Edvald Boasson Hagen’s fine form continued today at the Tour of Oman as he powered to an emphatic stage 2 victory. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was 2nd on the day with Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) rounding out the podium. Just as yesterday began with an early escape going clear, so it would be the case once again during today’s 2nd Tour of Oman stage. 6 riders were part of the escape, but with Etixx-Quickstep riding in defence of the leader’s jersey, they weren’t allowed any more than a 3’30” lead. While 3 of the breakaway riders decided to up the ante for the final.
Danielle Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the opening stage of the Ruta del Sol from a mass sprint. Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen) was 2nd and Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) claimed the 3rd position on the line. The 162km stage that finished in Sevilla started with some rolling undulations but the flat to downhill final 40km certainly lent itself to a sprint finish finale. That was the thought pattern for a number of the teams as only 4 riders chanced their arm in the main break of the day. The attacking quartet were allowed a 7-minute advantage before Movistar, Tinkoff and Southeast put some men forward. While.