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Marcel Kittle wins Stage 1 in Tour of Oman by Cor Vos

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Marcel Kittle wins Stage 1 in Tour of Oman

By Cor Vos on February 11, 2013

German sprinter Marcel Kittle (Argos Shimano) won the first stage, 162km, in Tour of Oman which was the team's first win of the 2013 season. In addition to winning the race leader's jersey he also won the green sprint points jersey and the young rider jersey as well. Within the opening kilometers of the race, Bobbie Traksel (Champion System) and Kohei Uchima (Japan) managed to breakaway from the peloton and stretched their lead to nine minutes at the climb of Ar Rustaq. With 30 kilometers of racing remaining, Traksel dropped back to the main peloton while Uchima maintained his lead with 16 kilometers to go till he was reeled in. At the finish, Kittle was lead out by John Degenkolb then Tom Veelers where he managed to beat Davide Appollonio (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) who finished second and third respectively. Tour of Oman has attracted other grand tour contenders including Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff).
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