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Vuelta a España 2013

Date range:
August 24 - September 15, 2013
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, WorldTour
  • Stages. Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      27.4km
      Start location:
      Vilanova de Arousa
      End location:
      Sanxenxo (TTT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      177.7km
      Start location:
      Pontevedra
      End location:
      Alto Do Monte Da Groba
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      184.8km
      Start location:
      Vigo
      End location:
      Mirador de Lobeira
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Lain
      End location:
      Fisterra
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      174.3km
      Start location:
      Sober
      End location:
      Lago de Sanabria
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      175km
      Start location:
      Guijuelo
      End location:
      Caceres
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.9km
      Start location:
      Almendralejo
      End location:
      Mairena de Aljafare
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      166.6km
      Start location:
      Jerez de la Frontera
      End location:
      Alto Peñas Blancas (Estepona)
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      163.7km
      Start location:
      Antequera
      End location:
      Valdepeñas de Jaén
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      186.8km
      Start location:
      Torredelcampo
      End location:
      Alto Hazallanas
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Torredelcampo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      38.8km
      Location
      Tarazona (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      164.2km
      Start location:
      Maella
      End location:
      Tarragona
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      169km
      Start location:
      Valls
      End location:
      Castelldefels
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      155.7km
      Start location:
      Baga
      End location:
      Collada de la Gallina
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      224.9km
      Start location:
      Andorra
      End location:
      Peyragudes
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      146.8km
      Start location:
      Graus
      End location:
      Aramón Formigal
    • Rest day 2

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    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Calahorra
      End location:
      Burgos
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      186.5km
      Start location:
      Burgos
      End location:
      Peña Cabarga
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      181km
      Start location:
      San Vicente de la Barquera
      End location:
      Alto Naranco
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      142.2km
      Start location:
      Aviles
      End location:
      Alto de L´Angliru
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      109.6km
      Start location:
      Leganés
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

August 25, Stage 2: Pontevedra - Alto Do Monte Da Groba 177.7km

Roche pulls off a stunning victory on stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
August 25, 2013, 15:54,
Updated:
August 25, 2013, 20:38

Saxo-Tinkoff rider gets stage over Moreno

Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff)

Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff)

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Nicolas Roche (Saxo Bank Tinkoff) took one of the biggest wins of his career to take the second stage of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana from Pontevedra to the summit of Alto Do Monte Da Groba. The Irishman joined a select group inside the final 2 kilometres of the stage and attacked inside the final few hundred meters before holding off Daniel Moreno (Katusha), with Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) rounding out the top three.

It was an early day of reckoning for some of the GC pretenders with Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) and Sergio Henao Montoya (Team Sky) both losing time. Janez Brajkovic's (Astana) time in the red jersey was short lived, the Slovenian was dropped on the final climb and relinquished the leader’s jersey to his team leader Vincenzo Nibali.

Roche’s winning move came after Movistar had set a relentless pace on the final climb of the Alto do Monte da Groba. While the GC favourites were content to watch each other, and the occasional pretender lost time, Roche latched onto a move started by Leopold König.

The Czech attacked inside the final two kilometres, just as the climb rose in gradient for the last time. Roche, following Moreno and Pozzovivo, formed a four man move and when Pozzovivo's attack was countered, Roche took his chance.

Diving down the inside he opened up a slight gap and when Moreno briefly hesitated the Irishman needed no invitation to seal the stage win.

Behind him Alejandro Valverde led Diego Ulissi and Joaquim Rodriguez at 12 seconds, while Ivan Basso, Vincenzo Nibali, Bauke Mollema, Chris Horner, Rigoberto Uran and Daniel Martin all finished a further two seconds down. Despite the time bonuses on offer at the finish Roche was unable to snatch the red jersey and he now sits 8 seconds off Nibali’s lead, with Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack Leopard) at ten seconds.

Early mountains beckon Vuelta peloton

The Vuelta kept its tradition with exciting racing parcours, with the first mountain stage of the race coming on stage two. After yesterday’s team time trial there was already a pecking order to the peloton but the climb to Alto Do Monte Da Groba threw up several questions over whether Astana would protect Brajkovic as well as Nibali and if they would relinquish the overall lead to an early break.

Part of the picture became a little clearer when Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Sharp), Greg Henderson (Lotto Belisol) and Francisco Aramandia (Caja Rural) attacked inside the first kilometre of racing. The trio, with Aramandia the strongest climber on paper, quickly established a lead of over nine minutes, with Astana taking a back seat.

