Slovakia's Peter Sagan won the second stage of the Tour of Oman on Tuesday and moved into the overall lead, following a 146km ride from Fanja in Bidbid to Al Bustan.
The 23-year-old Cannondale rider broke free from the pack in the final kilometre to finish 5secs in front of Frenchman Tony Gallopin and Swiss rider Martin Elmiger.
Sagan, a three-time stage winner on the Tour de France last year, holds an overall lead of 9secs on Gallopin with Elmiger a further two seconds back.
Last year's Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is 1min 42sec behind Sagan, after losing an appeal against his last place finish in Monday's opening stage.
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Wiggins, also the Olympic time-trial champion, was delayed by a pile-up in the last few kilometres of the 162km stage and came in 1min 30sec adrift of the leaders.
Team Sky were confident they would win an appeal on the basis that according to rules governing crashes, he should be awarded the same time as those riders he was riding with, when he was within the closing 3km of the finish.
However, organisers decided that because Wiggins' was with several Sky teammates that eventually caught the leading group, he had the chance to catch up and should not be reclassified, meaning he will keep his original time.
Former Tour de France winners Alberto Contador of Spain and Australian Cadel Evans are both 11sec behind Sagan in the stage and overall standings.
The six-stage race continues Wednesday with the third stage over 190km between Nakhal Fort and Wadi Dayqah Dam, which features a profile that will again suit the likes of attacking riders like Sagan.