Qatar 2: Roger Hammond wins, takes lead
By Gregor Brown, Cyclingnews.com | Tuesday, February 3, 2009 12.30am
Britain's Roger Hammond (L) punches the air in triumph as he crosses the finish line in first position to win the second stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race in Al-Khor, north of the capital Doha, on February 2, 2009. KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images
Roger Hammond polished off a day's work by Cervélo Test Team with a successful attack at the end of Tour of Qatar stage two in Al Khor. The Briton launched from a 14-man move that contained six of his teammates and top sprinters, like Tom Boonen and Danilo Napolitano. He maintained his advantage over the final 2,800 metres to win the stage and take the overall leader's golden jersey.
"With six guys in the front group and some of the top sprinters the world, it would be stupid to wait for a sprint. We were going to hit them one time, another time and then another time, and eventually one of us would go. I drew the lucky straw," said the 35-year-old Hammond.
Italy's Napolitano of Team Katusha won the sprint for second. Heinrich Haussler (Cervélo Test Team) and Boonen (QuickStep) took third and fourth.
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Hammond moved into the overall classification lead by six seconds over Boonen thanks to the bonus seconds awarded for the win. He took over the lead from compatriot Bradley Wiggins, who claimed the title after his Garmin-Slipstream team won the stage one team time trial.
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