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February 18/15 9:21 am - Tour of Oman: Stage 2


Posted by Editoress on 02/18/15
 

Fabian Cancellara sprinted to victory in the 195-kilometre stage two at the Tour of Oman. The stage, which started at Al Hazm Castle, ended with the three-kilometre Al Jissah climb that topped out five kilometres from the finish.

An attack by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) drew out the strongest climbing legs at the crest of the final decisive climb, but did little more than stretch out the top 15 or so riders; on the fast descent that followed 19 riders regrouped and stormed into the final kilometre. At the end of a long, hot day it was an on-form Cancellara that powered to the gradual uphill win, leaving Valverde and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) the minor placings respectively.

“I am really super happy and satisfied about this win. It’s a deserved win and gives a lot of confidence for us,” said a clearly elated Cancellara. “We were already good in Qatar but missed a few occasions and never had the result, and this confirms everything. We did a really good meeting yesterday to wake up and motivate everyone again, and today everyone did great. Today is the benefit of everyone doing his job, and that allows me to stay calm during the race; now we got the win and that is really amazing.”

Julian Arredondo also finished in 6th place; he was the first rider to crest the Al Jissah climb, while Cancellara paced himself not far behind. With three BMC riders in the leading group of 19 the situation played to Cancellara’s favor.

“BMC had three riders there and that was good. They pushed the pace on the downhill, and controlled it to the finish so there was no attacking,” added Cancellara. “I was a bit scared of attacks since I had only one push left and that was for the sprint.

“It was 40 degrees again today, and so dry, and at mid-way I suffered a lot. But then when we reached the coast it changed from dry to more humidity, and suddenly everything went better. I went to the car, received some things to help me cool down and refresh, and I was race-ready again.

“The boys helped me a lot today. They were always around me, they helped me before the climb, after the climb, and Julian helped in the climb…he was able to follow the best and I was just behind. It was a good situation for us, and then I knew that I only needed to keep my rhythm in the climb.”

The Tour of Qatar was a difficult race this year, and Trek Factory Racing arrived to Oman with a desire to better Cancellara’s second place in the stage three time trial.

“Yesterday in the meeting I told the team I wanted to go for the stage win today. I had focused on a few stages here to really race, not just try a bit, but really focus on the racing. Then I got a cold on the way here from Qatar and I was a bit down. But I told myself that I still have good legs, I had good rest, and the team really rallied around me. It all worked out today,” said Cancellara.

“The whole team worked hard for this, already in Qatar, and the level in Qatar and Oman is higher than previous years. With this win in the pocket, with [Bob] Jungels’ win, with Bauke Mollema’s second place, it shows that we are on the good way this year. It shows what we did last year was just the beginning and this year we are on schedule to build on that.
Courtesy Trek Factory Racing

Canada's only entry, Dominique Rollin (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) finished 63rd, 2:46 down on the winner and now sits 78th in GC at 3:56 back.

Results

Stage 2: Al Hazm Castle to Al Bustan, 195 km
1 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 4:36:46
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
4 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing
7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Team Katusha
9 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
10 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
11 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lampre - Merida
12 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
13 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
14 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
15 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling
16 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
17 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
18 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
19 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:05
20 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:46
21 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18
22 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
23 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
24 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
25 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka
26 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
27 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) IAM Cycling
28 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
29 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
30 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
31 Wouter Poels (Bel) Team Sky
32 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
33 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
34 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ
35 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha
36 Barguil Warren (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
37 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
38 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
39 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team
40 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF
41 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
42 Mathias Frank (Sui) IAM Cycling
43 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
44 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
45 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:53
46 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:55
47 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha s.t.
48 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky 1:15
49 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky
50 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team both s.t.
51 Christiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 1:31
52 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
53 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
54 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
55 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
56 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ
57 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
58 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
59 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
60 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
61 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida all s.t.
62 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 2:09
63 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:46
64 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18
65 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
66 Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
67 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
68 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling
69 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team
70 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step
71 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
72 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Crc) Movistar Team
73 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
74 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
75 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
76 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
77 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN-Qhubeka
78 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
79 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF all s.t.
80 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 3:29
81 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky 3:50
82 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
83 Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka both s.t.
84 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 4:37
85 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
86 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
87 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits all s.t.
88 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 4:59
89 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step
90 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Esp) Movistar Team
91 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team
92 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
93 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
94 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
95 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ all s.t.
96 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 6:19
97 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 7:35
98 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 8:23
99 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing
100 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha
101 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
102 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling
103 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha
104 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
105 Enrico Bardin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
106 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF
107 Adam Blythe (Gbr) Orica GreenEdge
108 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
109 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
110 Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
111 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
112 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
113 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
114 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
115 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
116 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling all s.t.
117 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 9:47
118 Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF 10:31
119 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 11:28
120 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky 11:29
121 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN-Qhubeka
122 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team
123 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
124 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
125 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky
126 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
127 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
128 Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
129 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
130 Eduard Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo
131 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
132 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ
133 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
134 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge
135 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
136 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida
137 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida
138 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ all s.t.
139 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ 11:35
140 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida 14:02
141 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 14:46
DNF Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge
DNF Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
 
GC
1 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 8:22:14
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team at 0:04
3 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 0:05
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:06
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:10
6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
7 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Team Katusha
9 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
10 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing
11 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
12 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
13 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lampre - Merida
14 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
15 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida
16 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
17 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
18 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling all s.t.
19 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:15
20 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 0:50
21 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:56
22 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka
23 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
24 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
25 Wouter Poels (Bel) Team Sky
26 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
27 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team
28 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
29 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
30 Barguil Warren (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
31 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
32 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
33 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
34 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
35 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
36 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
37 Mathias Frank (Sui) IAM Cycling
38 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF
39 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ
40 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18
41 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) IAM Cycling
42 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
43 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise all s.t.
44 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 1:05
45 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha s.t.
46 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:25
47 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky s.t.
48 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 1:25
49 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 1:41
50 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
51 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
52 Christiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18
53 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
54 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ
55 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
56 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step all s.t.
57 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida 1:49
58 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 1:51
59 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 2:01
60 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 2:19
61 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 2:53
62 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team 2:56
63 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
64 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling
65 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
66 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Crc) Movistar Team
67 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
68 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18
69 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
70 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
71 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN-Qhubeka
72 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
73 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
74 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge all s.t.
75 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step 3:13
76 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 3:39
77 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 3:53
78 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:56
79 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky 4:00
80 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
81 Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka both s.t.
82 Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4:23
83 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 4:47
84 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
85 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team both s.t.
86 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4:59
87 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 5:09
88 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
89 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
90 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Esp) Movistar Team
91 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team
92 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
93 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step all s.t.
94 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ 6:19
95 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 6:26
96 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 7:01
97 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 8:23
98 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 8:31
99 Enrico Bardin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 8:32
100 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 8:33
101 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
102 Adam Blythe (Gbr) Orica GreenEdge
103 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
104 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing
105 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
106 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
107 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling
108 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF
109 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling
110 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha
111 Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
112 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
113 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step all s.t.
114 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 8:56
115 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 9:54
116 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 10:25
117 Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF 10:40
118 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling 11:35
119 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 11:38
120 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky 11:39
121 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team
122 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
123 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
124 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ
125 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
126 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky
127 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
128 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN-Qhubeka
129 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
130 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida
131 Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
132 Eduard Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo all s.t.
133 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ 11:45
134 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 11:56
135 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida 12:05
136 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 12:06
137 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ 12:19
138 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 13:18
139 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 13:57
140 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida 14:12
141 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 14:56


 

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