The Tour of Oman will host at least four Grand Tour hopefuls in February, including Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin Borut Bozic and Nibali in a sandstorm on stage five of the 2015 Tour of Oman Grand Tour hopefuls Vincenzo Nibali , Richie Porte, Romain Bardet and Tom Dumoulin will be among the starters of the Tour of Oman (February 16-21).
Defending champion Rafael Valls will also return with his new team Lotto-Soudal, having taken the leader’s jersey on the queen stage to the Green Mountain.
The route up the mountain – the defining climb of the race in its seven year history – is now 1.8km longer, bringing the total distance to 7.5km at an average gradient of 10.7 per cent.
Dumoulin and Nibali will be using the testing six-stage race to prepare for May’s Giro d’Italia , while the race fits into Porte and Bardet’s long build-up to the Tour de France in May.
Two-time winner Chris Froome will be absent, however, with Team Sky preferring not to send a team to the race in 2016.
2016 Tour of Oman stages Tuesday 16 February, stage 1: Oman Exhibition Center > Al Bustan, 145.5 km Wednesday 17 February, stage 2: […]