Boasson Hagen wins stage 2 in Tour of Oman

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) confirmed that he is back to his best as he powered to victory in the first uphill finish at the Tour of Oman. After his team had helped control things on the 2.8km final climb, he launched his trademark uphill sprint and easily distanced Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) to claim his second victory in a week.

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.

Tour of Oman 2016 – stage 2 results (Omantel Head Office – Quriyat):

1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

4:12:00

2 Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

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3 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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4 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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5 Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

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6 Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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7 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

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8 Romain Bardet (AG2R)

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9 Rui Costa (Lampre – Merida)

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10 Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)

+06”

General classification after stage 2:

1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

7:49:31

2 Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

+04”

3 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

+06”

4 Romain Bardet (AG2R)

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5 Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)

+08”

6 Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

+10”

7 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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8 Rui Costa (Lampre – Merida)

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9 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

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10 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)

+16”

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