Muscat – Australian rider Caleb Ewan of the Jayco Al Ula team won the opening stage of the 13th edition of 2024 Tour of Oman on Saturday at Oman Across Ages Museum in Manah. The 30-year old produced an impressive show in the 181.5 km distance race which concluded at Oman Convention and Exhibition Center to win the stage.
He controlled the first stage race leadership ahead of other rivals in the race. Syritsa Gleb from Astana Kazakhstan team won the white jersey as he was the best young rider while Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis of Burgos-BH team claimed the golden jersey and was named the most active and aggressive rider during the race.
Ewan finished the stage in four hours 23 minutes and 28 seconds to take the red jersey while also claiming the green jersey following his highest points in the race till now.
“It is a special moment for me finally as this victory is the first win for me this season. I had a few opportunities so far this year but I did not manage to win. I am happy with this triumph and looking for more in the forthcoming races. In general, the race was pretty easy but the hard part was at the middle with some climbs beside some windy at the end of the race,” Ewan said.
“The weather is very nice in Oman as it is not cold and it is not hot as well. It is the perfect weather for the riders to compete and show their top skills. It is expected to rain in the coming few days based on the weather predictions, but we hope as riders to have suitable climate to vie properly in the race.”
Mohsin Hani al Bahrani, CEO of the Automotive, Construction Equipment, and Renewable Energy cluster in MHD, the chief guest delivered the awards to the top winners in presence of Sheikh Faisal bin Humaid Al Qasimi, President of the Arab Cycling Federation and Saif bin Sebaa al Rushaidi, Chairman of Oman Cycling Association, beside many other