MADRID, Community of Madrid, Aug 25, 2013 (AFP) – Ireland’s Nicolas Roche
(Saxo) won the second stage of the Tour of Spain as he sprinted clear in the
final few metres of the 177.7km ride from Pontevedra to Baiona on Sunday.
Roche was followed home by Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and Domenico Pozzovivo
(AG2R) in second and third respectively, but Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo
Nibali did enough to move ahead in the overall classification as he finished
just 14 seconds back.
“It is an incredible day for me,” Roche told TVE afterwards.
“I have done a lot of work to be in good shape for this tour.
“I hope to keep having a good performance. If I can get to Madrid in
fourth, fifth or sixth (in the overall classification) it will be an
incredible tour for me.”
Nibali meanwhile was happy to take the leader’s red jersey at such an early
stage but is well aware of the challenge that lies ahead of him over the next
three weeks if he is to win the tour for a second time.
“I am in very good condition and happy to have this red jersey that I
already had once before back in 2010.
“But the Tour of Spain is very long and hard so I have to keep going day by
The first four hours of the race had been dominated by a three way
breakaway as Francisco Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), Gregory Henderson
(Lotto-Belisol) and Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Sharp) built up a substantial lead
over the peloton.
The trio’s advantage was as much as 13 minutes past the halfway mark before
Lampre and Astana started to up the pace in the peloton and a strong headwind
also began to hinder the leaders.
Aramendia, Henderson and Rasmussen were finally caught just before the 11km
category one climb up the Alto do Monte da Groba to finish, but apart from a
short lived attack from Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) a large leading group
remained together until the final two kilometers.
Czech Konig Leopold (NetApp) was first to make a break, but Moreno and
Roche responded quickly and it was the latter who was stronger in the final
few hundred meters to take his first grand tour stage victory.
Spaniards Ernesto Valverde (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) had a
better day after disappointing team time trials on Saturday as they finished
just 12 seconds back to remain in contention.
However, it was a disastrous stage for Sergio Henao (Sky) as he was dropped
on the final climb and lost 2mins 41sec.
Results and standings from the second stage of the Tour of Spain, a 177.7km ride from Pontevedra to
Alto do Monte da Groba on Sunday:
1. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SAX) 4h37min 09sec
2. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) at 0:02.
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 0:06.
4. Leopold König (CZE/APP) 0:11.
5. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:12.
6. Diego Ulissi (ITA/LAM) 0:12.
7. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 0:12.
8. Ivan Basso (ITA/CAN) 0:14.
9. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 0:14.
10. Rigoberto Uran (COL/SKY) 0:14.
11. Daniel Martin (IRL/GRM) 0:14.
12. Rafal Majka (POL/SAX) 0:14.
13. Chris Horner (USA/RSH) 0:14.
14. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 0:14.
15. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/RSH) 0:14.
16. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 0:14.
17. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/APP) 0:14.
18. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 0:14.
19. Mikel Nieve (ESP/EUS) 0:14.
20. Ivan Santaromita (ITA/BMC) 0:14.
65. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/EUS) 2:41.
1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 5h07min 22sec
2. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SAX) at 0:08.
3. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/RSH) 0:10.
4. Chris Horner (USA/RSH) 0:10.
5. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/RSH) 0:10.
6. Rigoberto Uran (COL/SKY) 0:22.
7. Ben Hermans (BEL/RSH) 0:27.
8. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:27.
9. Rafal Majka (POL/SAX) 0:32.
10. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 0:32.
11. Leopold König (CZE/APP) 0:32.
12. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA/AST) 0:33.
13. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/APP) 0:35.
14. Ivan Santaromita (ITA/BMC) 0:36.
15. Eros Capecchi (ITA/MOV) 0:36.
16. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/AST) 0:37.
17. Chris Anker Sorensen (DEN/SAX) 0:39.
18. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 0:41.
19. Yannick Eijssen (BEL/BMC) 0:43.
20. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 0:49.
24. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 0:57.
29. Michele Scarponi (ITA/LAM) 1:09.
34. Ivan Basso (ITA/CAN) 1:26.
37. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 1:29.
57. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/EUS) 3:41.