself, half to the world as he wheeled to a halt a few metres after the finish line of stage 3 of the Tour of Oman, with his three-year quest for a first victory at long last at an end.

Fourth on the previous stage's uphill finish had looked very promising for Jorgenson, and on the harder ascent of Jabal Hatt, he managed to make it count when it mattered, soaring away from the group with 200 metres to go.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.