The Tour of Oman rolled out for its fifth edition, with Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) powering to his fourth victory of the season in Naseem Garden.
His win – having bounced back from a scare in the crosswinds and then being boxed in during the final run-in – once again highlighted the phenomenal talent of the Lotto-Belisol team.
Despite the crosswinds there were no major losers in terms of the GC though – although the old adage of ‘you can’t win the race on stage one, but you can certainly lose it’ almost rang true as Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) momentarily found himself in a trailing group.
But what have we learned from the first stage of the six-day Tour?
Read on for our observations and add your own in the RCUK Forum.