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Klaas Lodewyck (left) and Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) were off the front for nearly the entire stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Klaas Lodewyck (left) and Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) were off the front for nearly the entire stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of Oman, Stage 4: Impressive Performances

17. February 2012

Al Wadi Al Kabir, Oman

Martin Kohler of the BMC Racing Team finished sixth in a tough, uphill finish and Klaas Lodewyck regained the most aggressive rider jersey after figuring in a two-man breakaway Friday at the Tour of Oman.

Impressive Ride

BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said Lodewyck's performance in the 142.5-kilometer race that featured a hard finishing circuit was impressive. At one point, Lodewyck and breakaway companion Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) had an eight-minute lead. "It took all the riders of two teams (Liquigas-Cannondale and RadioShack) to catch him back," Sayers said. "I’ve been impressed and I think I’m not the only one here who feels that way."

Top 10 For Kohler
Kohler, the Swiss national time trial champion, finished in the same time as stage winner André Greipel (Lotto Belisol). "It was a hard finish but it suited me perfectly," Kohler said. "I’m the type of rider who can go for a sprint in a hard finish with only 40 or 50 riders. "I’m thankful to my teammates. I had a great support from Alessandro Ballan and Marco Pinotti, who helped position me in front." Greipel leads overall with two stages to go while Michael Schär is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider in 20th.