Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Sky maintains his spot as the overall leader in the Tour of Oman as he wins the third stage of the event last Tuesday.
Boasson Hagen finished in front of Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions), showing that he wasn’t planning on relinquishing his hold on the leader’s jersey anytime soon. The 22-year old star of Team Sky is currently in top form and looking to add to his 2009 accomplishments, which include victories at the Tour of Britain, Ghent-Wevelgem, and a stage win at the Giro d’Italia.
Team Sky did a good job of delivering Hagen to the finish, as they had to fight and pull back a four-man breakaway while nearing the final stretch. Teamwork and strategy did the job, as the Team Sky riders maintained their cool even as Gatis Smukulis (Ag2r), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil), Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) and Ben King (Trek-Livestrong) started attacking early.
Geraint Thomas, Hagen’s teammate, says that the team already knew that the course finish was particularly in favor of Boasson Hagen’s sprinting skills, and their star did not disappoint. The only thing remaining now is for Hagen to maintain the lead and get the time trials when it counts the most, as Team Sky will be looking to defend the jersey from all comers.