Sagan takes Oman stage two
Wed, 15 Feb 13:46:00 2012
Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale moved top of the overall classification at the Tour of Oman after finishing first in stage two at Wadi Dayqah Dam on Wednesday.
After coming in fifth yesterday, the Slovak rider came in ahead of Australia's Baden Cooke (GreenEdge) and Rabobank cyclist Ton Jelte Slagter of the Netherlands to overtake Andre Greipel as overall leader after the German had reigned supreme on stage one.
For the second successive stage, world champion Mark Cavendish (Sky) of Great Britain was not involved in the sprint after dropping back on the final climb, one which only a fraction of the chasing pack were able to survive before mounting an attempt at the finish.
BMC Racing dominated the early portion of the stage, with Martin Kohler and Klaas Lodewijck part of the early pace-setters along with David Boucher of FDJ-BigMat and Farnese Vini rider Diego Caccia, who gained a three-minute-plus advantage on the other racers.
But the lead was to be for nothing when they were caught up on the final five-kilometre stretch, while Liquigas guided Sagan into the right position prior to his explosive surge for the line and his first victory of 2012.
"It was a good finish for me but it's never easy to win," Sagan said.
"I went quite early because it seemed that the others were already starting their sprints. After that, it came as it came."
The third stage on Thursday is a 144.5km ride between Al Awabi and Muscat Bank.
Tour of Oman - stage 2