Tour of Oman
Following our successful sponsorship of the first two editions of the Tour de Yorkshire we are very pleased to be once again working with the ASO designing and providing the four leaders' jerseys for the race.
The design of the jerseys was inspired by the geometric patterns of classical Arabian architecture and will be unveiled in full prior to the race.
• The peloton will tackle six stages totalling 914.5 kilometres through the heart of the landscapes of the Sultanate of Oman.
• The ninth Tour of Oman will be the eighth consecutive edition of the race to feature a summit finish on Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain) as it's Queen stage, a 5.7 km climb with an average gradient of 10.5%.
• Nine of the eighteen seven-man teams in this year's Tour of Oman are WorldTour outfits and include high profile riders such as Vincenzo Nibali and Greg Van Avermaet.
© Muscat Municipality/Paumer/Kåre Dehlie
High-speed finishes for sprinters, hilly stages for punchers and Green Mountain for climbers —the Tour of Oman has something for everyone. Oman will again reveal who is on the right track for the Spring Classics and who has still got plenty of work to do.
The fast men will fight for the leader's jersey in the opening stage from Nizwa to Sultan Qaboos University, but a look at the following two stages suggests their joy will be short-lived. Sultan Qaboos University will again host the peloton for the start of the second stage, a 167.5 km trek to Al-Bustan — familiar terrain for aggressive punchers. Those who come up short in Al-Bustan will have a chance to make amends the next day, with a stage starting from the German University of Technology. 179.5 km later, an 800 m climb with a gradient close to 10% will separate the wheat from the chaff on Wadi Dayqah Dam. A great chance for revenge after the previous stage. At 117 km, the fourth stage will be short but far from easy. The course between Yiti and the Ministry of Tourism will test the riders' speed and stamina on the triple climb up Al-Jabal Street (3.4 km at 8.8%) before the finish.
Saturday 17 February will feature the Queen stage rolling out of Sama'il with the fearsome Green Mountain looming on the horizon. The suffering will only end after a 5.7 km climb at a gradient of 10.5%. Finally, the riders will leave Al-Mouj Muscat for Matrah Corniche for a high-speed finale.
We very much look forward to see our new 2018 Pro Jersey being put though it's paces and will be following the race closely.