A frantic start to the 2nd stage of the Tour of Qatar saw echelons forming from the gun. Riders were spread all across the desert road during the first hour of racing as Etixx-Quickstep piled on the pressure during a sandstorm of note. Thankfully for some, the howling crosswind soon became more of a tailwind and a general regrouping took place with 60km completed. Johann van Zyl used this new race situation to his advantage as he jumped clear of the peloton with 4 other riders.
The quintet was able to build their lead up to 2 and a half minutes before the peloton sprung back to life and began the chase. The prevailing winds again broke the peloton apart in the chase effort, resulting in 22 riders forming at the head of the race with just less than 60km's to go. A few riders were then shelled from the lead group, leaving just 15 in contention for the stage while the race behind was in pieces.