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Tour of Oman - Muscat Classic 2024 , February 9-14

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Absolutely no reason for him to work. He could've also just attacked and put on a show instead of this. Pretty obvious that he was gonna be the best here.
Sure but FFB was the leader, and you don't want to automatically make the assumption that he isn't able to hold on. I would think they discussed this beforehand, and for team dynamics it was best to do it like this, IF FFB thought he had a chance.
 
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Great for Adam Yates, I guess he was just waiting for his moment today. Looking good for the UAE Tour in a few days time.

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Hirt made a tactical mistake in the final. It was obvious that Yates was soft pedalling for FFB, so Hirt needed to be patient and attack in the last kilometre. He attacks too early and Yates sits on his wheel.

I don't think Jan manages to drop Yates, anyway. Fisher Black has a good kick so he couldn't wait for the end and also needed to take some time on him. Hirt also is more of a diesel as well.

2nd was best possible outcome for Hirt today.
 
That´s in fact a well known feature of these middle eastern races. Thomas De Gendt (iirc) once claimed in an interview that his average power output in one of those races (Qatar or UAE) was less than 150W for most stages. Sometimes they indeed leave these races with a worse shape than they start them with. Strolling 150km on a panflat road in the middle of the peloton doesn´t improve your shape.
Emil Herzog did 215km today. 140km after the race.
 
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That´s in fact a well known feature of these middle eastern races. Thomas De Gendt (iirc) once claimed in an interview that his average power output in one of those races (Qatar or UAE) was less than 150W for most stages. Sometimes they indeed leave these races with a worse shape than they start them with. Strolling 150km on a panflat road in the middle of the peloton doesn´t improve your shape.
The Tour of Zone 2
 
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