Matteo Pelucchi claimed stage 2 of this year’s Vuelta a Burgos today, after fending off Giant-Shimano teammates Steven Lammertink and Thomas Damuseau in a sprint finish.
Meanwhile, yesterday’s stage winner, Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar), managed to hold onto the overall race lead.
A five-man breakaway group containing Javier Francisco Aramendia (Caja Rural), Mirko Tedeschi (Neri Sottoli), Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN-Qhubeka), Pablo Torres (Burgos-BH), and Sergei Pomoshnikov (RusVelo), got underway early on in today’s stage. However, the escapees never succeeded in riding more than two and a half minutes outside the grasp of the peloton. And, as the race headed into the final 25 kilometers, their advantage had fallen to just 45 seconds.
With the peloton closing in, Aramendia decided to make a go of it on his own – subsequently building up a slight lead of 1:05 over his breakaway companions.
However, as the race entered into the final 10 kilometers, all of the escapees, to include Aramendia, were eventually reeled in by the peloton.
From there, the field held together for the remaining 10 kilometers. And, it wasn’t until the race headed into the final 500 meters, that Pelucchi made his winning move.
The Italian rider surged during the final right hand turn – a move that was quickly matched by Lammertink and Damuseau. However, Pelucchi proved to have enough impetus, to out-sprint the Giant-Shimano riders in a head-to-head battle for the finish.
Stage 2 Results ITA 1 PELUCCHI, Matteo (IAM CYCLING) 3:33:43 NED 2 LAMMERTINK, Steven (GIANT-SHIMANO) FRA 3 DAMUSEAU, Thomas (GIANT-SHIMANO) ESP 4 REYNES MIMO, Vicente (IAM CYCLING) ITA 5 AGNOLI, Valerio (ASTANA) FRA 6 MONDORY, Lloyd (AG2R LA MONDIALE) BRA 7 ANDRIATO, Rafael (NERI SOTTOLI) GER 8 GERDEMANN, Linus (MTN – QHUBEKA) LAT 9 SARAMOTINS, Aleksejs (IAM CYCLING) ESP 10 LOBATO DEL VALLE, Juan Jose (MOVISTAR) ESP 11 BARBERO CUESTA, Carlos (EUSKADI) USA 12 HAGA, Chad (GIANT-SHIMANO) ALG 13 REGUIGUI, Youcef (MTN – QHUBEKA) RUS 14 KOLOBNEV, Alexandr (KATUSHA) FRA 15 TURGOT, Sébastien (AG2R LA MONDIALE) ERI 16 TEKLEHAIMANOT, Daniel (MTN – QHUBEKA) POL 17 DOMAGALSKI, Karol (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA) KAZ 18 KOZHATAYEV, Bakhtiyar (ASTANA) ESP 19 TXURRUKA, Amets (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA) ITA 20 BALYKIN, Ivan (RUSVELO)
General Classification after Stage 2 ESP 1 LOBATO DEL VALLE, Juan Jose (MOVISTAR) 7:03:20 ESP 2 MORENO FERNANDEZ, Daniel (KATUSHA) FRA 3 DAMUSEAU, Thomas (GIANT-SHIMANO) + 3 FRA 4 MONDORY, Lloyd (AG2R LA MONDIALE) SUI 5 FUMEAUX, Jonathan (IAM CYCLING) ESP 6 BARBERO CUESTA, Carlos (EUSKADI) + 5 ESP 7 TXURRUKA, Amets (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA) NED 8 OLIVIER, Daan (GIANT-SHIMANO) COL 9 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR) UZB 10 LAGUTIN, Sergey (RUSVELO) ITA 11 NOCENTINI, Rinaldo (AG2R LA MONDIALE) SWE 12 KESSIAKOFF, Fredrik Carl Wilhelm (ASTANA) ITA 13 AGNOLI, Valerio (ASTANA) + 9 BRA 14 ANDRIATO, Rafael (NERI SOTTOLI) ESP 15 BELDA GARCIA, David (BURGOS-BH) ESP 16 REYNES MIMO, Vicente (IAM CYCLING) + 11 ERI 17 TEKLEHAIMANOT, Daniel (MTN – QHUBEKA) ITA 18 TABORRE, Fabio (NERI SOTTOLI) ESP 19 OROZ UGALDE, Juan Jose (BURGOS-BH) ESP 20 PARDILLA BELLON, Sergio (MTN – QHUBEKA)
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