After an incredible performance and a great show of team work, Søren Kragh Andersen climbed to victory at stage 3 of the Tour of Oman today, taking his first victory of his professional career.
The race saw a 7 man breakaway away for the most of the day, only being caught with 15km of racing to go. As the peloton headed towards the final 2km climb to the finish the race saw multiple attacks on the front. The team worked well to protect Søren throughout the race and positioned him perfectly for him to finish off their hard work and take the victory on his lightweight Giant TCR, perfectly suited to the hilly course of todays race. The talented 22-year-old Dane turned pro with the team and is considered part of the team’s unique “Keep Challenging” approach.
After his victory Søren said: “The team was amazing again today. They delivered me to the bottom of the climb as fresh as possible. After their great work it was up to me to finish the job. I started the sprint with 250m to go and from then on rode full gas. It was an incredible feeling to cross the line in first place. It was a day of great team effort and great legs and one I will remember.”
Team coach Marc Reef said: “We planned today to go for Søren and to bring him into the best possible position going into the final climb of 2.5km. We knew upfront that if we were able to put him with the first five riders into the last climb, he would have a chance of taking the victory. We made a perfect plan for it and it all went very well. The team performed brilliantly and it worked out well: Søren went with the first five riders into the last 2km without loosing any energy. At the end of the climb he had the legs to finish it off in a great way by taking his first win as a pro.”