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Boasson Hagen wins Oman stage 2, takes GC lead

QURIYAT, Oman (AFP) — Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen won the second stage of the Tour of Oman on Wednesday, out-sprinting former Tour champ Vincenzo Nibali at the end of the 162-kilometer ride from Omantel Head Office to Quriyat.

“It was a really good stage for us today,” the Dimension Data rider said after his win. “The team did really well, especially at the end to keep me up at the front. They were on the front riding a really good tempo so nobody could attack. Tyler [Farrar] went into the base of the climb and then Nathan [Haas] did a long turn too. It was great to then finish off all the good work with the win.”

Stage 2, top 10

  • 1. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, in 4:12:00
  • 2. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 3. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 4. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 5. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 6. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 7. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 8. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 9. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 10. Serge PAUWELS, DIMENSION DATA, at :00

 

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, in 7:49:31
  • 2. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :04
  • 3. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :06
  • 4. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :06
  • 5. Serge PAUWELS, DIMENSION DATA, at :08
  • 6. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :10
  • 7. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :10
  • 8. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :10
  • 9. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :10
  • 10. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :16

 

An early breakaway of six riders animated the day, but Etixx – Quick-Step kept them on a relatively short leash, defending Bob Jungels’s GC lead. Three of the escapees came back to the peloton with 60 kilometers left, and the final trio were caught with 20km to race.

Dimension Data drove the pace into the final three kilometers, causing splits in the peloton. Boasson Hagen held his fire until the closing moments of the uphill finish and unleashed his race-winning sprint.

“It was a hard stage. The team did a really good job to make it harder in the flat part as we’ve got some strong guys going into the wind, so we tried to split the peloton up,” Van Avermaet said. “For me, it was about trying to go as far as possible and hoping that the others cracked in the sprint. Boasson Hagen was still there and just flew past. With 200m to go we started sprinting and Boasson Hagen was faster.”

Thursday’s third stage covers 176.5km from Al Sawadi Beach to Naseem Park.