Cycling – Vuelta a España ’18 Stage 2: Alejandro Valverde Wins

Vuelta a España

On a phase authoritatively assigned as flat, the Vuelta an España rather served up enough trouble to overturn the general grouping as Alejandro Valverde out-dashed Michal Kwiatkowski to make that big appearance in Caminito del Rey. Prior assailant Laurens De Plus came third.

Team Sky set a vicious pace on the moving finale, removing medium-term pioneer Rohan Dennis, placing Kwiatkowski into the race lead with Valverde in second at 14 seconds. Wilco Kelderman lies third at 25 seconds.

The stage all appeared to go content for an alleged level stage, with BMC Racing Team attempting to reel in the remainder of the day’s breakaway, Pierre Rolland and Alexis Gougeard , yet with 30km to go, Team Sky went to the front and lifted the pace significantly.

Movistar were very upbeat to help, and with best on the planet Peter Sagan enduring, Bora-Hansgrohe and alternate sprinters groups blurred to the back.

The peloton extended until at last with 16km to go, parts started to shape, with Dennis and partner Richie Porte among those on the wrong end of the hole.

Cycling – Vuelta a España ’18 Stage 1: Rohan Dennis Wins

With 8km to go, the second peloton was at that point four minutes behind and Sky kept on pouring on the weight, sending first Vincenzo NIbali out the back on the last move to the line, the Alto de Guadalhorce (7.1km at 2.8%), and afterward with 3km to go his partner Gorka Izagirre.

De Plus put in an assault with 1km to go, however inside sight of the line he was surpassed by Valverde, who had Kwiatkowski close by. The Spaniard demonstrated excessively solid for the Team Sky rider, however the red shirt had a place with Kwiatkowski.

Stage 2 Results – Vuelta a España

1. Alejandro Valverde
2. Michal Kwiatkowski
3. Laurens De Plus
4. Wilco Kelderman
5. George Bennett
6. Tony Gallopin
7. Emanuel Buchmann
8. Rigoberto Uran
9. Nairo Quintana
10. Thibaut Pinot

General Classification After Stage 2 – Vuelta a España

1. Michal Kwiatkowski
2. Alejandro Valverde
3. Wilco Kelderman
4. Laurens De Plus
5. Ion Izagirre
6. Fabio Felline
7. Emanuel Buchmann
8. Tony Gallopin
9. Nairo Quintana
10. Bauke Mollema

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