Pinot beats Contador to win stage 2 of Ruta del Sol

Contador new race leader

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) claimed the Ruta del Sol's second stage on Thursday, ahead of Trek-Segafredo's Alberto Contador, who now leads the general classification.

Contador delivered a powerful attack on the finishing climb of the Alto Peña del Águila, inside the final 3km of the day, but Pinot tracked down the move and overtook the Spaniard inside the last 200 metres. He ultimately finished two seconds ahead of Contador for the stage victory, while Contador's efforts at least earned him the leader's jersey. Movistar's Alejandro Valverde, who started the day atop the GC, finished third, seven seconds behind Pinot.

For much of the 177.9km stage, it seemed like a victory might be in the cards for the early breakaway. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Felix Grosschartner (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Xandro Meurisse (Wanty - Groupe Gobert), Antonio Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Georg Preidler (Team Sunweb) formed the day's main escape group not long after the bunch set out from Torredonjimeno.

The group worked well together to push their advantage out to eight minutes by the midway point of the race. With roughly 60km to go, Wellens and Grosschartner attacked from the break to form a new lead group of two. 15 minutes later, Wellens rode away from Grosschartner to make it a breakaway of one at the head of affairs.

The Belgian maintained a healthy gap as he worked his way toward the foot of the finishing climb in Mancha Real on the outskirts of Jaén, but the peloton gradually got organised in pursuit. From there, Wellens' advantage fell rapidly.

The pack swept him up with around six kilometres left to race on the early slopes of the final climb.

Sunweb's Warren Barguil tried his luck with an attack from five kilometres out, but the move was short-lived. Team Sky's Mikel Landa jumped clear a kilometre later, initially getting a small gap before Trek-Segafredo took up the chase for Contador. With just under three kilometres to go, Contador was within a few bike lengths of Landa, and that's when he made his move, sailing past his compatriot to power ahead on his own.

The other contenders struggled to counter Contador's assault. Pinot managed to keep Contador within striking distance, lurking a few seconds back, while race leader Valverde fell behind with Bahrain-Merida's Ion Izagirre. Their duo grew to a quartet with Sky's Landa and Diego Rosa joining in, but the group of four was unable to put much of a dent into the advantage of the two riders ahead.

Pinot bridged the gap to Contador in sight of the finish line, overhauling him with 200 metres to go and claiming the stage victory. Valverde and Izagirre crossed the line seven seconds behind Pinot, with Landa and Rosa two seconds further back.

