With lots of hills and wind, plus arrival on a firm slope, promised the 192 km of the third stage between Shati Al Qurum and Qurayyat for much spectacle. And that's what happened. Preben Van Hecke was on day two, the golden jersey as most aggressive rider conquered, and he the rider of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise today all honor. He was at mile marker 0 is the first to attack and did so, a group of ten arise. In doing so, also his team mate Piet Allegaert and Arjen Livyns (Roompot-Charles).
While Van Hecke, and Allegaert front of the maximum of the points sprokkelden on the slopes and on the tussensprinten, burst the war in the peloton around for the first of two climbs to the Qurayyat (2.8 km at an average of 6.5 percent): in a waaieroorlog separated, among others, Greg Van Avermaet, leader Alexander Kristoff and his challenger Alexey Lutsenko in a first group.
In the hills afterwards reason Of Hecke and Niccolo Bonifazio in the front away from the rest and had Kristoff to drop out in the first peloton, but then troepten 80 riders together again. To that group again in fans from each other was thrown down by the combined forces of the Astana team and CCC. Re-signed Kristoff's present, but he came on the final climb to Qurayyat again in trouble and would his leader's jersey to lose.
On that slope towards the finish made the South Africans of Dimension Data impression, but it was Lutsenko that the day after the win in Al Bustan again the strongest turned out to be. He won by one second ahead of the Spaniard Jesus Herrada, Greg Van Avermaet and the Portuguese Rui Costa. Eliot Lietaer and Oliver Naesen were a few seconds later in sixth and seventh respectively.
Lutsenko conquered, as also the leader's jersey. That he will attempt tomorrow to defend in a stage of 129 kilometers, and along the way five slopes. Lutsenko is the defending champion in Oman and has now 18 seconds ahead of Herrada and 20 on Van Avermaet.