Andre Greipel (Arkea-Samsic) ended the Tour of Oman on the same note he started it: frustration. After a late puncture ruined his plans on the opening stage, he was prevented from sprinting on the Mattrah Corniche on the final day by what he felt was a dangerous sprint by the winner Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data). There was some confusion, however, as Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) was caught up in the same incident and blamed Niccolo Bonifazio (Direct Energie).
Greipel finished 28th on the stage but felt he was lucky to stay on his bike. He went to the race jury to complain and ask them to review the footage of the sprint, but the result was upheld.
“Normally, in my opinion, he must be disqualified, because he went inside us, on the barrier, and you have Bouhanni and me, and we nearly crashed behind him,” Greipel said of Nizzolo.
“I couldn’t sprint after this. The team did a really good job today, I’m just disappointed that I couldn’t sprint.”
There was, however, some confusion over whether Nizzolo should have been the target of Greipel’s anger, as the Italian didn’t appear to dramatically change his line.
Bouhanni was also unhappy, but he felt Bonifazio was the guilty party.
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