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Froome sixth as Sagan wins again

Team Sky's Chris Froome finished sixth on the second day of the Tour of Oman as Peter Sagan clinched a victory to claim the overall lead.

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Peter Kennaugh skilfully marshalled team-mate Froome throughout a 146-kilometre trek from Fanja in Bidbid, with Richie Porte coming into his own during the intermediate sprint.

That helped keep Tour de France runner-up Froome in contention up until near the end, but he had no answer to Cannondale rider Sagan who attacked over the last five kilometres to claim his first stage victory of the season.

Sagan, who also won stage two of last year's race and can count three stage wins from the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana among his recent achievements, finished five seconds clear of runner-up Tony Gallopin of RadioShack with Martin Elmiger and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) a further two seconds back.

Sagan's success saw him move nine seconds clear of Gallopin at the top of the general classification with Froome, who finished seven seconds adrift of the Slovakian on today's stage, 17 seconds off the pace in sixth.

Tour de France champion Wiggins, who was classified as finishing last yesterday after being delayed by a late crash, is in 55th place overall, one minute and 42 seconds behind Sagan, after coming home in the pack today 11 seconds back.

Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal said on www.teamsky.com: "It was a good day for us and I'm happy with how we performed."

He added of Sagan's win: "Sagan's an amazing rider and did brilliantly to stay in contact on such a tricky final climb. His attack at the end there was equally impressive and he's shown once again just how strong a rider he is."

Marcel Kittel of Germany had been the race leader for Argos-Shimano going into the stage but he fell away as the route went up the final climb before finishing well adrift.