Team UAE Abu Dhabi will return to the Arabian Peninsula to line up in the Tour of Oman which runs from 14-19 February and they will be led by 2013 World Champion Rui Costa.
Costa will be supported by Moroccan champion Anass Ait el Abdia, Roberto Ferrari, Marko Kump, Sacha Modolo, UAE champion Yousef Mohamed Mirza, Marco Marcato and Federico Zurlo.
The Portuguese rider will be focusing on the key fifth stage which finishes on Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain). In last year’s stage to the same summit finish, Costa finished 5th, the same position he finished overall. Last month, he competed in the Tour de San Juan, where he also finished 5th overall.
For the flat stages, Sacha Modolo will be hoping for some good results. The sprinter nabbed some top tens in the recent Dubai Tour and will be looking for his first win of the season. Slovenian rider Marko Kump is also in good form having finished in 3rd and 4th on stages of the Herald Sun Tour last month.
1st stage, Tuesday 14 February, Al Sawadi Beach-Naseem Park, 176.5 km
2nd stage, Wednesday 15 February, Nakhal-Al Bustan, 145.5 km
3rd stage, Thursday 16 February, Sultan Qaboos University-Quriyat, 162 km
4th stage, Friday 17 February, Yiti-Ministry of Tourism, 118 km
5th stage, Saturday 18 February, Sama’il-Jabal al Akhdar, 152.5 km
6th stage, Sunday 19 February, The Wave Muscat-Matrah Corniche, 130.5 km