Valverde solos to Vuelta a Castilla y Leon stage 2 win

Betancur hangs onto overall lead going into final stage

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde soloed to the stage 2 win Saturday in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, finishing 51 seconds ahead of the Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural-Seguors RGA), who won a group sprint for second. Stage 1 winner Carlos Betancur (Movistar) held onto the overall lead by three seconds over Valverde and 15 seconds over Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguors RGA).

The 170.6km trek from Bragança to Fermoselle started out in the rain, and crosswinds helped blow the race apart as the peloton split in two. With 20km remaining, a lead group of 30 riders had more than two minutes on the field. Valverde attacked at the foot of the Alto de Fermoselle with Barbero, then later dropped his fellow countryman, opening a 30 second gap across the summit that increased to 51 seconds by the finish.

“We could open some gaps again today, we remain in the lead with Carlos, I'm now second at 3 seconds," Valverde said after the stage. "Things couldn't be better for us at this point of the race. Plus, tomorrow's finish is a good one for me - but we mustn't elaborate much on that, as we never know what could happen. I just hope that these two stages do well on me before Flèche and Liège, some racing form I needed.

"I also wish yesterday's awful weather doesn't bring any illness," he said. "Even more than the Classics, I expect this to be a good preparation before the Giro. It will surely bring some morale up on me, so I can be afraid of none at the start. I'd love Carlos winning this race tomorrow - we'll see what we can do about that tomorrow."

