Ben Hermans proved to be the fastest man on day two of the Tour of Oman.
If stage one was a battle for the sprinters then stage two was mostly a day for the climbers as the riders took the 142km picturesque route from Nakhal Castle to Muscat. The pack set off at an extremely brisk pace, covering 50k within the first hour.
After several attempted breakaways, two men, Mark Christian (Aqua Blue Sport) and Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) managed to take off. But the pair were reigned in by teams AG2R-La Mondiale, UAE Abu Dhabi and Astana, and then the gap started dropping dramatically.
In the end, the race was decided in the final 500m, as the Belgian BMC rider Hermans powered to the line ahead of Rui Costa of UAE Abu Dhabi and Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang.