Lutsenko secures overall victory for Astana at Tour of Oman

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) secured overall victory at the Tour of Oman, as Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) won the bunch sprint of the final stage ahead of Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo).

Lutsenko set up his overall victory with top three finishes on three of the six stages. He moved into the race lead thanks to finishing second behind Astana teammate Miguel Angel Lopez on the finish atop the Green Mountain on stage five.

Kristoff's sprint win was his first for his new UAE Team Emirates squad and also his third consecutive win on the Matrah Corniche. He hit out early on the fast, slightly downhill finish, holding off Coquard who threw his bike at the line.

"I think I've sprinted on the Corniche nine times because I've done every edition of the Tour of Oman. I know exact how to do the sprint because I've done it so many times. I've lost it many times before I started to win but I think I've cracked the code on how to win it now," Kristoff explained.

"Today we had a good meeting with my teammates and they knew exactly what we wanted to do in the final kilometres and we did it more or less perfectly. Then I know I'm a hard man to beat in this type of race.

"I'm very happy how the team raced and brought me to the front and that I was able to finish it off. It's important to win and I was the first win with my new team so I'm very happy."

A sprint on the Matrah Corniche

As per tradition, the final stage of the Tour of Oman was a short at just 135km, with an expected final chance for the sprinters.

Shortly after the start in Al Mouj Muscat, Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors), Maxime Farazijn (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Pim Ligthart (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) & Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) got away to form the break of the day. Their gap stabilized at around 4:30.

It didn't hold however and after 60km had fallen to 3:25. It dropped again as the race hit the first of two climbs on the day. Meurisse claimed the points there, ahead of Ligthart and Ferrari. Shortly before the second climb, Ferrari took the intermediate sprint, followed by Farazijn and Ligthart.

Adam Blythe of Aqua Blue Sports had hoped to win the stage but never had the chance. He was disqualified from the race for an irregular bike change during this final stage.

Cavagna was first to the summit of the final climb ahead of Meurisse and Ferrari, and that was when the stage turned serious. The break started shedding members and with 33km to go, the gap was down to 50 seconds. The stage was still rolling, with Katusha-Alpecin and BMC pushed the pace, hoping to crack some of the sprinters.

Sensing the break was about to be caught, Cavagna jumped from the lead group, with only Ligthart able to follow, with 25km to go. The stage ended with three laps of a 7.5km course on the spectacular Muttrah Corniche. The two leaders crossed the finish line for the first time with former break group riders at 0:35 and the field at 1:15.

The peloton caught the chasers on that first lap, and the two leaders had a lead of 1:00. With 10km to go, Cavagna went solo but the field was only 30 seconds behind and in hot pursuit. He hung on to that lead, with s25 seconds still in hand at the 5km marker. It wasn't to be however, and he was caught by the onrushing peloton with only 2.5km left.

