Vuelta a Espana: Quintana wins stage two of La Vuelta as Roche gains red jersey
Nairo Quintana laid down a marker for his credentials to purchase the Vuelta a Espana with victory on stage two of the scuttle.
Quintana held off the bid of Eire’s Nicolas Roche and Primoz Roglic to purchase by five seconds after 199.6km in the saddle.
But Roche holds the chief’s crimson jersey by two seconds from Quintana.
The Colombian is chasing a second success over the three-week scuttle in Spain, having obtained in 2016.
Even supposing Sunday’s stage from Benidorm to Calpe began and accomplished on the cruise, it became as soon as a day for the climbers and there are few better than Quintana. The Movistar rider became as soon as in a community of six chasing the stage purchase in the final 10km.
He launched a decisive ****** in the final 3km, which none of the others might maybe maybe well well moreover match and he crossed the line in a time of 5 hours 11 minutes and 17 seconds to bid his tenth stage victory in cycling’s spacious excursions – the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta – powerful to the satisfaction of the Colombian supporters there to cheer on him and Rigoberto Uran.
Roche and Roglic came in five seconds on the wait on of him with primary classification contender Uran and Spain’s Mikel Nieve clocking the same time in fourth and fifth respectively.
It became as soon as sufficient for Sunweb’s Roche to terminate the day in crimson as chief of the GC standings for the principle time since 2013 when he moreover led after stage two. Astana’s Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez had been in crimson after the gap-day group time trial.
“It’s an unparalleled feeling,” he told Eurosport. “It’s been six years now since I had the crimson jersey, so it is an unparalleled day. Merely to be wait on in the chief’s jersey of a spacious tour, I’m speechless.”
Roche is attempting to conform to in the footsteps of Sean Kelly and change into an Irish winner of the Vuelta after Kelly’s triumph in 1988.
James Knox is the main Briton in twenty fifth on the GC standings, already one minute 41 seconds on the wait on of Roche.
The scuttle continues on Monday with a 188km flat stage from Ibi Ciudad del Juguete to Alicante.
Stage 2 end result:
1. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) 5hrs 11 minutes 17 secs
2. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Sunweb) +5 secs
3. Primoz Roglic (Svn/Jumbo-Visma) +5 secs
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +5 secs
5. Fabio Aru (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) +5 secs
6. Mikel Nieve (Spa/Mitchelton Scott) +8 secs
7. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col/EF Education First) +37 secs
8. Tadej Podacar (Svn/UAE Team Emirates) +37 secs
9. Alexander Aranburu Deba (Spa/Caja Rural-Seguros) +37 secs
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +37 secs
General Classification standings (after stage two):
1. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Sunweb) 5hrs 26 minutes 12 secs
2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +2 secs
3. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +8 secs
4. Mikel Nieve (Spa/Mitchelton-Scott) +22 secs
5. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Spa/Astana Pro) +33 secs
6. Primoz Roglic (Svn/UAE Team Emirates) +36 secs
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Sunweb) +38 secs
8. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col/EF Education First) +40 secs
9. Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe) +40 secs
10. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +46 secs