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Backstedt takes over Qatar lead

Swedish Fakta rider Maagnus Backstedt took over the lead in the five-day Tour of Qatar on Tuesday, while Frenchman Damien Nazon got the win in the second stage. Nazon completed the 131km run from Al Zubarah to Doha in 3:04:16, outgunning Brit Jeremy Hunt at the finish. Backstedt’s lead is two seconds over Brazilian Luciano Pagliarini, while Nazon is four seconds back. Day one leader Ivan Quaranta was ninth on Tuesday and fell to fourth in the overall.

By VeloNews Interactive

Swedish Fakta rider Maagnus Backstedt took over the lead in the five-day Tour of Qatar on Tuesday, while Frenchman Damien Nazon got the win in the second stage. Nazon completed the 131km run from Al Zubarah to Doha in 3:04:16, outgunning Brit Jeremy Hunt at the finish.

Backstedt’s lead is two seconds over Brazilian Luciano Pagliarini, while Nazon is four seconds back. Day one leader Ivan Quaranta was ninth on Tuesday and fell to fourth in the overall.

Results

TOUR OF QATAR, Stage 2, Al Zubarah to Doha. January 21-25; 1. Damien Nazon (F), Bonjour, 131km in 3:04:16 (42.656 kph); 2. Jeremy Hunt (GB); 3. Thorsten Wilhelms (G); 4. Christophe Capelle (F); 5. Andre Korff (G); 6. Rudi Kemna (Nl); 7. Miguel Angel Meza (Mex); 8. Steffen Radochla (G); 9. Ivan Quaranta (I); 10. Alexandre Chouffe (F), all same time

Also; 36. Jan Ullrich (G); 46. Laurent Jalabert (F), same time

Overall1. Maagnus Backstedt (S), Fakta, 5:47:50; 2. Luciano Pagliarini (Bra), at 0:02; 3. Damien Nazon (F), at 0:04; 4. Ivan Quaranta (I), same time; 5. Jeremy Hunt (GB), at 0:06; 6. Rudi Kemna (Nl), at 0:07; 7. Laurent Jalabert (F), at 0:07; 8. Christophe Mengin (F), same time; 9. Thorsten Wilhelms (G), at 0:08; 10. Jean-Patrick Nazon (F), same time

Also; 43. Jan Ullrich (G), at 0:10