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La Vuelta - Stage 2 Report and First Results
By Mark Sharon
Date: 8/24/2014
La Vuelta - Stage 2 Report and First Results
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24 August, 2014

Stage 2: Algeciras - San Fernando 174.4km

Bouhanni triumphs on first road stage

FDJ.frs ace sprinter Nacer Bouhanni took the sprinters stage to San Fernando, besting John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano) and Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida).

Speaking to TV after the race Bounanni said, I had done well in the Eneco Tour, taking the only bunch sprint there, so I knew I was in good shape. We worked very hard for this," he said. "The last moment we were in a great position. It's a great day for me and for my whole team. We have to take our chances when we can. Each time I have a chance to win, I will take it. Maybe I can win a couple stages. Maybe I will give myself the goal of taking the points jersey."

The first road stage threatened to unpredictablity all day with the race contending with winds as a break enjoyed its freedom until the predicatbility asserted itself and it was reeled in at the 16km to go mark.

Movistar dug deep to ensure its tenuous lead was not pressured too much but there was change at the head of GC with Alejandro Valverde flexing his team leader muscles to take over from teammate Castroviejo as race leader. It was a swap that shouted loud that Valverde was feeling necessary to stamp his authority in the face of an unspoken threat from Nairo Quintana. It will be interesting to see if Valverde though may have sttained internal relations even furhter. Castrovijo wil have felt that his day in the sun was unkindly snatched from him in a fit of ego.

Route Map La Vuelta

Stage results Top 10

1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) 04:01:30
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
3 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
4 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
5 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
6 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale
7 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
9 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
10 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling

General classification after stage 2 - Top 10

1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 04:15:43
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
3 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
4 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
5 manol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
6 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
7 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale 00:00:06
8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge
9 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale
10 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge

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