The pace was so high that it split the peloton. As expected, it came down to a fast sprint, with Kristoff finally getting that important first win for UAE Team Emirates. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates3:11:29
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 1 - Cell 2
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Magnus Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro teamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 4 - Cell 2
6Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 5 - Cell 2
7Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 6 - Cell 2
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 8 - Cell 2
10Floris Gerts (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse LoterijRow 9 - Cell 2
11Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 10 - Cell 2
12Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 11 - Cell 2
13Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditRow 13 - Cell 2
15Maxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 14 - Cell 2
16Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro teamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 19 - Cell 2
21Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jacques Willem Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 21 - Cell 2
23Moreno Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro teamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 23 - Cell 2
25Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 24 - Cell 2
26Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 28 - Cell 2
30Yannis Yssaad (Fra) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 29 - Cell 2
31Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 31 - Cell 2
33Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 32 - Cell 2
34Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse LoterijRow 33 - Cell 2
35Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 34 - Cell 2
36Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 36 - Cell 2
38Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 37 - Cell 2
39Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 38 - Cell 2
40Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 39 - Cell 2
41Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 40 - Cell 2
42Justin Oien (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 41 - Cell 2
43Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 42 - Cell 2
44Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 44 - Cell 2
46Edward Theuns (Bel) Team SunwebRow 45 - Cell 2
47Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse LoterijRow 46 - Cell 2
48Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 47 - Cell 2
49Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 48 - Cell 2
50Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally CyclingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 50 - Cell 2
52Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 51 - Cell 2
53Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse LoterijRow 52 - Cell 2
54Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 53 - Cell 2
55Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditRow 55 - Cell 2
57Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 56 - Cell 2
58Mcnally Mark (GBr) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 57 - Cell 2
59Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro teamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 59 - Cell 2
61Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro teamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 62 - Cell 2
64Danilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 63 - Cell 2
65Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 64 - Cell 2
66Nicolas Edet (Fra)Cofidis, Solutions CreditRow 65 - Cell 2
67Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 66 - Cell 2
68Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Johannes Fröhlinger 9Ger) Team SunwebRow 68 - Cell 2
70Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) UAE Team EmiratesRow 69 - Cell 2
71Matarranz Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro teamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditRow 71 - Cell 2
73Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:24
74Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:35
75Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:47
76Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credit0:00:55
77Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditRow 76 - Cell 2
78Jon Irisarri Rincon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:05
79Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:01:11
80Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:22
81Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 80 - Cell 2
82Adam De Vos (Can) Rally CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:27
84Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 83 - Cell 2
85Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Alberdi Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:01:31
88Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:07
89Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 88 - Cell 2
90Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 90 - Cell 2
92Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Kristijan Ðurasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates0:02:11
94Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit0:02:13
95Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 94 - Cell 2
96Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 95 - Cell 2
97Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro team0:02:39
98Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:52
99Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 98 - Cell 2
100Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team SunwebRow 99 - Cell 2
101Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept ClubRow 100 - Cell 2
102Danny Pate (USA) Rally CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
103Eric Young (USA) Rally CyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
104Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 103 - Cell 2
105Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:22
106Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:03:28
107Bram Welten (Ned) Fortuneo-Samsic0:03:38
108Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:03:53
109Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:04:13
110Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:04:30
112Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue SportRow 111 - Cell 2
113Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:05:40
114Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept Club0:05:42
115Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:08:04
116Tyler Magner (USA) Rally Cycling0:08:27
DNFJean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFScott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFArtijn Tusveld (Ned) Team SunwebRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 119 - Cell 2
DSQAdam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFCharles Bradley Huff (USA) Rally CyclingRow 121 - Cell 2
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Points Classification - Al Jissah - 97km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3pts
2Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Matrah Corniche (2nd crossing of the finish line) - 120.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors3pts
2Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kristijan Ðurasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Matrah Corniche - 135.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates15pts
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Magnus Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro team7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Floris Gerts (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magnus Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro team3:11:29
2Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 2 - Cell 2
4Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 3 - Cell 2
5Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 4 - Cell 2
6Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 5 - Cell 2
7Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 6 - Cell 2
8Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 7 - Cell 2
9Moreno Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro teamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Yannis Yssaad (Fra) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 10 - Cell 2
12Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 12 - Cell 2
14Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 13 - Cell 2
15Justin Oien (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 14 - Cell 2
16Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 15 - Cell 2
17Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 17 - Cell 2
19Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 18 - Cell 2
20Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 19 - Cell 2
21Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 21 - Cell 2
23Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:35
24Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:47
25Jon Irisarri Rincon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:05
26Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:22
27Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 26 - Cell 2
28Adam De Vos (Can) Rally CyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:27
30Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:02:07
31Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:02:13
32Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:52
33Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 32 - Cell 2
34Bram Welten (Ned) Fortuneo-Samsic0:03:38
35Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:03:53
36Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:04:30
37Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:08:04
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Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quick - Step Floors9:34:27
2Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3UAE Team EmiratesRow 2 - Cell 2
4Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 3 - Cell 2
5Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 4 - Cell 2
6BMC Racing TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Bahrain - MeridaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 7 - Cell 2
9Team Katusha AlpecinRow 8 - Cell 2
10Team Dimension DataRow 9 - Cell 2
11Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 10 - Cell 2
12Trek - SegafredoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 12 - Cell 2
14Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 13 - Cell 2
15Aqua Blue SportRow 14 - Cell 2
16Team SunwebRow 15 - Cell 2
17Vital Concept Cycling Club0:01:11
18Rally Cycling0:04:14
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Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro team22:49:50
2Moreno Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro team0:00:11
3Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:00:28
4Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credit0:00:30
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:32
6Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:01:05
7Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credit0:01:14
8Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:24
9Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data0:01:29
10Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:01:37
11Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:54
12Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:02
13Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 12 - Cell 2
14Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:15
15Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:02:16
16Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:17
17Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:02:34
18Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:03:06
19Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:03:15
20Nicolas Edet (Fra)Cofidis, Solutions CreditRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:48
22Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Fortuneo-Samsic0:05:40
23Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data0:05:45
24Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:05:47
25Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:06:23
26Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:30
27Floris Gerts (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:06:42
28Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro team0:07:18
29Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:07:36
30Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:08:05
31Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:08:06
32Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:09:08
33Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:09:23
34Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:09:29
35Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) UAE Team Emirates0:09:41
36Edward Theuns (Bel) Team Sunweb0:10:29
37Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:10:31
38Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors0:11:27
39Danilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:11:35
40Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:12:13
41Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:12:15
42Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro team0:12:18
43Jacques Willem Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:12:27
44Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:13:10
45Matarranz Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro team0:13:21
46Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:13:28
47Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:14:36
48Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:14:37
49Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:14:44
50Jon Irisarri Rincon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:15:07
51Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:16:39
52Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:16:50
53Magnus Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro team0:17:06
54Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:18:10
55Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:18:58
56Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 55 - Cell 2
57Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:18:59
58Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:19:22