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.
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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.