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Feb 17, 2016 – Norwegian all-rounder Edvald Boasson Hagen won the second stage of the Tour of Oman on Wednesday, completing the 162km ride from Omantel Head Office to Quriyat in 4hrs 12mins. He finished clear of GC contenders, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali and Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium after a tight sprint following an aggressive ascent of the day’s 2.8km climb.

AFP/Kåre Dehlie Thorstad

“I managed to attack and get involved in the final sprint, so it was perfect for me,” said the 28-year-old former Sky man, who also seized the overall leader’s red jersey.

“My team did really well leading on the climb.” The climb saw overnight leader Bob Jungels dropped by 59sec while Australia’s Richie Porte was also distanced and trails by over three minutes.

After a consolidated 20km acceleration by the Astana and Dimension teams which smashed the peloton, Ireland’s Dan Martin of Etixx was also left trailing by 1min 41sec. Boasson Hagen leads overall by four seconds from Nibali and six seconds from Van Avermaet. Thursday’s third stage covers 176.5km from Al Sawadi Beach to Nasseem Park and looks set to end in a bunch sprint.

Friday’s stage however looks cut out for the pure climbers such as Nibali or Frenchman Romain Bardet.

Final kilometers of Stage 2

Results Stage 2:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 4:12:00
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
3. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
5. Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
6. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
7. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida
10. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:00:06

General Classification:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 7:49:31
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:04
3. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:06
4. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
5. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:00:08
6. Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:00:10
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
8. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
10. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:16