Bonifazio denies sprinters at Saudi Tour to win stage 2

A late break from the peloton by Niccolo Bonifazio lit up the final kilometre of stage 2 of the Saudi Tour as the Italian held on for victory just two seconds ahead of the bunch.

Bonifazio was quickly followed across the line by Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain McLaren) and Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic).

Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) maintains a wafer thin lead after the 187km run from Sadus Castle to the outskirts of Riyadh, just one second ahead of Heinrich Haussler, with Bouhanni a further second back in third.

Thursday’s shorter but hilly 119km run from King Saud University to Al Bujairi will potentially shake up the standings with a further hilly stage before Saturday’s flat final stage run around Riyahd.

Saudi Tour 2020 – stage 2 results (Sadus Castle – Riyadh):

1Niccolò Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie)

4:32:31

2Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain McLaren)

+02”

3Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea – Samsic)

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4Timothy Dupont (Circus-Wanty Gobert)

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5Jens Debusschere (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept)

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6Orluis Aular (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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7Imerio Cima (Gazprom-RusVelo)

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8August Jensen (Riwal Readynez)

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9Julien Trarieux (Nippo Delko One Provence)

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10Youcef Reguigui (Terengganu Inc. TSG)

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Saudi Tour 2020 – general classification after stage 2:

1Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

8:24:35

2Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain McLaren)

+01”

3Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea – Samsic)

+02”

4Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain McLaren)

+09”

5Andreas Lorentz Kron (Riwal Readynez)

+10”

6Jens Debusschere (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept)

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7Carlos Barbero (NTT)

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8Matteo Malucelli (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

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9Sergey Chernetskiy (Gazprom-RusVelo)

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10Lucas Carsttensen (Bike Aid)

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