Team Sky's Chris Froome has assumed the overall lead at the Tour of Oman after finishing second behind Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) on Stage Four.
Rodriguez launched in attack inside the final kilometre of the 152.5km stage and held off the chasing Froome and BMC's Cadel Evans to reach the summit off Green Mountain first.
It was initially a five-man breakaway comprising of Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Grégory Rast (RadioShack), Gatis Smukulis (Katusha), Andreas Schillinger (NetApp-Endura) and Matthias Friedemann (Chanpion System) that led the way after making their move after just 11kms.
The group at one point held a lead of four minutes and 25 seconds, but were reeled in on the final climb of the day. It was then that a number of riders looked to get off the front of the pack, with Alberto Contador (Team Astana) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) the first to go. The duo were soon joined by Froome, Rodriguez and Evans before Rodriguez made the definitive move.
Stage Four results:
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) 2. Chris Froome (Sky) + 4 secs 3. Cadel Evans (BMC) + 22 secs 4. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) + 27 secs 5. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) + 36 secs
1. Chris Froome (Sky) 2. Cadel Evans (BMC) + 24 secs 3. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) + 25 secs 4. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) + 34 secs 5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) + 45 secs