Tour of Oman review

Peter Velits took his first victory in a stage race, almost by stealth, to continue Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s domination of the Middle East, after Tom Boonen’s win last week in Qatar, not forgetting their win in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis three weeks ago. Germans Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and Marcel Kittel (Project 1t4i) won two sprint stages apiece, while Liquigas-Cannondale won the queen stage on Green Mountain with Vincenzo Nibali and another sprint stage with fellow Slovakian, Peter Sagan.

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Rider updates: Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan

I’m following the progress of three sprinters in 2012: reigning world champion Mark Cavendish, 1t4i’s Marcel Kittel and Liquigas’ Peter Sagan. Each of the three have now completed two early-season stage races, and all three will be delighted to have registered their first wins already. Here’s a quick summary of how they have been doing over the last few weeks.
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Volta ao Algarve review

Sky dominated the 38th edition of the Volta ao Algarve, as three of their riders won stages and they held the yellow jersey for all but the opening day. Australian Richie Porte, formerly of Saxo Bank, won the queen stage on Friday to move into the overall lead and comfortably defended his position to register his first major stage race victory.

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