Sky lose Oman lead in ferocious final hour's racing

Edvald Boasson Hagen finishes, Tour of Oman 2010, stage four

Team Sky and Edvald Boasson Hagen have lost the race lead of the Tour of Oman after a spectacular mass attack in the final hour and the Norwegian's halt for a call of nature combined to leave him stranded in a second echelon.

The stage was won with a gutsy sprint by HTC-Columbia's first year pro. Leigh Howard. Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) was second but has the consolation of moving into the overall lead, whilst Quick Step's Tom Boonen was third, Britain's Roger Hammond (Cervélo) showed strong form with fourth and Alex Dowsett (Trek-Livestrong) was back in the mix once again with twelfth.

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