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 " 5 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas GARMIN - BARRACUDA " 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 " 17 VAN WINDEN Dennis RABOBANK CYCLING 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.