• Chris Froome put an emphatic stamp on his race lead with a stage five victory
  • Team Principal Dave Brailsford chats to Joe Dombrowski ahead of the stage
  • Team Sky were forced into controlling the race as attacks fired off the front
  • Christian Knees was once again a monster presence on the front
  • Dario Cataldo takes a feed
  • Taylor Phinney and Fabian Cancellara were among those riders preparing for the Classics
  • Bradley Wiggins helped set things up for team-mate Froome
  • The Brit went into the tough stage with a 24-second lead
  • Dombrowski was impressive in his first race as he paced the team up to and over the first climb
  • The team were forced to ride hard in defence of red
  • For the second day running it was Alberto Contador who kick-started the attacks
  • Richie Porte helped shut down the initial bursts on the climb of Bousher Alamrat
  • Contador also had a team-mate for help as the race split to piece behind
  • A 22-strong group was gradually whittled down over three passages of the climb
  • With just three riders remaining Froome, Contador and Joaquim Rodriguez drove for home...
  • ...Froome narrowly edging out the sprint over Contador
  • The victory was a superb one after the Brit had been placed under immense pressure
  • Froome now leads Contador by 27 seconds heading into the final stage
  • The stage win also bumped Froome up into the points jersey

Tour of Oman Stage Five Gallery

Chris Froome put an emphatic stamp on his race lead with a stage five victory