Wiggins drops down field in Oman

Bradley Wiggins’s chances of winning the Tour of Oman were hit as he dropped 21 places after the third stage.

Wiggins was 55th following Tuesday’s stage two, but fell to 76th overall after finishing 89th on Wednesday.

The 190km third stage, from Nakhal Fort to Wadi Dayqah Dam in the Hajar mountains, was won by overall leader Peter Sagan of the Cannondale team.

Wiggins’s Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome is 13th overall, 36 seconds behind Sagan.

Tomorrow’s stage is the one that is going to decide the race. Froomey is in a great position heading into it

Nicolas Portal
Team Sky sports director

It was Slovakian Sagan’s second consecutive stage win as he beat Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet of BMC and France’s Tony Gallopin of RadioShack to take victory on the line by one second with Alberto Contador a close fourth.

Froome came 13th on Wednesday and England’s Stephen Cummings of BMC was 47th.

Thursday’s fourth stage is a 152.5km ride through the mountains from Al Satiyah to Jabal Al Akhdar, and Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal believes Froome can still win the six-stage competition.

“Tomorrow’s stage is the one that is going to decide the race, not today,” said Portal.

“It will suit Froomey and the plan will be to get him into the best possible position leading into the climb.

“It’s never nice to drop out of the top 10 but it’s tomorrow’s stage which is going to prove pivotal and Froomey is in a great position heading into it.

“The team are in really good form so we’re looking forward to a big day.”

Tour of Oman – overall standings after stage three

1 Peter Sagan (Svk) – Cannondale Pro Cycling, 12:59:43″

2 Tony Gallopin (Fra) – RadioShack Leopard, @16″

3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) – BMC Racing Team, @26″

4 Martin Elmiger (Swi) – IAM Cycling, @30″

5 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) – FDJ, @31″

6 Marco Marcato (Ita) – Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team, @32″

13 Chris Froome (GB) – Sky Procycling, @36″

38 Stephen Cummings (GB) – BMC Racing Team, @1’10”

76 Bradley Wiggins (GB) – Sky Procycling, @3’29”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21447785

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