Muscat: Greg Van Avermaet has finally done it. After coming close to victory over the years, including in Wednesday's second stage where he finished second, the BMC Racing Team rider took the top honours in the third stage of Tour of Oman on Thursday.
The Olympic champion finally added a victory in the Sultanate to his stellar collection of wins.
The Belgian star made the most of a hilly finish on the way to the Wadi Dayqah Dam to dominate Rui Costa of UAE Team Emirates and Alexey Lutsenko of Astana Pro Team.
With his first win in 2018, he also takes the red leader's jersey from Nathan Haas of Katusha-Alpecin.
1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) 04h36’04’’
2. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (UAE Team Emirates) +03’’
3. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) +03’’
1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) 12h56’44
2. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) +11’’
3. Nathan Haas (Team Katusha Alpecin) +13’