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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Mayouf claims stage 2 of Tour of Salalah

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MUSCAT, SEPT 12


Khaled Mayouf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) continued his impressive run in Tour of Salalah to win the second stage with a timing of 2 hours 2 minutes and 59 seconds on Monday. Mayouf finished second in the opening stage on Sunday.


UAE cyclists dominated the proceedings for the second day as the 101 km-stage was run between Al Baleed Archaeological Park and Hajeef.


Stage 1 winner Saif al Kaabi of UAE topped the general individual time classification to get the yellow jersey after finishing second in the Stage 2 (02:02:59).


Mayouf topped the points classification and took the green jersey, while his teammates Jaber al Mansoori took the silver jersey and Abdulla al Hammadi took the white jersey after leading the KOM and under-23 sections respectively.


Abdulla claimed third in the race (02:02:59) while Jaber finished fourth (02:02:59).


Oman-based rider Bradley Perkins (02:04:56) of Great Britain came fifth for Cycle KOM – NRO team.


Oman Club’s Faisal al Maamari finished sixth (02:04:56) and Said al Rahbi of Oman Royal Army ended seventh (02:06:47).


UAE DOMINATE


In Stage 2 team results, UAE kept their top spot (06:08:57) followed by Oman-based Cycle KOM – NRO (06:25:37) and Thailand national team (06:37:37).


In team general classification after Stage 2, UAE were ahead with an overall timing of 14:46:31 followed by Cycle KOM – NRO (15:17:02) and Salalah Club (15:33:16).


Stage 3 will see cyclists battle it out from Mirbat Castle to Tawi Ateer at Wadi Darbat in a 123-km race on Tuesday.


The four-stage cycling race, which offers a total prize money of RO 7,730, is organised by the Oman Cycling Association and supported by Dhofar Municipality, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth and Ministry of Heritage and Tourism.


On each stage, the first three riders will be awarded a prize money of RO 150, 120 and 100 respectively.


After the stages, the general individual time classification topper will get RO 600, while the second-placed rider will get RO 500 and the third-placed racer gets RO 400.


In the under-23 category, the top three riders will get a purse of RO 300, 200 and 100 respectively.


In general individual point classification and best climber classification, the top rider takes home RO 300.


In the team general classification, the toppers get RO 1,000, runners-up get RO 800 and the third-placed team gets RO 600.


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