Serrano foils the favourites in Andalucia

IZNJAR SPAIN FEBRUARY 20 Arrival Gonzalo Serrano of Spain and Team Caja Rural Seguros RGA Celebration Juan Jos Lobato of Spain and Team Fundacin Orbea Dylan Teuns of Belgium Team Bahrain McLaren during the 66th Vuelta a Andaluca Ruta del Sol 2020 Stage 2 a 1981km stage from Sevilla to Iznjar 527m VCANDALUCIA UCIProSeries on February 20 2020 in Iznjar Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Gonzalo Serrano (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

On a blisteringly fast run-in to the final climb on stage 2 of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta del Sol to Iznajar the WorldTour riders were amassed at the head of the peloton as they reached the base of the 1.3km-long 7.2 per cent gradient that stood between them and the finish line. Antonio Pedrero (Movistar) was the first to jump but when Caja Rural-Seguros RGA's Gonzalo Serrano leapt across to him, Pedrero sat up.

After Serrano, hands in the drops, sprinted all out up the steep lower slopes opening up an ever increasing gap to the bunch with race leader Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Pedrero might have regretted that decision but one can understand why the Movistar rider might have underestimated the 25-year-old from Madrid: on stage 2 of the Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana two weeks ago, Serrano tried a similar attack only to be mowed down by the favourites before Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) went on to seal the win.

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