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Marcus Burghardt spent 195 kilometers on the front. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Marcus Burghardt spent 195 kilometers on the front. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of Oman, Stage 3: Burghardt In The Break

17. February 2011

Sur, Oman

Marcus Burghardt survived a scare with goats but the BMC Racing Team rider and his breakaway group couldn't stay away to the finish Thursday at the Tour of Oman.

Phinney Finishes 13th

Burghardt and four others escaped after three kilometers and gained a seven-minute lead. Near the halfway point of the 208 km race, a group of stray goats nearly took them down. "Sometimes it was a bit dangerous," Burghardt said, "but it was nice to see all the small kids with their nice white burkas waving at us." After the break was caught with 10 km to go, Taylor Phinney finished 13th in the sprint won by Théo Bos (Rabobank). Matt Goss (HTC-high road) kept the overall lead.