QURIYAT, Oman (AFP) — Alexander Kristoff won stage 2 of the Tour of Oman Wednesday in Quriyat. Kristoff (Katusha) landed the stage and Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge) inherited the overall leader’s jersey at the end of the 139-kilometer leg from Al Bustan.
“In the final I started a little bit early with 500 meters to go,” said Kristoff. “After a rider passed me, I took his wheel and with 200 meters I started again. I just concentrated on myself and my feelings and I gave my all for a victory.”
Howard was second for the second day in a row, earning the red jersey previously worn by André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol). Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was third.
Led by IAM Cycling and Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, the peloton memorialized Belgian Kristof Goddaert at the start. Goddaert died Tuesday in a training crash in Antwerp.
The Tour of Oman continues Thursday with the 145km third stage, from Bank Muscat to Al Bustan.