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2024 Muscat Classic (1.1)

2nd edition: Friday, February 9, 2024
Muscat, Oman

Muscat Classic podium history | Course map & profile | 2023 edition | Start list

Al Mouj Mouscat - Al Bustan, 174.3 km

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Finn Fisher-Black takes the win. Photo: ASO/Pauline Ballet

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Weather at the race city of Muscat at 9:00 AM, local time: 22C (71F), fair, with the wind from the west at 5 km/hr (3 mph). No rain is forecast. The temperature is forecast to climb to a high of 24C (75F) by 11:00 AM.

Climbs:

  • Km 84.7: Climb of Al Jabal Road (Bousher Al Amerat), 3.5 km @ 9.2%
  • Km 112: Climb of Hamriyah, 900 m @ 10.1%
  • Km 126.6: Climb of Al Jissah, 1.1 km @ 10%
  • Km 136.4: Climb of Wadi Al Kabir, 2.1 km @ 7.3%
  • Km 151.3: Climb of Hamriyah, 900m @ 10.1%
  • Km 168.9: Climb of Al Jissah, 1.1 km @ 10%

The race: Here's the race organizer's report.

Finn Fisher-Black (UAE Team Emirates) showed how far his budding talent can lead him with a thrilling solo victory in the second edition of the Muscat Classic. The Kiwi youngster dropped everyone with a strong attack on the final bumps of the day, with 5 kilometres to go. A small group gave it everything on the final run in to the finish in Al Bustan… But there was no containing the New-Zealander, powering to sweet victory after he already showed his strong legs in the AlUla Tour. Another rising talent, Luke Lamperti (Soudal Quick-Step), was the fastest from a very reduced bunch to take 2nd ahead of Belgium’s Amaury Capiot (Arkéa-B&B Hotels). The show is on in the Sultanate, with the Tour of Oman kicking-off on Saturday.

The peloton partway through the race. Photo: ASO/Pauline Ballet

Attacks fly from the start, in Al Mouj Muscat. On the seaside, two riders from Terengganu Cycling Team, Amman Cahyadi and Irwandie Lakasek, set off in the first kilometre alongside Japan’s Manabu Ishibashi (JCL Team Ukyo). Ariya Phounsavath (Roojai Insurance)tries to join them, unsuccessfully. He’s reeled in after 19km, as the gap from the peloton to the front of the race reaches 2’15’’.

A gap as high as 12’30’’On a flat terrain, the attackers build a gap of 12’30’’ at km 47. Cofidis react and pull the bunch for the likes of Bryan Coquard and Jesus Herrada, who already found success in the Sultanate of Oman in previous years.

Halfway through the race, the peloton move closer and closer: 8’ at the bottom of the first climb of the day - Jabal Road (Boucher al Amerat), summit at km 84.7 - and 3’35’’ at the bottom of the following downhill (85km to go)! On the valley leading to the final circuit, Cahyadi is dropped. Lakasek and Ishibashi pursue their effort into the last 75km with a lead back up to 3’50’’.

Herzog shows his talent
As the lead duo enter the final circuit around Al Bustan (64.9km to cover with 5 ascents), several riders are in pursuit: Tegshbayar Batsaikhan (Roojai Insurance) has joined Cahyadi 5’ behind the leaders; Lionel Taminiaux (Lotto Dstny) trails by 6’30’’. The peloton follow with a gap of 7’30’’.

On the climb of Hamriyah (900m at 10.1%), Ishibashi drops Lakasek and goes solo 63km away from the finish. Emil Herzog (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacks from the bunch. He catches and drops all the riders in between. Atop the climb of Al Jissah (47.7km to go), he is 2’30’’ behind Ishibashi while the peloton trail by 5’.

Herzog keeps pushing and summits the climb of Wadi Al Kabir (37.9km to go) with a gap of 30’’. The German youngster (2022 Junior World Champion) catches the Japanese attacker 34km away from the line. The gap to the peloton is down to 3’20’’.

The Kiwi flies
Herzog goes solo at the bottom of the penultimate climb (Hamriyah, again), with 24km to go and a gap of 2’ to the bunch. He resits as hard as he can, only to be caught with 6km to go, on the final ascent up Al Jissah.

Just before the summit (5.4km to go), Finn Fisher-Black puts the hammer down. Davide De Pretto (Jayco-AlUla) and a handful of riders try to follow his move… They can’t.

Fisher-Black flies on the downhill and eventually punches to the air as he celebrates victory 4’’ ahead of the reduced bunch. At 21 years old, Luke Lamperti (Soudal Quick-Steo) takes 2nd ahead of more experienced riders, Belgium’s Amaury Capiot (Arkéa-B&B Hotels) and France’s Bryan Coquard (Cofidis). They’re ready for the challenges of the Tour of Oman (February 10-14).

