Young Slovak brings home the victory after his team mates helped chase down the break

Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale, who lay seventh overall after yesterday’s opening stage, has won Stage 2 of the Tour of Oman and takes over the race lead from Lotto-Belisol's André Greipel. GreenEdge's Baden Cooke was second today, with Rabobank's Tom Slagter third.

The late arrival of a ferry caused an hour’s delay to the start of the 140.5km stage mainly along the coast from Sur to the Wadi Dayqah Dam. Once the riders did start racing, however, it didn’t take long for a four-man breakaway to form.

Three of those riders – Martin Kohler and Klaas Lodewijk of BMC Racing and Farnese Vini’s Diego Caccia – still had two and a half minutes on the chasing peloton with 20km to go, and with the route heading inland on rolling roads, it wasn’t guaranteed they would be caught.

The gap was halved over the next 10 kilometres, however, and the catch finally made 5km out as the race headed towards its finale, with Liquigas-Cannondale among those working hard at the front, on what would prove to be a successful afternoon for them.

Tour of Oman Stage 2 result   
1  SAGAN Peter          LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE       3h 10' 44"
2  COOKE Baden          GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM    Same time
3  SLAGTER Tom          RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM         "
4  GALLOPIN Tony        RADIOSHACK-NISSAN             "
6  BOUHANNI Nacer       FDJ-BIGMAT                    "
7  SUTTON Christopher   SKY PROCYCLING                "
8  FUGLSANG Jakob       RADIOSHACK-NISSAN             "
9  CANCELLARA Fabian    RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 00' 04"
10 GREIPEL André        LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM            "
11 LEBAS Thomas         BRIDGESTONE ANCHOR        + 00' 06"
12 RODRIGUEZ Joaquin    KATUSHA TEAM                  "
13 NIBALI Vincenzo      LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE       + 00' 09"
14 VELITS Peter         OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP       "
15 CASAR Sandy          FDJ-BIGMAT                + 00' 13"
16 KUCHYNSKI Aliaksandr KATUSHA TEAM                  "
18 JEANNESSON Arnold    FDJ-BIGMAT                    "
19 GUSEV Vladimir       KATUSHA TEAM                  "
20 SCHÄR Michael        BMC RACING TEAM               "

Tour of Oman Overall Standings after Stage 2   
1  SAGAN Peter          LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE      6h 36' 43"
2  GREIPEL André        LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM        + 00' 04"
3  COOKE Baden          GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM    + 00' 07"
4  SLAGTER Tom          RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM     + 00' 09"
5  BOUHANNI Nacer       FDJ-BIGMAT                + 00' 10"
6  GALLOPIN Tony        RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 00' 10"
7  SUTTON Christopher   SKY PROCYCLING            + 00' 10"
8  FUGLSANG Jakob       RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 00' 13"
9  NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas GARMIN - BARRACUDA        + 00' 13"
10 CANCELLARA Fabian    RADIOSHACK-NISSAN         + 00' 17"

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.