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Two late clmbs see plenty of action, Slovak gets clear to take over red jersey from Marcel Kittel

Cannondale's Peter Sagan is the new leader of the Tour of Oman after winning Stage 2 of the race, getting clear of the pack on a fast descent off the summit of the Al Jissah climb, crested 6.5km from the finish of the stage in Al Bustan. RadioShack-Leopard's Tony Gallopin, third overall last year when he won the young rider's classification, finished second and Martin Elmiger of BMC Racing was third.

Team Sky had been in the thick of the action towards the end of the 146 kilometre stage from Fanja In Bidbid, with Bradley Wiggins and Peter Kennaugh both getting among the KOM points at the first of the two climbs late on, and Richie Porte and Kennaugh each picking up bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint that lay between that and the final ascent. Chris Froome was the team's highest finisher, placing sixth.

On that last descent, with riders such as overnight leader Marcel Kittel of Argos-Shimano already dropped, Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador briefly got off the front with the man he took the maillot jaune off on his way to winning the 2009 Tour de France, AG2R-La Mondiale's Rinaldo Nocentini, but a front group reformed and eventually it was Sagan who got clear to ride to victory and the overall lead.

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Tour of Oman Stage 1 result   
   
1  SAGAN Peter            CANNONDALE                  3h 48' 36"
2  GALLOPIN Tony          RADIOSHACK LEOPARD           + 00' 05" 
3  ELMIGER Martin         IAM CYCLING                  + 00' 05" 
4  NIBALI Vincenzo        ASTANA PRO TEAM              + 00' 05"
5  STYBAR Zdenek          OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP      + 00' 07" 
6  FROOME Christopher     SKY PROCYCLING               + 00' 07" 
7  BANDIERA Marco         IAM CYCLING                  + 00' 11" 
8  MARCATO Marco          VACANSOLEIL-DCM              + 00' 11" 
9  IMPEY Daryl            ORICA GREENEDGE              + 00' 11" 
10 BOUHANNI Nacer         FDJ                          + 00' 11" 
11 MEERSMAN Gianni        OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP      + 00' 11" 
12 VANDENBERGH Stijn      OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP      + 00' 11" 
13 SOUPE GEOFFREY         FDJ                          + 00' 11" 
14 LAGUTIN Sergey         VACANSOLEIL-DCM              + 00' 11" 
15 BODNAR Maciej          CANNONDALE                   + 00' 11" 
16 NOCENTINI Rinaldo      AG2R LA MONDIALE             + 00' 11" 
17 DEMPSTER Zakkari       TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA           + 00' 11" 
18 BOUET Maxime           AG2R LA MONDIALE             + 00' 11" 
19 VELITS Peter           OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP      + 00' 11" 
20 TSCHOPP Johann         IAM CYCLING                  + 00' 11" 
   
Overall standings after Stage 2  
   
1  SAGAN Peter            CANNONDALE                  7h 53' 25"
2  GALLOPIN Tony          RADIOSHACK LEOPARD           + 00' 09"
3  ELMIGER Martin         IAM CYCLING                  + 00' 11"
4  NIBALI Vincenzo        ASTANA PRO TEAM              + 00' 15"
5  BOUHANNI Nacer         FDJ                          + 00' 17"
6  FROOME Christopher     SKY PROCYCLING               + 00' 17"
7  STYBAR Zdenek          OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP      + 00' 17"
8  VANDENBERGH Stijn      OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP      + 00' 21"
9  BANDIERA Marco         IAM CYCLING                  + 00' 21" 
10 VELITS Peter           OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP      + 00' 21"

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.

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David Arthur @d... [717 posts] 3 years ago
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Classy win, attacking on a descent. Bit of a Cancellara move that

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Simon_MacMichael [2466 posts] 3 years ago
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David Arthur wrote:

Classy win, attacking on a descent. Bit of a Cancellara move that

Yup, and as I said in the preview, today's stage profile was like a mini Milan-Sanremo... where last year, Sagan led the field home breathing down the front trio's necks.

Good practice ride  3

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WolfieSmith [1327 posts] 3 years ago
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What is going on with Eurosport 'The home of Cycling'? They'e only started tonight with yesterday's stage and my first attempt at recording gave me half an hour of 'Live Welsh Snooker.' Hardly a home - more a cardboard lean-to of cycling being constantly moved on by tennis, skiing and everything else under the sun.

It's not so much of a problem when ITV4 kicks in but I don't want be fannying around with Eurosport for the Giro if they still bump it for 'Tiddlywinks from Tawain' as they keep on doing.

To paraphrase Terry Thomas Eurosport really are ' an absolute shower.'  14