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Bryan Coquard pips Mark Cavendish to Tour of Oman stage one win

This article is originally from Cycling Week

Bryan Coquard takes the early race lead after claiming the bunch sprint on the opening day of the 2018 Tour of Oman

Bryan Coquard. Credit: Yuzuru Sunada

French sprinter Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) won the opening stage of the 2018 Tour of Oman on Tuesday, sprinting ahead of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) to take the early race lead.

Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) completed the top three on the opening day of competition in Oman, which comprised 162.5 kilometres from Nizwa to the Sultan Qaboos University.

The 2018 Tour of Oman continues on Wednesday with stage two from Sultan Qaboos University to Al Bustan, covering 167.5 kilometres. There are four major climbs along the way, including the final one of Al Jissah just 5km from the line. The race concludes on Sunday, February 18.

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Tour of Oman 2018, stage one: Nizwa to Sultan Qaboos University, 162.5km
1. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Team
2. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
5. Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
6. Adam Bythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
7. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
8. Bram Welten (Ned) Fortuneo-Samsic
9. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana
10. Boris Vallée (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, all same time

General classification after stage one
1. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Team
2. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data, at 4 secs
3. Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic, at 4 secs
4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo,

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