The Alto de San Cosme was the only climb in the first 100 miles of racing, and when the leaders crested the top their advance peaked out at close to 13 minutes. Astana gave a half-hearted but necessary chase but it was Lampre, with roughly 60 kilometres, to go who really began the chase in earnest.

With Michele Scarponi and Winner Anacona in their ranks, their aggression was understandable and Astana were more than welcoming to see another jersey take the reigns on the front of the peloton.

With added impetus and the leaders’ legs begging to fade the inevitable shift in time gaps began to happen. With 48 kilometres to go the trio had 11:22 but within just 15 kilometres their advantage was down to 7:36.

A block headwind, laced with fatigue and the fact that more and more teams were willing to chase, saw the lead tumble to 3 minutes with 15 kilometres to go.

Cannondale, Belkin, Katusha and Movistar all increased their presence on the front and when the leaders started the final climb the peloton were already breathing down their necks.

Henderson was the first to wilt with Rasmussen and Aramandia supplying commendable spirit in their futile decision to carry on. They were passed though with Saxo and Movistar setting tempo.

A brief cameo from Amets Txurruka followed, with the former Euskaltel rider stretching out a brief gap. However it was Movistar who turned the screws. Having lost time in yesterday’s stage this was their chance to claw some time back and test the mettle of their rivals. Herrada provided most of the damage, setting a scorching pace that slimmed the lead group down to less than forty riders.

Astana’s plan now looked clear, Movistar’s show of strength drawing them out with Fuglsang leading Nibali as Brajkovic yo-yoed off the back.

With seven kilometres remaining Samuel Sanchez slipped back, his Euskaltel team deciding to wait for their leader but more GC bravado was to turn to dust when minutes later Heano slipped back.

