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Brent Bookwalter extended his overall lead of the Tour of Qatar after his BMC team claimed victory in stage two's 14km team time trial.
Team Sky looked to have sewn the win up with a tactically astute ride that knocked five seconds off Omega Pharma - Quick-Step's previous best time.
But then BMC shed three men in the final kilometre and left their five strongest riders to power them over the line in a time of 16 minutes seven seconds.
The result means Bookwalter, who sprinted to victory on stage one on Sunday, stretches his overall lead to six seconds, with team-mate Taylor Phinney moving into second place and British rider Adam Blythe, also of BMC, third a further four seconds back.
Team Sky will still be pleased with their performance and now occupy places six to ten in the general classification.
Asked if he could now go on to win the race, Bookwalter said: "One day at a time. Anything can happen here with the wind. One minute you are in control, the next it is blown to pieces.
"We are going to enjoy today and get back on it tomorrow. It's a really strong field and it's still pretty close."