65th Vuelta a España - Stage 2 Reactions
Rider and team reactions to Yauheni Hutarovich's win in Marbella. Comments from stage winner Hutarovich, Red Jersey Mark Cavendish and more....
© 2010 Vuelta a España
Points - Sprinters
Team & Rider
Stage two of the 2010 Vuelta ended in a bunch sprint and a surprise win for FDJ's Yauheni Hutarovich. The Belarusian outsprinted the cream of cycling's fast men, relegating Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transition) to second and third respectively.
Hutarovich made a late burst to the line, coming up in the last hundred metres when it looked to be a straight fight between Cavendish, Farrar and Lampre Varnese-Fini's Alessandro Pettachi. But the FDJ rider timed his sprint to perfection to came round on Cavendish's left hand side to take the win. Cavendish took second on the stage, Farrar third and Pettachi fourth. Footon-Servetto-Fuji's Antonio Lea Cardoso Manuel rounded out the top five, with Mark Cavendish retaining the leader's red jersey. Here are a selevction of post race comments:
Francaise des Jeux
Stage Winner Yauheni Hutarovich on his first win during a Grand Tour...:
"It was a little bit of a surprise – it’s my third grand tour and it’s just my first grand-tour stage victory.I wanted to come here to win a stage, so of course I am very content.I couldn’t believe when I was going to win, I could see Cav’ had some problems in his sprint. I saw it was my moment and I went 100 percent."
"My stage win at [this year's] the Tour of Poland was my first one at ProTour level. It was instrumental in building my confidence so that I could get my first win in a grand tour. I decided to follow Cavendish after being well positioned by my teammates. I stayed on his wheel and I waited for the right moment to get out. When I won I couldn’t believe, but I’d seen that Cavendish was struggling and so I gave it everything and it worked out perfectly. I’m delighted for myself and for my team."
"I am a sprinter and I live for the sprints....Now I am finding my way among the big sprinters. To beat Cavendish, who is the best sprinter in the world, is something exceptional."
Mark Cavendish on a very hot and tough day...
"It was a very difficult day, incredibly hot and the guys did an incredible job on such tough terrain. I had goose bumps and I was throwing up I was that hot. It was only when we got to the coast and the weather cooled down that I started feeling a bit more normal."
"I’m incredibly lucky that I have such a great team of guys around me. They work so hard. I didn’t have to spend any extra energy at all. But the heat killed me. I was suffering a lot...It’s always disappointing when you don’t get a win after your teammates have worked so hard, but stage five is another good opportunity and we’ll try and take it."
This race is the first time I’ve ridden with Matt Goss. It’s not quite the same as when I’m with Mark but we’re learning. It always takes me a couple of days to get into the rhythm of a major stage race too, so we’ll keep going and see what happens."
Team Saxo Bank
Kasper Klostergaard on a very hot day...
DS Bradley McGee on a tougher than expected day...
"It was a tough and hot day and the climb at the end of the stage was a little bit harder than anyone expected. It wasn't until the very last part of the stage after the climb that we decided to ride for JJ [Juan José Haedo]. He gave it a good go but the circumstances made it a lucky man's sprint and I'm confident that JJ will have a good chance of taking a win during the race. We're really going to pay attention on tomorrow's stage which serves a long climb after 120 kilometers and a tricky uphill finish."
"40 degrees! It was one of the hottest days I've experienced as a bike rider but I'm happy to be down here to help the Team and Fränk to an overall big result. The atmosphere is great and we're all excited about taking part of the race. Today, we tried our best to put JJ in a good position and I'm sure that he will get better as the race progresses. Tomorrow, we need to make sure that Fränk [Schleck], Andy [Schleck], Anders [Lund] and Gustav [Larsson] make it over the big climb in the first group. The heat may cause problems for a lot of riders tomorrow.".
Theo Bos on suffering after his early crash..
"It was a very hard day, too hot. In the final, I had two problems, first with the knee, if I put pressure, it was painful. I have to look at that. Then, with the heat, I lost too much power during the stage, and I could see the best sprinters were ahead of me."
Sports Director Philippe Mauduit on the effects of a late night...
"This stage was very difficult. We saw a lot of riders who were dropped during the stage due to the late finish last night and they are very tired this morning. It was very hot and hard. We finished with a bunch sprint, but everyone was very tired. We planned to try something with Theo because he's here to gain experience for his future. It was not really the goal for Thor today and we wanted to take the chance today with Theo. When Thor says he's ready to try something, we trust his decision and we will give him full support."
Xavier Tondo on supporting team leader Carlos Sastre...
"I am here to help Carlos so that's the most important thing. [Tomorrow's] stage could be difficult, with the heat and it's early in the race. Maybe we will see some of the favorites lose time. We have to be alert."
Ben Swift on his seventh place finish...
"I felt pretty good all day once I got adjusted to the heat. Pete Kennaugh and Ian Stannard then shepherded me to the finish - they did a really good job helping me stay relaxed and chilled out. And then when we needed to we moved up and with about 2km to go I got onto the back of Petacchi's train after a little bit of a battle with Thor Hushovd. But we were right down the centre of the road so we had people coming from both sides. With 1km to go I got onto Hushovd's wheel but he suddenly seemed to sit up so I had to attack and come around the outside to get back to where I wanted to be. As soon as I'd done that the sprint started so I more or less had to do two big efforts back to back."
"That was just a bit of a shame because I felt like I had really good legs and apart from Cav and Hutarovich, I was closing on the others pretty quick at the finish but that's bike racing."
Oscar Friere on a new sprinter emerging...
<"I don't know him, I have never heard his name. But we'll have to watch him, as he has just beaten one of the best current sprinters, Cavendish."
DS Antonio Cabello on the team's attempted escape with Javier Ramírez Abeja...
"We tried to death, but the teams worked to prevent the breakaway from succeeding. In any case, is the first step in line and there we were with Ramirez Abeja. We are satisfied. Tomorrow we will return to work. "
Team Euskaltel-Euskadi Alava
Sprinter Koldo Fernandez de Larrea on his sixth place finish...
"The truth is that the list of sprinters that has the Vuelta in this edition is special. Cavendish, Farrar, Petacchi, Bennati ... They are great sprinters and Hutarovich's win is a surprise. I was in good condition in the race and when entered the sprint. I have been a bit closed off against the fence...I launched the sprint, but the placement was not the best ... [It is the] first day of racing, [all] the forces are intact and that makes these finishes closely contested, it was a difficult day. We must have patience and opportunities will keep coming because I am confident in my ability. "
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