The podium, from left: Luke Lamperti (2nd), Finn Fisher-Black (1st) & Amaury Capiot (3rd). Photoi: ASO/Pauline Ballet


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Complete results:

174.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.054 km/hr

1 Finn Fisher-Black UAE Team Emirates 4hr 27min 43sec
2 Luke Lamperti Soudal Quick-Step @ 4sec
3 Amaury Capiot Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
4 Bryan Coquard Cofidis s.t.
5 Francesco Busatto Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
6 Warren Barguil Team dsm-firmenich PostNL s.t.
7 William Blume Levy Uno-X Mobility s.t.
8 Arjen Livyns Lotto Dstny s.t.
9 Merhawi Kudus Terengganu Cycling Team s.t.
10 Davide De Pretto Jayco-AlUla s.t.
11 Roger Adrià Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
12 Lorenzo Rota Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
13 Jesus Herrada Cofidis s.t.
14 Anthon Charmig Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
15 Jenno Berckmoes Lotto Dstny s.t.
16 Thomas Pesenti JCL Team UKYO s.t.
17 Dries De Pooter Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
18 Anton Palzer Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
19 Unai Iribar Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
20 Harm Vanhoucke Lotto Dstny s.t.
21 Johannes Kulset Uno-X Mobility s.t.
22 Giovanni Carboni JCL Team UKYO s.t.
23 Idar Andersen Uno-X Mobility s.t.
24 Alessandro Verre Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
25 Diego Ulissi UAE Team Emirates s.t.
26 Kenny Elissonde Cofidis s.t.
27 Mauri Vansevenant Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
28 Fausto Masnada Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
29 Cristian Rodriguez Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
30 Emanuel Buchmann Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
31 Ben Zwiehoff Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
32 Louis Meintjes Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
33 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH s.t.
34 Embret Svestad-Bårdseng Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
35 Nathan Earle JCL Team UKYO 0:11
36 Jan Hirt Soudal Quick-Step 0:14
37 Adam Yates UAE Team Emirates s.t.
38 Jesse Ewart Terengganu Cycling Team 0:19
39 Jambaljamts Sainbayar Burgos-BH 0:41
40 Frank Van Den Broek Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 0:43
41 Mikel Retegi Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
42 Luke Durbridge Jayco-AlUla 1:09
43 Alexander Kristoff Uno-X Mobility s.t.
44 Luis-Joe Lührs Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
45 Paul Magnier Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
46 Antoine Huby Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
47 Elie Gesbert Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
48 Alexy Faure-Prost Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
49 Emil Herzog Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
50 Carlos Garcia Equipo Kern Pharma 1:25
51 Masaki Yamamoto JCL Team UKYO s.t.
52 Adne Van Engelen Roojai Insurance s.t.
53 Davide Toneatti Astana Qazaqstan 1:46
54 Ide Schelling Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
55 Alejandro Franco Burgos-BH 1:51
56 Nariyuki Masuda JCL Team UKYO 2:12
57 Aimé De Gendt Cofidis 3:25
58 Gil Gelders Soudal Quick-Step 4:25
59 Danny Van Der Tuuk Equipo Kern Pharma 4:33
60 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
61 Ivan Cobo Cayon Equipo Kern Pharma 4:34
62 Campbell Stewart Jayco-AlUla 4:36
63 Huub Artz Intermarché-Wanty 5:26
64 David Delgado Burgos-BH 5:57
65 Caleb Ewan Jayco-AlUla s.t.
66 Blake Quick Jayco-AlUla s.t.
67 Johannes Adamietz Lotto Dstny 7:54
68 Tord Gudmestad Uno-X Mobility 8:16
69 Stian Fredheim Uno-X Mobility s.t.
70 Aiman Cahyadi Terengganu Cycling Team 8:20
71 Rodrigo Álvarez Burgos-BH 8:22
72 Hugo Toumire Cofidis s.t.
73 Roel Van Sintmaartensdijk Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
74 Andreas Miltiadis Terengganu Cycling Team s.t.
75 Henri Vandenabeele Lotto Dstny 10:40
76 Thomas De Gendt Lotto Dstny s.t.
77 Nicolas Vinokurov Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
78 Max Walscheid Jayco-AlUla s.t.
79 Tegshbayar Batsaikhan Roojai Insurance s.t.
80 Vegard Stake Laengen UAE Team Emirates s.t.
81 Abdulla Al Hammadi UAE Team Emirates s.t.
82 Óscar Pelegrí Burgos-BH s.t.
83 Ariya Phounsavath Roojai Insurance s.t.
84 Manabu Ishibashi JCL Team UKYO 12:30
85 Tobias Lund Andresen Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 12:34
86 Timo Roosen Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 15:31
87 Julius Van Den Berg Team dsm-firmenich PostNL s.t.
88 Carter Bettles Roojai Insurance s.t.

