MADRID, Aug 24, 2014 (AFP) – France’s Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to victory in
the 174.4km second stage of the Tour of Spain from Algeciras to San Fernando
Bouhanni, riding for FDJ, finished in a time of 4hr 01min 32sec, just ahead
of German John Degenkolb and Italy’s Roberto Ferrari.
Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde moved into the overall lead with team-mate
and race favourite Nairo Quintana of Colombia second.
Sky’s Chris Froome finished with the same time as the leaders to remain 27
seconds off the lead.
“I am very happy for me and for the team. My goal was to get at least one
stage victory, which I have now achieved,” said Bouhanni.
“I will go for the stage victory whenever I can and hopefully as the tour
develops I can target the points jersey as well.”
In one of the few very flat stages of the three week race, a sprint finish
was always expected and so it proved as a huge peloton of 127 riders reached
the finish line in the same time.
And it was Valverde who took the red leader’s jersey as he crossed the line
ahead of his teammates after Movistar romped to victory in the opening stage
team time trial.
“I went to the front to avoid any falls or any problems and thanks to that
I am the leader,” said Valverde, who won the Tour of Spain back in 2009.
“I am very happy to be leading, but it would be the same if it was one of
my teammates. The seconds of an advantage we got yesterday were very important
and although today isn’t the most important day to be leading, it is always
nice to wear the red jersey.”
Monday’s third stage from Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera sees the first
serious climbing of the tour with four category three climbs before a short
Results from the second stage of
the Tour of Spain, a 174.4km ride from Algeciras to San Fernando on Sunday:
1. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/FDJ) 4hr 01min 30sec
2. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA) same time
3. Roberto Ferrari (ITA/LAM) s.t.
4. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) s.t.
5. Francesco Lasca (ITA/CJR) s.t.
6. Oscar Gatto (ITA/CAN) s.t.
7. Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR/ALM) s.t.
8. Tom Boonen (BEL/OPQ) s.t.
9. Moreno Hofland (NED/BKN) s.t.
10. Matteo Pelucchi (ITA/IAM) s.t.
1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 4hr 15min 43 sec
2. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) at same time
3. Audrey Amador (CRC/MOV) s.t.
4. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/MOV) s.t.
5. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) s.t.
6. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/MOV) s.t.
7. Oscar Gatto (ITA/CAN) 0:06
8. Michael Matthews (AUS/ORI) 0:06.
9. Maciej Bodnar (POL/CAN) 0:06
10. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:06.