Late attack gives Marc Soler victory of Vuelta a España stage 2, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
Oct 21 2020 11:53 pm CET

Late attack gives Marc Soler victory of Vuelta a España stage 2, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
Late attack gives Marc Soler victory of Vuelta a España stage 2, Roglic keeps Red Jersey
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Marc Soler (Movistar) has taken the victory of the second stage in the Vuelta a España after attacking in the last descent of the day.

The second stage of the Spanish grand tour was 151.6 kilometres long and featured another heavy route that included two climbs of the third category and one of the first category. After several attempts of a breakaway, five riders managed to escape in the first 40 kilometres of the stage: Alex Aranburu, Bruno Armirail, Tim Wellens, Jonathan Hivert and Gonzalo Serrano.

During the second climb of the day, Movistar set a high pace in front of the pack that broke the peloton into two, leaving behind riders like Chris Froome (Ineos Grenadiers) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis). With around 30 kilometres to go, the winner of the 2019 Giro d'Italia Richard Carapaz launched an attack along with his teammate Andrey Amador but they were caught with 26 kilometres to go and during the last climb of the day.

After the reduced group got together in front, Movistar continued setting the pace, which left behind Tom Dumoulin for one more day. With six kilometres to go to the summit of the last climb of the day the Spanish national champion Luis Leon Sanchez launched an attack but was reeled back in by the favourites' group a few kilometres later.

Soon after Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss attacked again just like the day before, and he was followed by Carapaz and Movistar's Marc Soler. The Ecuadorian tried to continue the attack but gave up soon enough and allowed the rest of the men to return to the front: Alejandro Valverde, Dan Martin, Primoz Roglic, Enric Mas, Hugh Carthy and Esteban Chaves.

On the descent, Carapaz attacked again but was soon caught by the others and soon after, Soler made a move and nobody followed. This gap was enough for the Spaniard to take the victory of the stage -his first one in a grand tour- while Roglic and Martin took the second and the third positions in the day.

The Slovenian of Jumbo-Visma keeps the lead of the General Classification.









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