Two for Hushovd

Thor Hushovd took his second consecutive victory in the Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday, storming to a sprint victory ahead of Team High Road's Bernhard Eisel and Leonardo Duque (Cofidis). The Crédit Agricole rider questioned his ability to hold the overall lead after winning the opening prologue, but was able to get over the mid-stage category one ascent of the Alt dels Angels and then soar to the sprint win.

The 167.8 kilometre stage from Riudellots de la Selva to Banyoles began with 173 riders after Lampre's Christian Murro withdrew because of stomach problems. On the first climb, the category two Alt de Santa Pelaia, four riders broke clear: Dario Cioni (Silence-Lotto), Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Freddy Bichot (Agritubel) and José Luis Carrasco (Andalucía - Cajasur).

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