Quick Step Floors have announced a strong team for next week’s eighth edition of the Tour of Oman. The route for the six-day race includes thirteen classified climbs and a mountain top finish. The challenging course will provide plenty of opportunities to sprinters, attackers and climbers alike and the Belgian team have selected a line-up that can compete on all stages.
This year’s Queen stage will once again be the one finishing at the top of Jabal Al Akhdhar, “the Green Mountain”, a 5.7-kilometre Hors Catégorie ascent averaging 10.5% which is set to feature on the penultimate day of the race.
A stage winner at the previous edition, when a daring attack on the final descent to Al Bustan allowed him to take his maiden victory in the Quick-Step Floors jersey, 24-year-old Bob Jungels returns to the start, thus continuing his adventure in the Middle East, after recently concluding the Dubai Tour, where he was a quintessential part of Marcel Kittel’s lead-out train.
Following a successful campaign in Argentina, where he kicked off his season in spectacular style at the Vuelta a San Juan by becoming the first ever road rider to win a race on a disc brake-equipped bike, Tom Boonen will be another important rider of the Quick-Step Floors setup, which will also include Eros Capecchi, David De La Cruz – who’s coming off the back of a strong Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana – Laurens De Plus, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert and Niki Terpstra.
Quick Step Floors Team
Tom Boonen (BEL)
Eros Capecchi (ITA)
David De La Cruz Melgarejo (ESP)
Laurens De Plus (BEL)
Bob Jungels (LUX)
Iljo Keisse (BEL)
Yves Lampaert (BEL)
Niki Terpstra (NED)
14.02.17 Stage 1 Al Sawadi Beach – Naseem Park 176.5 km
15.02.17 Stage 2 Nakhal – Al Bustan 145.5 km
16.02.17 Stage 3 Sultan Qaboos University – Quriyat 162.0 km
17.02.17 Stage 4 Yiti (As Sifah) – Ministry Of Tourism 118.0 km
18.02.17 Stage 5 Sama’il – Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain) 152.5 km
19.02.17 Stage 6 The Wave, Muscat – Matrah Corniche 130.5 km