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Tour of Oman 2017 Stage 2

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Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) put in a commanding performance during stage 2 of the Tour of Oman today, winning the first uphill stage of this year’s race and moving up into the overall lead with four stages remaining.

The 145.5 kilometer stage featured four climbs and was the first battle of the General Classification contenders with a short but steep finish on the Al Jissah climb.

It was a battle for a breakaway to go clear in the first hour with the peloton registering a blistering pace of 50km/hr.

Two riders, Mark Christian (Aqua Blue Sport) and Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), eventually broke away and established an advantage of more than seven minutes over the peloton.

However, with 60 kilometers remaining, the peloton began to chase the down the escapees in earnest, ultimately reining them in during the final 20 kilometers.

From there, a series of further attacks ensued, subsequently splitting the peloton in half during the final approach to the finish, with Hermans and his teammate Greg Van Avermaet finding themselves in perfect position along the final climb.

Van Avermaet attacked with 1.5 kilometers to go, only to be overtaken by Merhawi Kudus (Dimension-Data).

However the BMC rider commenced a second attack, this time paving the way for Hermans to make a final surge for the line – easily eclipsing Rui Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi) and Jakob Fuglesang (Astana Pro Team) to seize the victory.

Hermans now leads the Tour of Oman by four seconds over Costa, and with six seconds on Fuglesang.

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Stage 2 Results
BEL 1 HERMANS, Ben (BMC RACING) 3:20:49
POR 2 FARIA DA COSTA, Rui Alberto (UAE ABU DHABI)
DEN 3 FUGLSANG, Jakob (ASTANA)
ERI 4 KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, Merhawi (DIMENSION DATA) + 4
AUS 5 HAAS, Nathan (DIMENSION DATA) + 7
ESP 6 DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, David (QUICK – STEP FLOORS)
ITA 7 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA)
8 ACEVEDO COLLE Javier Alexis (UNITEDHEALTHCARE)
BEL 9 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING)
FRA 10 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
SUI 11 FRANK, Mathias (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
BEL 12 DE PLUS, Laurens (QUICK – STEP FLOORS)
ETH 13 GRMAY, Tsgabu Gebremaryam (BAHRAIN – MERIDA)
AUS 14 MORTON, Lachlan (DIMENSION DATA) + 12
DEN 15 ANDERSEN, Søren Kragh (SUNWEB) + 17
ESP 16 FERNANDEZ CRUZ, Delio (DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE KTM) + 19
KAZ 17 ZEITS, Andrey (ASTANA)
BEL 18 PEYSKENS, Dimitri (WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT)
KAZ 19 LUTSENKO, Alexey (ASTANA)
AUS 20 NORRIS, Lachlan (UNITEDHEALTHCARE)
FRA 21 MARTIN, Guillaume (WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT) + 24
MAR 22 AIT EL ABDIA, Anass (UAE ABU DHABI) + 27
ERI 23 DEBESAY, Mekseb (DIMENSION DATA)
ITA 24 VISCONTI, Giovanni (BAHRAIN – MERIDA) + 29
ITA 25 OSS, Daniel (BMC RACING) + 33
ITA 26 PONZI, Simone (CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE)
SUI 27 HOLLENSTEIN, Reto (KATUSHA ALPECIN) + 35
FRA 28 DOUBEY, Fabien (WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT) + 37
USA 29 WARBASSE, Lawrence (AQUA BLUE SPORT) + 38
GBR 30 PEARSON, Daniel (AQUA BLUE SPORT)
31 KOSHEVOY Ilia (STH)
BEL 32 NAESEN, Oliver (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
33 MANION Gavin (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) + 44
EST 34 KANGERT, Tanel (ASTANA) + 45
ITA 35 SANTAROMITA, Ivan (NIPPO – VINI FANTINI) + 48
ALG 36 REGUIGUI, Youcef (DIMENSION DATA) + 53
BEL 37 DECLERCQ, Benjamin (SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE)
38 ANDERSON RODRIGUEZ SALAZAR JOHN (DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE KTM) + 56
LUX 39 JUNGELS, Bob (QUICK – STEP FLOORS) + 58
AUT 40 DENIFL, Stefan (AQUA BLUE SPORT)

General Classification after Stage 2
BEL 1 HERMANS, Ben (BMC RACING) 7:07:08
POR 2 FARIA DA COSTA, Rui Alberto (UAE ABU DHABI) + 4
DEN 3 FUGLSANG, Jakob (ASTANA) + 6
ERI 4 KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, Merhawi (DIMENSION DATA) + 14
AUS 5 HAAS, Nathan (DIMENSION DATA) + 17
ITA 6 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA)
7 ACEVEDO COLLE Javier Alexis (UNITEDHEALTHCARE)
ESP 8 DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, David (QUICK – STEP FLOORS)
SUI 9 FRANK, Mathias (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
FRA 10 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE)

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