Sagan wins 2nd stage in Oman, takes lead

Updated 13 February 2013
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Sagan wins 2nd stage in Oman, takes lead

AL BUSTAN, Oman: Slovakia’s Peter Sagan won the second stage of the Tour of Oman yesterday and moved into the overall lead, following a 146km run from Fanja in Bidbid to Al Bustan, close to the Oman Sea.
The 23-year-old Cannondale rider broke free from the pack in the final kilometer to finish 9secs in front of Frenchman Tony Gallopin, with Swiss rider Martin Elmiger a further two seconds back.
Sagan, the defending Slovakian champion, also won stage two on last year’s race and counts three stages wins to his name on both the Tour de France and Tour of Spain in a career that continues to flourish.
Last year’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins endured a frustrating start to his challenge during stage one on Monday as he came in last over a minute behind stage winner Marcel Kittel.
The popular British rider was delayed by a pile-up in the last few kilometers of the 162km stage and came in 1min 30sec adrift of the leaders.
However Team Sky are confident they will 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 within the closing 3km of a stage.
“There was a crash with 2km to go,” said Team Sky’s sports director Nicolas Portal.
“Bradley was not caught up in it but he was behind it and there was a little split in the peloton as the riders slowed down. So, with the 3km rule he should be fine.” The official results still listed the Olympic time-trial champion as 142nd and last before the start of stage two as Team Sky await a decision on their appeal.
The six-stage race continues Wednesday with the third stage route over 190km between Nakhal Fort and Wadi Dayqah Dam, which features a profile that will again suit the likes of attacking riders like Sagan.


Thomas Mueller admits Bayern Munich face tough task at Real Madrid

Updated 2 min 46 sec ago
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Thomas Mueller admits Bayern Munich face tough task at Real Madrid

Thomas Mueller admitted Bayern Munich’s treble dreams received a reality check at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Bayern left themselves with everything to do in the second leg in Madrid on Tuesday after losing the semifinal first leg 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern have only rarely being tested by their domestic rivals this season, and Mueller said that may have been part of the problem on Wednesday night.
“We were too naive, we had several very, very good chances. In the Bundesliga, we say ‘thank you’,” said Bayern’s captain, who squandered several opportunities himself against the Spanish giants.
“Perhaps the importance of the game played a role.”
Bayern wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title three weeks ago and reached the German Cup final on May 19.
Yet an off-key Real managed to all but burst Bayern’s treble dreams.
“I have rarely seen a Madrid team who allowed so many chances, that’s why we won’t give up,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.
Real inched closer to a third straight Champions League final after Marco Asensio’s winner capped their comeback win, yet Madrid were below-par by their own admission.
“Bayern were perhaps the better team, that was an average performance from us, it must be said,” conceded Real’s Toni Kroos, a former Bayern midfielder.
Nevertheless, Mueller is optimistic for the return leg.
“We won there last season,” said the Germany international of the quarterfinal away leg last year.
In 2017 in Madrid, Bayern led 2-1 after 90 minutes to force extra time, but then conceded three goals, as Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped up his hat-trick, to lose 4-2 and bow out.
“Real are definitely vulnerable. We need a different killer’s mentality,” added Mueller.
To compound Bayern’s problems, Arjen Robben, Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng all picked up injuries.
Boateng is out for the rest of the season with a groin injury, Bayern confirmed on Thursday.
Robben, who has a groin strain, and Martinez, who has a head injury, are doubtful for the return leg.