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Ireland’s Conor Dunne on the attack, now up overall in Oman

Posted on: February 13th, 2018

Irish rider Conor Dunne drives on the front of the breakaway in Oman. He picked up time bonuses twice and is now well placed overall for Aqua Blue Sport.

 

On the opening stage of the Tour of Oman Conor Dunne has done on the attack.

And while he was caught close to the finish, he picked up to time bonuses.

It leaves the Aqua Blue Sport man in 6th overall with five stages remaining.

The stage was won by Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) from Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) was 3rd, with Adam Blythe 6th for Aqua Blue Sport.

Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) was 46th and Dunne 104th; both on the same time as the winner.

 

Coquard enjoys his win in the bunch sprint for his new team.

 

On the 162.5km stage from Nizwa to Sultan Qaboos University Dunne broke clear early with three others.

They were Maxime Farazijn (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Pierre Luc Perichon (Fortuneo-Samsic) and Brian Van Goethem (Roomport-Nederlandse Loterij).

They built a lead of almost five minutes after just 15km. But it always looked like a day for a bunch sprint.

Conor Dunne was 3rd at the first and second intermediate sprints.

However, by 20km to go the gap between escape and peloton was down to one minute.

And while they were only recaptured after they had dipped well inside the 10km to go marker, there was an air of inevitability about it.

Their being caught paved the way for the predicted bunch sprint.

Conor Dunne is now in 6th, some eight seconds down on race leader Coquard.

 

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