In His Own Words: Sam Bewley on Tour of Oman Stage 1

Tue 12 Feb 2013

The first stage of the Tour of Oman was a flat affair dominated by an early breakaway. ORICA-GreenEDGE and Argos-Shimano shared responsibility for the chase that saw the field come back together for a bunch sprint at the Sultan Qaboos University. Following the race, Sam Bewley, in his own words, shared his thoughts on his first international race of the season.

We wanted to keep the race together for a sprint, so our plan was to do whatever we needed to see the race together at the end. We knew we would ride for Gossy [Matt Goss]. He’s our guy for the bunch sprints here.

I’m not entirely sure of the early action as I was riding towards the back. A two-rider breakaway went from the start and they gained quite a big advantage. No one wanted to take control, which was why today’s stage was fairly slow. Eventually Fumy [Beppu] and one guy from Argos rode on the front. They stayed there for most of the stage. I helped out for about 30 or 40 kilometres, and once we made the catch, it was about waiting for the sprint.

The team has started the lead out too early in the past. This time we waited until the last couple kilometres. We lined things up in the lead out, and we did a good job there, but there are a few little things we have to work on. Marcel Kittel (ARG) got the win today. I haven’t seen results, so I’m not sure who our best placed rider was [Ed. Goss was the first ORICA-GreenEDGE rider to cross the line in 27th place.]

This is my first time in Oman, and I’m pretty happy here so far. The team is staying at the Shangri-La hotel, and it’s a really awesome place. I haven’t gotten to see a ton yet, but the roads we trained on yesterday were beautiful. Today was a bit boring in comparison as we covered only flat roads. I was happy for the gentle start to the season.

I was meant to race in Qatar, but I caught a stomach bug and had to sit out of the race. A slow, easier day was good for me today. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the country and some of the more difficult terrain over the next couple days of racing.