Photos from the second stage of the 2015 Tour of Qatar, won by Alexander Kristoff. Photos by Graham Watson

Fierce winds and sand storms played their part in shaping the second day’s action in the 2015 Tour of Qatar, splintering the peloton into pieces.

A 15-man group contested the sprint for stage honours, with Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) taking the win.

Italian Andrea Guardini (Astana) came home in second, with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in third on a day that suited classics hardmen.

>>> Alexander Kristoff wins stage two of the Tour of Qatar

Several riders got caught on the wrong side of splits, including Bradley Wiggins (Sky), Fabian Cancellara (Trek) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka).

Kristoff now leads the race overall, ahead of four-time race winner Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) in second place at one second.