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.