Bradley Wiggins classified as last in opening stage of Tour of Oman

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins was controversially classified as finishing last in the opening stage of the Tour of Oman.

Last year's Tour de France winner was delayed by a crash 2km from the finish line on Monday.

The official result placed him 142nd, one minute and 31 seconds behind the rest of the field.

But Team Sky are confident their rider will be reclassified under a rule governing crashes in the closing 3km of a stage.

Wiggins geared for Giro glory

That change would see Wiggins awarded the same time as those he was riding alongside before the incident.

Team Skyexternal-link sports director Nicolas Portal said: "There was a crash with 2km to go.

"Bradley was not caught up in it but he was behind it and there was a little split in the peloton as the riders slowed down.

"So with the 3km rule he should be fine."

Germany's Marcel Kittel of Team Argos-Shimano won the 162km first stage from Musannah to Sultan Qaboos University in a sprint finish.

Team Sky's Chris Froome ended the day 53rd - 10 seconds behind Kittel.

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