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Peter Sagan wins stage two of Tour of Oman

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Peter Sagan won stage two of the Tour of Oman on Tuesday (February 12) to give Team Cannondale its first victory and give himself the red jersey of overall leader.

The Slovakian took the victory with a fast slipstreaming descent on the final climb, and then caught and passed Tony Gallopin by five seconds at the finish line. Martin Elmiger and Vincenzo Nibali were third and fourth on the same time as Gallopin.

A well-judged time bonus of 10 seconds gave Sagan the leader's jersey with Gallopin of Team Radioshack Leopard in second place overall.

For the second day running Bobbie Traksel attacked early and stayed out in the lead with Tomohiro Kinoshita until caught on the first of the two main climbs, Al Hamriya. On the second climb, Al Jissah, Alberto Contador attacked but other riders chased him over the summit and Gallopin, Elmiger and Nibali pulled ahead, looking for the 146 km stage win. But Sagan had descended fast and surged from behind to catch and pass them to the finish line.

The Tour continues with stage three of six on Wednesday (February 12).