Julian Alaphilippe celebrates in second stage of Itzulia-Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Apr 10 2019 02:22 am CET

Julian Alaphilippe celebrates in second stage of Itzulia-Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Julian Alaphilippe celebrates in second stage of Itzulia-Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe © Sigrid Eggers | Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe has taken the victory of the second stage of Itzulia-Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The rider crossed the line ahead of Bjorg Lambrecht and Michal Kwiatkowski.

The second stage of the Spanish race was 149.5 kilometres long and took the riders through a rolling course that had an uphill finish and included unpaved roads. Bernard, Darwin Atapuma (Cofidis), Bravo (Euskadi-Murias) and Amezqueta (Caja Rural) formed the escape of the day.

With 100 kilometres to go, the peloton caught the escape group and soon after, the winner of the first stage of the race Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) won an intermediate sprint and took bonification seconds that allowed him to stay on top of the General Classification.

At 16.7 kilometres from the finish, Adam Yates suffered a puncture that left him out of the favourites' group and that made him lose one minute and eleven seconds. Astana did everything it could to set a high pace and made a selection to avoid a bunch sprint, but this was not possible.

Decenuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe proved to have the strongest legs at the finale and he crossed the finish line one second ahead of Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). Astana's Omar Fraile and Groupama-FDJ's Valentin Madouas completed the top five of the day.

Schachmann crossed the line in the sixth position and that added to the bonus second he got earlier on the stage, let him stay at the top of the overall standing. Alaphilippe sits at five seconds from the German and Kwiatkowski is at 10 seconds.






COMMENTS



JOIN OUR TEAM!


Have you always wanted to write about cycling? Click HERE to contact us!
THE LATEST CYCLING NEWS IN YOUR MAILBOX


Enter your email address:

CURRENT KEY RACES (26 SEPTEMBER)



UPCOMING RACES


RECENT RACES