As Nibali, Rodriguez and Valverde sat and watched each other König seized the moment. His attack splintered the lead group with Brajkovic finally dropped back as Roche and Moreno gave chase to decide the stage. As for the overall battle, that’s only just begun.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4:37:09  
2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:02  
3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:06  
4 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:11  
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:12  
6 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
7 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha    
8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:14  
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling    
11 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp    
12 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
13 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard    
14 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ    
15 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
16 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
17 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura    
18 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
19 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
20 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
21 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard    
22 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural    
23 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
24 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:21  
25 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
26 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
27 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    
28 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:27  
29 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
30 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:31  
31 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard    
32 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
33 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:00:35  
34 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:36  
35 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:38  
36 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ    
37 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:45  
38 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:47  
39 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
40 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:00:51  
41 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
42 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:05  
43 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
44 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura    
45 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:12  
46 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 0:01:31  
47 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 0:01:49  
48 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural    
49 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:00  
50 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:19  
51 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team    
52 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
53 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
54 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
55 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team    
56 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ 0:02:33  
57 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural 0:02:37  
58 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:39  
59 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:41  
60 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling    
61 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
62 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
63 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
64 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
65 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:50  
66 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:55  
67 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha    
68 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:03:01  
69 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
70 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:03:30  
71 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Sharp 0:03:51  
72 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ 0:04:02  
73 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
74 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
75 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ    
76 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
77 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:04:05  
78 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha    
79 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
80 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
81 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
82 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:05:45  
83 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:06:06  
84 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp    
85 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
86 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida    
87 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
88 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:07:26  
89 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling    
90 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling    
91 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
92 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
93 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
94 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura    
95 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:07:47  
96 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
97 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
98 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
99 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
100 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
101 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling    
102 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
103 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
104 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
105 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
106 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
107 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano    
108 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
109 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha    
110 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
111 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
112 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural 0:09:53  
113 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard    
114 Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard    
115 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
116 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
117 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha    
118 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
119 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural    
120 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin-Sharp    
121 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
122 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
123 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
124 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
125 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
126 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard    
127 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
128 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
129 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
130 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
131 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
132 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
133 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
134 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ    
135 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge    
136 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
137 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
138 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge    
139 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
140 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol    
141 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
142 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
143 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale    
144 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
145 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
146 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
147 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
148 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
149 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
150 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ    
151 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team    
152 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
153 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
154 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural    
155 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
156 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
157 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
158 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
159 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
160 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura    
161 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
162 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
163 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
164 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura    
165 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha    
166 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural    
167 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
168 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
169 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
170 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
171 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol    
172 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling    
173 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano    
174 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano    
175 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
176 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
177 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
178 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:11:33  
179 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
180 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
181 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
182 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
183 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
184 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
185 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
186 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha    
187 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural 0:12:20  
188 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida    
189 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
190 Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
191 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
192 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol    
193 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
194 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:16:38  
195 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
196 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:18:10  
DNS Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp    
Sprint 1 - Ponteareas, km. 82
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 4  pts
2 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 2  
3 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
Sprint 2 - A Guarda, km. 136,3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 4  pts
2 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 2  
3 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
Points
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 25  pts
2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 20  
3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 16  
4 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 14  
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 12  
6 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 10  
7 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 9  
8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 8  
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 7  
10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 6  
11 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 5  
12 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  
13 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 3  
14 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 2  
Mountain 1 - Alto de San Cosme (Cat. 3) km. 63
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 3  pts
2 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 2  
3 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 1  
Mountain 2 - Baiona. Alto do Monte da Groba (Cat. 1) km. 178
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 10  pts
2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 6  
3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
4 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 2  
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Team Saxo - Tinkoff 13:51:55  
2 Radioshack Leopard 0:00:14  
3 Team Netapp - Endura 0:00:35  
4 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:38  
5 FDJ 0:00:59  
6 Movistar Team 0:01:10  
7 Katusha 0:01:17  
8 Astana Pro Team 0:01:24  
9 BMC Racing Team 0:02:26  
10 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:03:24  
11 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:59  
12 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:08  
13 AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:40  
14 Lampre-Merida 0:06:17  
15 Garmin Sharp    
16 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:06:30  
17 Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:07:26  
18 Sky Procycling 0:09:53  
19 Lotto Belisol 0:10:14  
20 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:10:47  
21 Team Argos-Shimano 0:15:20  
22 Orica Greenedge 0:21:37  
General classification after stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 5:07:22  
2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:08  
3 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:10  
4 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard    
5 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard    
6 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:22  
7 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:27  
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team    
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:32  
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
11 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
12 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:33  
13 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:35  
14 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:36  
15 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    
16 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:00:37  
17 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:39  
18 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:41  
19 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:43  
20 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:49  
21 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
22 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:54  
23 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:56  
24 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:00:57  
25 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:00:58  
26 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:59  
27 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:03  
28 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:06  
29 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:09  
30 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:14  
31 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:20  
32 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
33 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:25  
34 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:26  
35 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura    
36 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:27  
37 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:29  
38 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:36  
39 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural 0:01:38  
40 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:41  
41 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:01:46  
42 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 0:01:49  
43 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 0:01:53  
44 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:55  
45 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 0:02:16  
46 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team 0:02:34  
47 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:02:41  
48 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
49 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:49  
50 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:50  
51 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 0:03:13  
52 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural    
53 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:03:19  
54 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:27  
55 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:41  
56 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
57 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
58 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ 0:03:44  
59 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:00  
60 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural 0:04:01  
61 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:04:05  
62 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:22  
63 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:32  
64 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:04:37  
65 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha 0:04:50  
66 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Sharp 0:04:57  
67 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ 0:05:02  
68 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:10  
69 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:05:17  
70 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:05:22  
71 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
72 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:29  
73 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:32  
74 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:06:00  
75 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:06:07  
76 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
77 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:06:28  
78 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:07:10  
79 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:07:11  
80 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:07:22  
81 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 0:07:28  
82 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:07:33  
83 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
84 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling 0:07:34  
85 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling    
86 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:07:38  
87 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:07:44  
88 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:07:47  
89 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
90 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
91 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:07:49  
92 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:07:55  
93 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 0:08:00  
94 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling 0:08:05  
95 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:08:22  
96 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:08:29  
97 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
98 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha 0:08:32  
99 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:08:38  
100 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:08:47  
101 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
102 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural 0:09:11  
103 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:14  
104 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
105 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:09:26  
106 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano    
107 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:09:28  
108 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:09:34  
109 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:09:49  
110 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard    
111 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:09:55  
112 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
113 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:10:01  
114 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:10:11  
115 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 0:10:13  
116 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:10:19  
117 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:10:24  
118 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
119 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge    
120 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge    
121 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
122 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
123 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
124 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:10:26  
125 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:10:32  
126 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:10:46  
127 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 0:10:53  
128 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
129 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:10:55  
130 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:10:57  
131 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:11:05  
132 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
133 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:11:10  
134 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural 0:11:17  
135 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin-Sharp 0:11:20  
136 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
137 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:11:24  
138 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 0:11:32  
139 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano    
140 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:11:34  
141 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
142 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:11:35  
143 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:38  
144 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale    
145 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:11:42  
146 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:12:04  
147 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:12:08  
148 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 0:12:15  
149 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:12:20  
150 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard 0:12:30  
151 Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard    
152 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:12:34  
153 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
154 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
155 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:12:37  
156 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura 0:12:40  
157 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura    
158 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol 0:12:43  
159 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:12:45  
160 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team 0:12:46  
161 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural 0:12:48  
162 Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:13:02  
163 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:13:03  
164 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 0:13:15  
165 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:13:33  
166 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
167 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
168 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano    
169 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:13:55  
170 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 0:13:58  
171 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 0:14:08  
172 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team 0:14:12  
173 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha 0:14:17  
174 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:14:20  
175 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
176 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 0:14:24  
177 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
178 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 0:14:30  
179 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ 0:14:35  
180 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:14:40  
181 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:14:48  
182 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:15:01  
183 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
184 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:15:10  
185 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural 0:15:20  
186 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:15:31  
187 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:15:43  
188 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
189 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha 0:15:57  
190 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:16:01  
191 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:16:15  
192 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp 0:16:22  
193 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:17:53  
194 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:19:38  
195 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:20:18  
196 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:22:37  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 25  pts
2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 20  
3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 16  
4 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 14  
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 12  
6 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 10  
7 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 9  
8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 8  
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 7  
10 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 6  
11 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 6  
12 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 6  
13 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 5  
14 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  
15 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 3  
16 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 2  
17 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 2  
18 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 1  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 10  pts
2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 6  
3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
4 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 3  
5 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 2  
6 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 2  
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
8 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 1  
Combination classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  pts
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 20  
3 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 20  
4 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 22  
5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 43  
6 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 99  
7 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 183  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Radioshack Leopard 14:22:18  
2 Team Saxo - Tinkoff 0:00:08  
3 Team Netapp - Endura 0:00:46  
4 Astana Pro Team 0:01:00  
5 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:03  
6 Movistar Team 0:01:15  
7 Katusha 0:01:52  
8 FDJ 0:02:00  
9 BMC Racing Team 0:02:38  
10 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:04:38  
11 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:58  
12 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:06:30  
13 Lampre-Merida 0:06:49  
14 AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:57  
15 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:07:32  
16 Garmin Sharp 0:07:34  
17 Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:08:20  
18 Sky Procycling 0:09:51  
19 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:10:39  
20 Lotto Belisol 0:11:04  
21 Team Argos-Shimano 0:16:49  
22 Orica Greenedge 0:21:58  

