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Froome wins Tour of Oman

Team Sky's Chris Froome wrapped up victory at the Tour of Oman ahead of Alberto Contadoron Saturday.

The Great Britain Olympian, second in last summer's Tour de France, held a 27-second lead going into Saturday's final stage and finished in the leading bunch in a sprint finish to make sure of the red jersey.

Froome had sprung to the head of the field with victory on stage five on Friday, following consistent displays throughout the week up to that point.

Francais Des Jeux rider Nacer Bouhanni won Saturday's 144-kilometre stage from Hawit Nagam Park to Matrah Corniche, with Orica GreenEDGE's Matthew Goss second and American Taylor Phinney third for BMC Racing.

Froome's winning margin over Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Contador remained at 27 seconds, with Cadel Evans 12 seconds further back for BMC.

Bradley Wiggins, who won last year's Tour de France ahead of team-mate Froome, was back in 74th position.

Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal told the team's website: "It's great to finish this way in the first race of the year for this group.

"To take the jersey and bring it home is always a good feeling.

"Some of the sprinters' teams came through to help on the front (today) and we controlled things. It was a short climb so we made sure that Chris was in a good position.

"The good thing about this race was that we achieved exactly what we wanted to do, which was to return to the Sky style of racing. To control from the front and, when we commit to something, to really commit to it and carry it out together as a team. All the things we were doing last year.

"We have taken a stage win and the GC so that bodes well for the future. We did lots of great work in Mallorca and now we can see how well that has translated into the races."