Nairo Quintana Steal Stage, Nicolas Roche Seizes Red Jersey
The competition for the 2019 Vuelta a Espana was really hot from the start. In Stage 2, which continued to fluctuate and winding on Sunday (August 25), the superior had dared to attack each other aggressively.
Movistar star, Nairo Quintana, managed to steal the victory on the stage along the 199.6 km towards the coastal city of Calpe. He did so after shocking the other five seeds, escaping just 2 km before finishing.
Those who were surprised even finished five seconds behind Quintana. Namely Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) in second place, followed by Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First), Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), and finally Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott).
This group excelled again for about 37 seconds over another larger group. This includes a red jersey user , Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).
With these results, Roche became the new leader of La Vuelta’s 2019 general classification (GC). Lopez only wore it the day after Astana won the opening team time trial (TTT) stage .
For Roglic, even though he didn’t win, this result would certainly make his mood more relieved. Coming to Spain with champion ambitions, the Slovenian driver was tense after Jumbo-Visma’s troops fell during the TTT last Saturday (August 24). Now Roglic is back in the ranks of GC, again has a great chance to be overallchampion .
After the TTT stage and the rolling stage , the champions can breathe for at least a day. The sprinter’s turn gets a chance to win at Stage 3, this Monday (August 26).
The 188 km route from Ibi to Alicante is indeed peppered with several hills, but overall it tends to decrease more. Especially at the end of the stage which then ends with a flat road.
This Monday, pure sprinters like Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) should be able to maximize opportunities. Because flat stage is a rare thing in La Vuelta! (riding bicycle)
Stage 2 Vuelta a Espana 2019 (Top Ten)
1 Nairo Quintana (Colombia) Movistar Team
2 Nicolas Roche (Ireland) Sunweb
3 Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) Team Jumbo-Visma
4 Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) EF Education First
5 Fabio Aru ( Ireland) Italy) UAE Emirates Team
6 Mikel Nieve (Spain) Mitchelton-Scott
7 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Colombia) Equipo Euskadi
8 Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) UAE Emirates Team
9 Alexander Aranburu Deba (Spain) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
10 Alejandro Valverde (Spain ) Movistar Team
General Classification after 2 of 21 Stage
1 Nicolas Roche (Ireland) Sunweb Team 5:26:12
2 Nairo Quintana (Colombia) Movistar Team 0:00:02
3 Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) EF Education First 0:00:08
4 Mikel Nieve (Spain) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:22
5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Colombia) Astana Pro Team 0:00:33
6 Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:36
7 Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) Team Sunweb 0 : 00: 38
8 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Colombia) Equipo Euskadi 0:00:40
9 Davide Formolo (Italy) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:46
10 Rafal Majka (Poland) Bora-Hansgrohe