 


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Course map & profile:

2024 Muscat Classic map

2024 Muscat Classic profile


Start list with back numbers, February 8, 2024:

UAE TEAM EMIRATES
1 ADAM YATES
2 ALI EISSA ABDULLA ALHAMMADI
3 MOHAMMAD ALMUTAIWEI
4 FINN LACHLAN FOX FISHER
5 ALVARO JOSE HODEG CHAGUI
6 VEGARD STAKE LAENGEN
7 DIEGO ULISSI
SOUDAL QUICK-STEP
11 MAURI VANSEVENANT
12 JAN HIRT
13 GIL GELDERS
14 ANTOINE HUBY
15 LUKE LAMPERTI
16 PAUL MAGNIER
17 FAUSTO MASNADA
INTERMARCHÉ - WANTY
21 LOUIS MEINTJES
22 HUUB ARTZ
23 FRANCESCO BUSATTO
24 DRIES DE POOTER
25 ALEXY FAURE PROST
26 LORENZO ROTA
27 ROEL VAN SINTMAARTENSDIJK
COFIDIS
31 BRYAN COQUARD
32 NICOLAS DEBEAUMARCHE
33 AIME DE GENDT
34 KENNY ELISSONDE
35 JESUS HERRADA
36 NOLANN MAHOUDO
37 HUGO TOUMIRE
ARKEA-B&B HOTELS
41 AMAURY CAPIOT
42 FLORIAN DAUPHIN
43 ELIE GESBERT
44 CRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ MARTIN
45 EMBRET SVESTAD-BÅRDSENG
46 ALESSANDRO VERRE
BORA-HANSGROHE
51 EMANUEL BUCHMANN
52 ROGER ADRIA OLIVERAS
53 CESARE BENEDETTI
54 EMIL HERZOG
55 LUIS-JOE LÜHRS
56 ANTON PALZER
57 BEN ZWIEHOFF
LOTTO DSTNY
61 JOHANNES ADAMIETZ
62 JENNO BERCKMOES
63 THOMAS DE GENDT
64 ARJEN LIVYNS
65 LIONEL TAMINIAUX
66 HENRI VANDENABEELE
67 HARM VANHOUCKE
TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH POSTNL
71 WARREN BARGUIL
72 LUND TOBIAS ANDRESEN
73 FABIO JAKOBSEN
74 TIM NABERMAN
75 TIMO ROOSEN
76 JULIUS VAN DEN BERG
77 FRANK VAN DEN BROEK
BURGOS-BH
81 JAMBALJAMTS SAINBAYAR
82 RODRIGO ALVAREZ RODRIGUEZ
83 MARIO APARICIO MUÑOZ
84 DAVID DELGADO HIGUERUELO
85 ALEJANDRO FRANCO GONZALEZ
86 ANGEL FUENTES PANIEGO
87 OSCAR PELEGRI FERRANDIS
TEAM JAYCO ALULA
91 CALEB EWAN
92 LUKE DURBRIDGE
93 DAVIDE DE PRETTO
94 BLAKE QUICK
95 CAMPBELL STEWART
96 MAXIMILIAN RICHARD WALSCHEID
UNO-X MOBILITY
101 ALEXANDER KRISTOFF
102 IDAR ANDERSEN
103 STIAN EDVARDSEN-FREDHEIM
104 TORD GUDMESTAD
105 JOHANNES KULSET
106 BLUME WILLIAM LEVY
107 RASMUS BØGH WALLIN
ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM
111 ANTHON CHARMIG
112 YEVGENIY GIDICH
113 SAVELII LAPTEV
114 IDE SCHELLING
115 GLEB SYRITSA
116 DAVIDE TONEATTI
117 NICOLAS VINOKUROV
EQUIPO KERN PHARMA
121 IVAN COBO CAYON
122 UNAI AZNAR VIJUESCA
123 MARC BRUSTENGA MASAGUE
124 CARLOS GARCIA PIERNA
125 UNAI IRIBAR JAUREGI
126 MIKEL RETEGI GOÑI
127 DANNY VAN DER TUUK
JCL TEAM UKYO
131 MASAKI YAMAMOTO
132 GIOVANNI CARBONI
133 NATHAN EARLE
134 MANABU ISHIBASHI
135 MATTEO MALUCELLI
136 NARIYUKI MASUDA
137 THOMAS PESENTI
TERENGGANU CYCLING TEAM
141 MERHAWI KUDUS
142 AIMAN CAHYADI
143 JESSE EWART
144 WAN ABDUL RAHMAN HAMDAN
145 IRWANDIE LAKASEK
146 NUR AMIRULL FAKHRUDDIN MAZUKI
147 ANDREAS MILTIADIS
OMAN NATIONAL TEAM
151 MOHAMED AL-WAHIBI
152 SAIF AL AAMRI
153 ABDULLAH AL-GHELANI   
154 MUNDHER AL-HSANI
155 SAID AL RAHBI
156 MAZIN AL RIYAMI
157 ABDULREHMAN AL YAAQUBI
ROOJAI INSURANCE
161 TEGSHBAYAR BATSAIKHAN
162 CARTER BETTLES
163 LUCAS CARSTENSEN
164 PATOMPOB PHONARJTHAN
165 ARIYA PHOUNSAVATH
166 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS
167 ADNE VAN ENGELEN