Robert Gesink: "A great feeling"
"I just came here to try and do my best during two days, the mountain stage and the time-trial and I won both of them. Today I secured the overall lead so it’s a great feeling. It’s a perfect start to my season. First race, first victory, I’m really happy. Today was pretty tense. You never know what can happen. With four kilometres to go, there was a fall in the pack and I was lucky enough not to be involved in it. I had asked several guys to stay with me today to help me. It’s a great feeling to win here in Oman."
Mark Cavendish: "Great to win so early in the season"
"It’s always great to win a stage. And the team did a great job. Matthew Goss took me through the difficult sprint and I delivered. I’ve only been racing for 19 days and it’s great to win so early. It’s normally not in my standard. But my goal isn’t to win races now. I have to be at my best for the Tour de France and win there and carry on carrying my form all the way to the World championships in October."