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objectif More than 1 year ago
The first time Roche looks like a real GC contender. Great.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Very deserved win for saxo
Stalky More than 1 year ago
Finally getting that elusive grand tour stage, and in his favorite tour
rainwatrs More than 1 year ago
The race leader’s jersey passes to the shoulders of the bookmaker’s favorite Nibali. . . Yawn
Christopher Clarke More than 1 year ago
Far too early for Nibs to be in Red though... i wouldn't be surprised to see him hang back a bit tomorrow to lose it. Astana are strong, but they won't want to be dragging Nibs around Spain for 3 weeks in the race lead.
MathewR More than 1 year ago
Agreed, not even the strongest team would want to put themselves through such ordeal...
Rob Alan More than 1 year ago
Guess it all depends on who is in the breakaway tomorrow. Its a big ask to lead the race from now till the end. If one of big players attacks tomorrow at all I guess Nibali and Astana will have to ride hard.
Peter von More than 1 year ago
But if Valverde, Rodriguez, Uran etc. attacks tommorrov Astana would do something even if they didn't have the red. I think they will take it very easy in front of the peloton today and hope that someone like Ullisi or lulu takes the jersey away from Nibs, or even better that BMC does all the work because they want to win the stage and Astana gets to keep it.
antmills More than 1 year ago
Roache ....... Hmmm!
risiak More than 1 year ago
Living in Colorado and can not wait to watch Vuelta. What a strange race US pro cycling challenge we had this year.
Sillaz More than 1 year ago
Great ride by Roche.
TANK91 More than 1 year ago
Betancur. #sad face
bjohal More than 1 year ago
With all their power meter and scientific training, team Sky is 9 minutes down. i guess the training only works in the TDF, and only for one or two riders. Well done Roche. Hope to see more of such determination from him in the next three weeks.