They got it at last! Euskaltel-Euskadi could finally get back to their "orange warriors" condition as David Herrero scored for the Basque team in the sprint finish of Sunday morning's stage two of the Clásica Internacional de Alcobendas, held over 79 kilmetres and both starting and finishing at Collado Villalba, a town on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain.
The stage was featured by several breakaway attempts, with Iñigo Cuesta as main protagonist. The man from the "red bird" team Saunier Duval-Prodir who attacked on the Guadarrama ascent and made the gap. He couldn't gain more than a minute or so on the peloton anyway, and was pulled back into the bunch with 11k to go. Then Phonak (working for their appointed sprinter Robert Hunter, who eventually had to settle with second place though), Team LPR and the same Saunier Duval moved to the front of the bunch in order to keep things under control. But regardless of that they couldn't prevent Herrero from making his winning move 300m from the line. The Basque held onto a slender margin in the very last metres and could finally raise his arms in triumph, for himself and for his team, desperately in need of a victory.
Saturday's opener winner Pavel Tonkov (Rus - Team LPR) easily held onto the overall lead, in an event which is set to finish this afternoon with a 14.2-km. ITT around the city of Alcobendas.
Stage 2 (Collado Villalba-Collado Villalba, 78.4 km) - Top 5 Places
1. David Herrero (Spa - Euskaltel-Euskadi) 3h. 55 53
2. Robert Hunter (RSA - PSaunier Duval-Prodir) - s .t.
3. Jon Del Río(Spa - Andalucía-Paul Versan) - s .t.
4. Aaron Kemps (Aus - Liberty Seguros Team) - s .t.
5. Angel Edo (Spa - Saunier Duval-Prodir) - s .t.
Clásica Internacional Alcobendas-Collado Villalba: GC after Stage 2
1. Pavel Tonkov (Rus - Team LPR)
2. José Ángel. Gómez Marchante (Spa - Saunier Duval-Prodir) - at 12"
3. Francisxo Pérez (Spa - Maia) - at 19"
4. Miguel Angel. Martín Perdiguero (Spa - Saunier Duval-Prodir) - at 29"
5. Francisco Mancebo (Spa - Illes Balears) - at 32"