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Klaas Lodewyck wears the red, green and white jersey as the "most aggressive" rider at the Tour of Oman (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Klaas Lodewyck wears the red, green and white jersey as the "most aggressive" rider at the Tour of Oman (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of Oman, Stage 5: Lodewyck, Kohler Shine

18. February 2012

abal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain), Oman

On Saturday's hardest stage of the Tour of Oman, BMC Racing Team's Martin Kohler figured in a six-man breakaway and Klaas Lodewyck held onto the most aggressive rider jersey.

Jersey Nearly A Lock

Lodewyck won the second intermediate sprint during the 158-kilometer race and holds a virtually insurmountable lead in the "combative" classification with one day to go. "It doesn't mean that much, but it's always nice to have a jersey," Lodewyck said. "It does mean I've worked hard during this race and I'm new in the team, so it's nice to get up on the podium." Kohler was part of a break that enjoyed more than 135 kms of freedom. It was the Swiss national time trial champion's second appearance in a breakaway in four days and the fourth time in five stages the BMC Racing Team had a rider in a key move. "I think everybody feels good and wants to test their legs some times," Lodewyck said. "When you have someone in the break nearly every day it also shows you are there competing as a real team." Marco Pinotti (19th) and Michael Schär (20th) finished together, 2:01 behind stage winner Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale), who soloed to the top of Green Mountain 10 seconds ahead of new race leader Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). Schär (16th, 2:01 behind) is the best-placed BMC Racing Team rider in the overall standings.