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.
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.