Having finished five seconds ahead of Pinot on the opening stage, however, Contador secured the race lead ahead of Friday's 12km individual time trial from Lucena to Córdoba. Pinot now sits second overall, with Valverde dropping to third. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ4:44:03 
2Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:00:02 
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:07 
4Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
5Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:00:09 
6Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky  
7Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:13 
8Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:28 
9Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:46 
10Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
11Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida  
12Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
13Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac  
14Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky  
15Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb0:01:05 
16Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
17Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:18 
18Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
19Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
20Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
21Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:39 
22Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:55 
23Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team  
24André Cardoso (Por) Trek-Segafredo  
25Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:01 
26Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
27Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:05 
28Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:06 
29Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
30Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
31Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:30 
32Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
33Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
34David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH  
35Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
36Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:43 
37Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb0:01:50 
38Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:55 
39Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:01 
40Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
41Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:31 
42Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ  
43Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:03:55 
44Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH0:03:59 
45Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:04:15 
46Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
47Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
48Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:34 
49Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:05:13 
50Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:05:15 
51Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:05:31 
52Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:32 
53Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
54Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac  
55Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
56Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:46 
57Beñat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
58Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal  
59Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:06:14 
60Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy0:06:31 
61Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:06:45 
62Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:07:04 
63Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
64Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:07:26 
65Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac0:07:34 
66Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:07:47 
67Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:08:08 
68José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:08:22 
69Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:08:31 
70Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:08:57 
71Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:08:59 
72Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team  
73Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:09:03 
74Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:09:22 
75Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos BH0:09:24 
76Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:10:03 
77Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac  
78Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:11:01 
79Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb  
80Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
81Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac  
82Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
83Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
84Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
85Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:11:29 
86Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
87Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
88Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
89Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos BH  
90Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
91Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ  
92Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
93David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky0:11:54 
94Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie0:12:00 
95Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:12:34 
96William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:12:44 
97Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:13:05 
98Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:13:07 
99Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:13:16 
100Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
101Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
102Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:13:33 
103Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:13:46 
104Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:51 
105Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
106Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:14:16 
107Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:14:58 
108Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
109Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
110Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:15:44 
111Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
112Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
113Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
114Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:16:50 
115Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:17:17 
116Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:17:28 
117Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
118Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:17:33 
119Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:17:52 
120Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team  
121Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:17:53 
122Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
123Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
124Gaetan Bille (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:18:10 
125Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
126Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
127Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
128Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
129Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
130Pello Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
131Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:18:49 
132Daniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos BH0:18:54 
133Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:18:58 
134Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos BH0:19:00 
135Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:19:01 
136Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:19:03 
137Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ0:19:05 
138Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:19:10 
139Gotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:19:28 
140Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:19:39 
141Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:20:43 
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo8:46:33 
2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:03 
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:05 
4Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
5Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky0:00:07 
6Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:11 
7Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:00:12 
8Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:26 
9Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:49 
10Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:01:08 
11Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb  
12Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida0:01:15 
13Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
14Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky  
15Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:33 
16Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:55 
17Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:05 
18Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
19Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
20Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
21Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb0:03:37 
22André Cardoso (Por) Trek-Segafredo0:03:42 
23Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:03:48 
24Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:53 
25Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
26Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:17 
27David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH  
28Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
29Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:04:30 
30Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:06:43 
31Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:49 
32Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:07:02 
33Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:07:33 
34Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:08:19 
35Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:08:21 
36Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:08:51 
37Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:09:03 
39Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:11 
40Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:09:12 
41Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:21 
42Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac0:09:41 
43Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:09:46 
44Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:10:11 
45Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:10:19 
46Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:10:46 
47Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:11:11 
48Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:11:16 
49Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:11:31 
50Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
51Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:12:48 
52Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:13:02 
53Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:13:16 
54Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:13:30 
55Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ0:13:38 
56David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky0:13:41 
57Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos BH0:14:12 
58Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:14:36 
59Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:15:39 
60Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
61Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:16:32 
62Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
63Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:16:51 
64Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:16:52 
65Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:17:54 
66Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:18:44 
67Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy0:18:50 
68Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:19:03 
69Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac  
70Beñat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:19:17 
71Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:20:30 
72Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
73Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:21:08 
74Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb  
75Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac  
76Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
77Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH0:21:31 
78Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:21:36 
79Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos BH  
80Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:21:39 
81Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:22:02 
82Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:22:14 
83Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:22:30 
84Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:22:34 
85Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:22:53 
86Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:24:32 
87Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
88Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
89Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:25:00 
90Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
91Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
92Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
93Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ  
94Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie0:25:31 
95José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:25:54 
96Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:26:05 
97William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:26:15 
98Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:26:36 
99Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:26:38 
100Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:26:47 
101Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
102Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
103Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:27:04 
104Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:27:17 
105Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:27:22 
106Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:27:35 
107Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:27:40 
108Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:27:47 
109Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:28:44 
110Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:28:56 
111Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:29:15 
112Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
113Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:29:17 
114Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:29:51 
115Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:30:15 
116Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:30:21 
117Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:31:13 
118Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:31:23 
119Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team  
120Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:31:41 
121Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
122Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:32:29 
123Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:32:32 
124Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ0:32:36 
125Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:32:46 
126Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:33:00 
127Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:33:03 
128Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:33:16 
129Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:33:39 
130Daniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos BH0:33:47 
131Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:34:49 
132Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:35:12 
133Gaetan Bille (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:35:42 
134Pello Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
135Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:35:54 
136Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos BH0:36:32 
137Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:37:38 
138Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:38:27 
139Gotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:38:56 
140Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:39:55 
141Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:42:13 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team41 pts
2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ34 
3Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo30 
Sprints classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy3 pts
2Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3 
3Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb2 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb32 pts
2Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy18 
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team16 

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