Gesink claims Green Mountain win

Fri, 18 Feb 17:16:00 2011

Rabobank's Robert Gesink claimed an emotional victory on the mountainous fourth stage of the Tour of Oman, in Jabal al Akhdhar.

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The Dutchman - who celebrated by pointing to the sky in memory of his father, who died late last year - finished 44 seconds ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) and 51 seconds clear of third-placed Dries Devenyns (Quickstep).

The 157-kilometre stage started at a furious pace, with the peloton refusing to allow any early breakaways as the route approached Green Mountain from the North East coast.

HTC-Highroad's race-leader Matt Goss fell out of contention for the stage on the first steep section of the climb, falling behind as a small group - led by Astana's Alexandre Vinokourov - finally emerged from the peloton.

Gesink then made the crucial attack with two kilometres left of lung-busting climbing to go, taking the race-leader's red jersey in the process.

"I did it for my dad," 24-year-old Gesink said. "He had a bike accident the day after last year's Giro dell'Emilia and then two weeks after he died. I had a difficult winter with my family and it was difficult to pick up cycling again, but I did.

"Last month I did everything on my training schedule and a little extra because I wanted to show the world, my family, and my dad first of all that I wanted to continue racing for him. It's nice to do it when you're out here. It's really difficult but it's a really good feeling when it works out."

Stage four results

1. Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank Cycling Team 4:03:58

2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Sky Procycling 0:00:47

3. Dries Devenyns (BEL) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:51

4. Giovanni Visconti (ITA) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:00:53

5. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo

6. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team 0:01:02

7. Maxime Monfort (BEL) Leopard Trek 0:01:05

8. Michael Albasini (CHE) HTC-Highroad

9. Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (ESP) Sky Procycling 0:01:12

10. Patrik Sinkewitz (DEU) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:01:29

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