Australians Nathan Haas and Lachlan Morton are among the eight riders selected by Dimension Data for the Tour of Oman as it looks for a high placing with climber Merhawi Kudus.
Cycling Central

Cycling Central
14 Feb 2017 - 11:50 AM 

The 14-19 February six-stage race will cover almost 900km of scenic terrain in the oil-rich Sultanate which sits on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Haas and Morton will join Kudus, Kristian Sbaragli, Mekseb Debesay, Jay Thomson, Tyler Farrar and Youcef Reguigui at the start line in the capital Muscat. 

The South African based WorldTour outfit will place its general classification hopes on Eritrean climber Kudus while the always energetic Haas and Sbaragli will be on the hunt for stage wins.

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Kudus proved his climbing credentials after finishing in 10th place overall at the hilly Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (won by Nairo Quintana of Movistar) and like all the climbers present in Oman will target the 152km Green Mountain (Jabal Al Akhdhar) Queen stage on the penultimate day of the race.

"The preparation for Oman has gone really well," Kudus said. "I have worked well with my coach over the last few months and we have worked on my 30-minute power because the Green Mountain takes around 27 minutes.

"So I really tried to improve for that and also, I did the stage last year so I know what is a good time. Last year's result has already given me good motivation to do well this week.

"We also have a good team here with a nice mix of climbers and sprinters so I hope we get some good results here."

The 8th edition of the Tour of Oman is held in and around the Municipality of Muscat with some of the world’s top riders such as Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Romain Bardet (AG2R), Fabio Aru (Astana), Tom Boonen and Bob Jungels (both Quick-Step Floors) on the rider list.

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