Tour of Oman: Boasson Hagen wins stage 2 in Quriyat

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) took the stage victory and the race lead on the second day of the Tour of Oman on Wednesday, emerging fastest up the short, but steep finishing climb to Quriyat.

The Norwegian opened up a clear gap in the sprint, with Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) coming across the line for second, alongside Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in third.

Race leader Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) was distanced on the final climb and ended up losing almost a minute, meaning that Boasson Hagen now leads overall, with Nibali at four seconds and Van Avermaet at six.

The climb to Quriyat, 2.8 kilometres long with an average gradient of 6.5 per cent, was always going to be tricky for Jungels, but Etixx-QuickStep weren’t expecting Dan Martin to be dropped before it had even been reached. The Irishman lost ground as the peloton split in the run-up to the climb and lost 1:41, severely denting any general classification ambitions he was harbouring.

Richie Porte (BMC) said he wasn’t surprised or perturbed to lose time on the opening stage, and the same happened again today, with the Australian also dropped before the climb and suffering a further deficit of three minutes.

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R-La Mondiale), Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polowice), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Romain Bardet (AG2R), and Rui Costa (Lampre-Merdia) all finished in the front group of nine, with Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) just behind, meaning the GC is taking shape ahead of Friday’s crucial test on Green Mountain.

How it happened

After some early skirmishes in the opening kilometres, a group of six went clear to form the break of the day. Kenny Dehaes (Wanty Groupe Gobert) and Christoph Pfingsten (Bora-Argon 18), not put off by their efforts in the escape on the previous day, were joined by Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Jesper Asselman (Roompot), Stijn Steels (Topsport Vlaanderen Baloise), and Alexander Kamp (Stöltin Service Group).

They opened up a lead of about three minutes by the time they took on the first climb of the day at Bousher Al Amerat, where Pfingsten took maximum points, followed by Steels and Dehaes.

As the road moved inland, Etixx-QuickStep exerted some control on the peloton, with mostly rolling roads now separating them from the steep final climb in the last couple of kilometres. The leaders had over three minutes by the first intermediate sprint at the halfway stage, where Kamp took the points, but they then started attacking each other.

Asselman attacked, Kamp followed, and after a brief look round, Périchon bridged over, leaving Dehaes, Steels, and Pfingsten to drop back to the bunch.

The leading trio fought on but the peloton steadily ate away at their lead and by 20km to go the game was up. It was at that stage that the road headed downhill and the peloton began to split up, with Martin and Porte among those to lose ground.

CCC set the pace on the flat run-up to the final climb, aiming to tee up former Ardennes specialist Rebellin, with Astana and Dimension taking it up on the final climb. No massive gaps appeared between the big names on the steep gradients, and Boasson Hagen was always going to be the man with the fastest finish, sealing his second win of the season and pulling on his second leader’s jersey after last week’s efforts in Qatar.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data4:12:00
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 4 - Cell 2
6Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:00:06
11Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 10 - Cell 2
12Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 11 - Cell 2
13Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 12 - Cell 2
14Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 14 - Cell 2
16Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:14
17Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha0:00:16
18Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha0:00:18
19Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 19 - Cell 2
21Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:21
22Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:24
23Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:26
25Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:31
26George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:41
27Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 26 - Cell 2
28Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:43
29Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:56
30Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension DataRow 29 - Cell 2
31Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:59
32Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 31 - Cell 2
33Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Stölting Service GroupRow 33 - Cell 2
35Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension DataRow 34 - Cell 2
36Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:03
37Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:07
38Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:01:09
39Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 38 - Cell 2
40Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:12
41Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:22
42Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:01:26
46Steven Tronet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:32
47Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:01:41
48Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 48 - Cell 2
50Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 49 - Cell 2
51Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 50 - Cell 2
52Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:01:50
54Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:55
55Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:59
56Matthew Busche (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:02:06
57Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:02:43
58Johan Vansummeren (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 57 - Cell 2
59Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 59 - Cell 2
61Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 63 - Cell 2
65Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:51
66Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:03
67Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service GroupRow 66 - Cell 2
68Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 69 - Cell 2
71Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 70 - Cell 2
72Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 71 - Cell 2
73Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:03:06
75Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 74 - Cell 2
76Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 75 - Cell 2
77Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:03:16
78Tim Kerkhof (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:03:31
79Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:03:52
80Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 79 - Cell 2
81Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 80 - Cell 2
82Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Stölting Service GroupRow 81 - Cell 2
83Michael Reihs (Den) Stölting Service GroupRow 82 - Cell 2
84Artym Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 84 - Cell 2
86Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 85 - Cell 2
87Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 86 - Cell 2
88Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service GroupRow 87 - Cell 2
89Carlos Alzate (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:07
92Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:04:11
93Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:04:52
94Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 93 - Cell 2
95Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
96Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 95 - Cell 2
97Dias Omirzakaov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 97 - Cell 2
99Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 98 - Cell 2
100Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 99 - Cell 2
101Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 101 - Cell 2
103Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 102 - Cell 2
104Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Wesley Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 104 - Cell 2
106Ivar Slik (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 105 - Cell 2
107Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 108 - Cell 2
110Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 110 - Cell 2
112Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:05:11
113Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:05:26
114Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:30
115Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 114 - Cell 2
116Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
118Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:05:34
119Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin0:05:55
120Alexander Kamp (Den) Stölting Service GroupRow 119 - Cell 2
121Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:06:23
122Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha0:07:00
123Marco Haller (Aut) Team KatushaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team KatushaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 124 - Cell 2