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Joaquin Rodriguez wins Queen Stage in Oman

By TDW Sport on February 14, 2013

Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT) put behind the worries of impending CAS decision on his team to win the Queen stage of 2013 Tour of Oman. Purito once again demonstrated his appetite for the steep stuff when he crossed the line ahead of Chris Froome (SKY). Birthday boy Cadel Evans (BMC) was also in the mix of things and took his first podium place of the season. It was always going to be the ending in the imposing Jebel Akhdar mountains which defined this race. With 5.8kms at an average gradient of 10.3%, this is an ultimate endurance challenge for these elite riders so early in the season. In the first moments of the climb up Jabal Al Akhdhar, the battle between the top guns started. While Red Jersey Peter Sagan and Bradley Wiggins (SKY) were rapidly dropped, Alberto Contador (TST) powered away. Maybe too early. He was eventually to be caught by team mate Hernandez, Nibali (AST), and Porte (SKY) with 4.5kms to go. In the final 3 kilometres, 8 men gathered together at the front: Froome (SKY), Evans (BMC), Contador, Nibali, Rodriguez (KAT), Elissonde, Jeannesson (both FDJ), Nocentini (ALM) and Tschopp (IAM). Just before the last kilometre, Rodriguez managed to take off. He was never to be caught and captured a fine win ahead of Froome by 4”, Evans by 22” and Contador by 27”. Froome captures the overall leadership with a 24” advantage over Evans and 25” over Contador, and will therefore be wearing the Red Jersey on tomorrow’s 5th stage. Tomorrow’s stage will start at Al Alam Palace in the heart of Muscat and will revisit the impressive series of switch back climbs over the new Bousher-Alamrat road for three ascents. Source: Tour of Oman Press Release. Image: Tim de Waele/Katusha Press Release
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