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Hammond breaks to take Qatar lead

Roger Hammond
Hammond is a former British road and cyclo-cross champion

Britain's Roger Hammond made a late break from the leading group to win stage two he Tour of Qatar, and take the overall lead from Bradley Wiggins.

Hammond, 35, riding for the new Cervelo Test Team, made his escape with just 2.8km to go on the 134km stage from Khalifa Stadium to Al Khor Corniche.

Strong winds on the flat desert roads broke up the peloton, but Hammond's team stuck together to set up the win.

"We started attacking and I was the lucky one," said Hammond.

"We knew it was going to be windy. We knew it wasn't going to a be a sprint finish," he added.

"We had to attack and that's what we did."

Wiggins' Garmin team won the opening stage, the team time trial on Sunday.

The tour continues on Tuesday with the 137.5km third stage to the Doha Golf Club.

Stage 2 results:

1. Roger Hammond (GB), Cervelo, 3hrs 33mins 0secs
2. Danilo Napolitano (Ita), Katusha, at 1sec
3. Heinrich Haussler (Ger), Cervelo, same time
4. Tom Boonen (Bel), Quick Step, same time
5. Angelo Furlan (Ita), Lampre, same time
6. Murilo Fischer (Bra), Liquigas, same time
7. Andreas Klier (Ger), Cervelo, same time
8. Xavier Florencio (Spa), Cervelo, at 4secs
9. Vicente Reynes (Spa), Columbia, same time
10. Daniel Lloyd (GB), Cervelo, same time

Overall standings

1. Roger Hammond (GB), Cervelo, 3hrs 39mins 30secs
2. Tom Boonen (Bel), Quick Step, at 6secs
3. Heinrich Haussler (Ger), Cervelo, at 7secs
4. Murilo Fischer (Bra), Liquigas, at 9secs
5. Andreas Klier (Ger), Cervelo, at 11secs
6. Steven De Jongh (Ned), Quick Step, at 11secs
7. Vicente Reynes (Spa), Columbia, at 13secs
8. Angelo Furlan (Ita), Lampre, at 14secs
9. Xavier Florencio (Spa), Cervelo, at same time
10. Daniel Lloyd (GB), Cervelo, at same time

Selected others:

26. Mark Cavendish, (GB), Columbia, at 2mins 20secs
30. Jeremy Hunt, (GB), Cervelo, at 2mins, 21secs
48. Bradley Wiggins (GB), Garmin, at 6mins 42secs
130. Ben Swift (GB), Katusha, at 21mins 14secs

see also
Wiggins targets Redgrave record
22 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Chris Hoy's track cycling basics
23 Apr 08 |  Get Involved

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