Tour of Oman race lead a 'big big bonus' for Intermarché-Wanty's fight for WorldTour points

JABAL AL AKHDHAR OMAN FEBRUARY 14 Jan Hirt of Czech Republic and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 11th Tour Of Oman 2022 Stage 5 a a 1505km stage from Samail to Jabal Al Akhdhar Green Mountain 1217m TourofOman on February 14 2022 in Jabal Al Akhdhar Oman Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Jan Hirt (Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux) wins atop Green Mountain at the Tour of Oman (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A red jersey on Green Mountain is not what Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert had expected, or planned for, heading into Monday's key stage at the Tour of Oman, but it's what they came away with after Jan Hirt's winning effort on the race's queen stage.

A day after losing over a minute when Fausto Masnada soloed to victory in Muscat, seemingly all but sealing overall victory in the process, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and their Czech leader turned the race on its head once more in the Al Hajar mountains.

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.