Luke Lamperti remains modest despite impressive second place in uphill finish at Tour of Oman: "It’s a good result, but we’ll keep looking for a win here"

Luke Lamperti confirmed that he's more than 'just' an ordinary sprinter, something cycling experts already knew beforehand. But little did anyone expect the 21-year-old American to challenge some of the world's highly rated climbers and puncheurs on top of the Qurayyat climb to take second place on the day.

On nearly 14% slopes to Qurayyat, Lamperti didn't show any signs of weakness and controlled the situation in the bunch, waiting for the final kick. And it proved to be a good strategy as he won the sprint of his group. However one man would turn out stronger on Sunday - Finn Fisher-Black, who managed to finish off his solo attack.

"The weather was crazy. Because it hasn’t rained for so long the roads were very slippery, something I have never encountered before. The team rode really well and helped me get to the climb in a good position. The plan was to survive and see what I could do, as the finish was on paper too hard for me, but with the weather it was also about positioning and being smart, and I managed to get this nice podium. It’s a good result, but we’ll keep looking for a win here," Lamperti said after the race.

As a consequence of the extreme weather conditions, the route of Monday's stage will be changed and riders will take on the punchy roads around the city of Muscat. The stage 3 will thus provide another (unexpected) chance for more versatile sprinters.

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