Kristoff dominates opening Oman sprint

Benoît NOEL
Norway's Alexander Kristoff from Team Katusha Alpecinon raises his arms on the the podium of the victory ceremony of the first stage of the 8th edition of the cycling Tour of Oman between al-Sawadi Beach and Naseem Park on February 14, 2017

Norway's Alexander Kristoff dominated the sprint finish to take the leader's jersey following Tuesday's opening stage of the Tour of Oman.

The Katusha rider beat Italians Kristian Sbaragli and Sonny Colbrelli at the end of the 176.5km stage around Muscat.

Cobbled classics specialist Tom Boonen was unable to fight for victory after being brought down in a mass crash some 700 metres from the line.

Boonen finished the race but with a torn jersey and bloodied back and elbow.

Kristoff will wear the leader's red jersey on Wednesday's second stage over 145km from Nakhal to Al Bustan that should favour one-day specialists like Boonen.