Tour of Oman 2016 Route stage 5: Al Sifah – Ministry of Tourism (Muscat)
Saturday, February 20, 2016 – At 119.5 kilometres, stage 5 in the Tour of Oman is a hilly ride leading to the Ministry of Tourism in Muscat. Following five short but nasty climbs the last peak is crested with13.5 kilometres left.
Located at the Gulf of Oman, the village of Al Sifah is literally backed up by the Djebel Abu Da’ud mountains. As a results, the riders are to crest two hills and then it’s of to the steep Al Jissah climb. At 1.4 kilometre the asphalt rises at 9%, while an instant later Al Wadi Al Kabir lays waiting – 1.9 kilometre at 6.3 %.
Following a rolling section, Bousher Alamrat is to be climbed three times. The first time it’s a 3.2 climb at 6.8%, with a maximum grade at 20%. After this the hill is attacked from the other side, meaning a 3.4 climb at 8.8%, while the last climb up Bousher Alamrat is on the same side as the first time.
In 2013 Chris Froome won the Oman-stage with a similar finale, and in 2014 it was Peter Sagan taking the win. Last year, the race leading over Bousher Alamrat was neutralized due to bad weather (sand storms, temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius).
At the line time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are to be gained.
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