Sunday's 151.4km final stage from Salamanca to Alto de Candelario ends with the category 1 Alto de la Plataforma at 1,700 metres.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team4:21:28 
2Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:51 
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
4Jóni Silva Brandão (Por) Efapel  
5Rafael Ferreira Reis (Por) W52/FC Porto  
6Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Sporting/Tavira  
7Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
8Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
9Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
10David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
11Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:56 
12Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:02 
13César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista0:01:05 
14Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:01:23 
15Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:57 
16Rui Vinhas (Por) W52/FC Porto0:02:10 
17Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
18Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:02:12 
19Samuel José Rodrigues Caldeira (Por) W52/FC Porto0:02:20 
20Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones0:02:58 
21Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:03:14 
22Ricardo Mestre (Por) W52/FC Porto0:06:10 
23Jesus Del Pino Corrochano (Spa) Burgos BH  
24Diego Ochoa (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones0:06:15 
25Hernán Parra (Col) Manzana Postobon Team0:06:34 
26Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:06:51 
27Nuno Alexandre Ferreira De Almeida (Por) Efapel0:06:55 
28Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
29Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Stˆlting Service Group  
30David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Sporting/Tavira  
31Sergei Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
32Alex Aranburu (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
33Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
34Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
35Alvaro Trueba Diego (Spa) Efapel  
36Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Sporting/Tavira  
37Hernando Bohorquez Sanchez (Col) Manzana Postobon Team  
38Juan Felipe Osorio (Col) Manzana Postobon Team  
39Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
40Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
41Victor Etxebarria Carrasco (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
42Igor Merino Cortazar (Spa) Burgos BH  
43Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
44José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
45Mario Gonzalez Salas (Spa) Sporting/Tavira  
46Henrique Casimiro (Por) Efapel  
47Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:07:33 
48Pablo Torres Muino (Spa) Burgos BH0:08:18 
49Daniel Mestre (Por) Efapel  
50Jonas Tenbrock (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
51Joshua Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
52Artem Samolenkov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
53Dmitrii Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
54Benat Txoperena Matxikote (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:10:19 
55Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team  
56Sven Reutter (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
57Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:11:19 
58Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:12:49 
59Vasilii Neustroev (Rus) Lokosphinx0:19:08 
60Rui Miguel Sousa Barbosa (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
61Hugo Sabido (Por) Sporting/Tavira  
62David Da Silva Livramento (Por) Sporting/Tavira  
63Bernardo Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon Team  
64Joaquin Sobrino Martinez (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
65Rafael Silva (Por) Efapel  
66Marco Tulio Suesca Uribe (Col) Manzana Postobon Team  
67Vadim Zhuravlev (Rus) Lokosphinx  
68Juan Ignacio Perez Martin (Spa) W52/FC Porto  
69Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones  
70Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH  
71Ricardo Ferreira (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
72Aldemar Reyes (Col) Manzana Postobon Team  
73Pablo Guerrero Bonilla (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
74Yeison Andres Chaparro Rueda (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones  
75Arnau Soe Vall (Spa) Burgos BH  
76Valter Pereira (Por) Sporting/Tavira  
77Daniel Freitas (Por) W52/FC Porto  
78Robinson Armando Ortega Avila (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones  
79Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
80Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
81Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
82Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
83David Miguel Costa Rodrigues (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
84Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) W52/FC Porto  
85Juan Jose Cueto Montero (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
86John Bohn Ebsen (Den) ONE Pro Cycling  
87Brad Evans (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling  
88Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
89Gavin Mannion (USA) Drapac Professional Cycling  
90Thomas Baylis (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
91Jason Lowndes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
92Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
93Thomas Koep (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
94Peio Goikoetxea (Spa) Manzana Postobon Team  
95Nestor Javier Garcia Cruz (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones0:19:20 
96Wilson Enrique Rodriguez Amezquita (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones  
DNFKristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFSteele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFJorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFDaniel Lopez Parada (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFJoel García (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFAntonio Barbio (Por) Efapel  
General Classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team8:49:11 
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:03 
3Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:15 
4Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:46 
5Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar Team0:00:56 
6Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:00 
7Jóni Silva Brandão (Por) Efapel0:01:04 
8Rafael Ferreira Reis (Por) W52/FC Porto  
9Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
10David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
11Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:09 
12César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista0:01:18 
13Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:01:36 
14Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:10 
15Rui Vinhas (Por) W52/FC Porto0:02:23 
16Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
17Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:02:25 
18Samuel José Rodrigues Caldeira (Por) W52/FC Porto0:02:33 
19Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:03:27 
20Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Sporting/Tavira0:04:06 
21Jesus Del Pino Corrochano (Spa) Burgos BH0:06:23 
22Ricardo Mestre (Por) W52/FC Porto  
23Diego Ochoa (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones0:06:28 
24Hernán Parra (Col) Manzana Postobon Team0:06:47 
25Alvaro Trueba Diego (Spa) Efapel0:07:03 
26Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:07:04 
27Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:07:08 
28David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Sporting/Tavira  
29Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Sporting/Tavira  
30Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
31Hernando Bohorquez Sanchez (Col) Manzana Postobon Team  
32Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
33José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
34Sergei Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
35Juan Felipe Osorio (Col) Manzana Postobon Team  
36Nuno Alexandre Ferreira De Almeida (Por) Efapel  
37Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
38Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
39Victor Etxebarria Carrasco (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
40Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
41Mario Gonzalez Salas (Spa) Sporting/Tavira  
42Henrique Casimiro (Por) Efapel  
43Igor Merino Cortazar (Spa) Burgos BH0:07:42 
44Dmitrii Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:08:23 
45Daniel Mestre (Por) Efapel0:08:31 
46Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones0:08:48 
47Artem Samolenkov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:10:23 
48Alex Aranburu (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:10:36 
49Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:11:32 
50Pablo Torres Muino (Spa) Burgos BH0:13:58 
51Jonas Tenbrock (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
52Benat Txoperena Matxikote (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:15:59 
53Sven Reutter (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
54Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:16:45 
55Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:18:29 
56Rafael Silva (Por) Efapel0:19:21 
57Vasilii Neustroev (Rus) Lokosphinx  
58Aldemar Reyes (Col) Manzana Postobon Team  
59John Bohn Ebsen (Den) ONE Pro Cycling  
60David Miguel Costa Rodrigues (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
61Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
62Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team0:19:31 
63Vadim Zhuravlev (Rus) Lokosphinx0:19:45 
64Thomas Koep (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
65Bernardo Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon Team0:19:49 
66Pablo Guerrero Bonilla (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista0:20:11 
67Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
68Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:20:21 
69Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Stˆlting Service Group0:20:48 
70Peio Goikoetxea (Spa) Manzana Postobon Team0:21:13 
71Nestor Javier Garcia Cruz (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones0:21:25 
72Joshua Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:22:11 
73Brad Evans (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling0:22:32 
74Marco Tulio Suesca Uribe (Col) Manzana Postobon Team0:22:49 
75Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
76Thomas Baylis (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:23:53 
77Rui Miguel Sousa Barbosa (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista0:24:48 
78Hugo Sabido (Por) Sporting/Tavira  
79David Da Silva Livramento (Por) Sporting/Tavira  
80Ricardo Ferreira (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
81Daniel Freitas (Por) W52/FC Porto  
82Juan Ignacio Perez Martin (Spa) W52/FC Porto  
83Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) W52/FC Porto  
84Valter Pereira (Por) Sporting/Tavira  
85Yeison Andres Chaparro Rueda (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones  
86Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
87Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:26:52 
88Robinson Armando Ortega Avila (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones0:28:20 
89Joaquin Sobrino Martinez (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:31:20 
90Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH  
91Arnau Soe Vall (Spa) Burgos BH  
92Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones0:31:55 
93Gavin Mannion (USA) Drapac Professional Cycling0:33:01 
94Jason Lowndes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
95Wilson Enrique Rodriguez Amezquita (Col) Boyac· Raza de Campeones0:33:13 
96Juan Jose Cueto Montero (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:34:10 

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