Tony Martin wins stage 2 of Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco

Tony Martin claimed a well-deserved win on stage 2 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco from Ordizia to Dantxarinea with a solo breakway. The German infiltrated the day's early break before launching two attacks to distance his rivals in the closing 20 kilometres.

Despite the best efforts from the chasing bunch, they were unable to draw Martin back in with the QuickStep rider holding on for victory. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) fended off late attacks from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to retain his overall lead.

Ben Swift took second place on the stage to lead the peloton home with Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) taking third for the second day in a row.

The win marked Martin's first individual victory of the season.

Victory looked a long way off when Martin joined the early break of seven inside the opening 20 kilometres of racing. Along with his teammate Jan Bakelants, he sailed cleared with Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing), Maxime Monfort (Lotto-Belisol), Gorka Izagirre (Movistar Team), and David Malacarne (Europcar) and quickly built up a healthy lead.

The Basque country doesn't do flat roads, or at least they certainly don't race over them, and although the majority of the climbing came within the opening 50 kilometres of the stage, the seven-man group continued to build on its advantage.

Tinkoff was willing to have any easy day and with Izagirre the biggest threat, and over six minutes down on Contador, they allowed the seven to soak up intermediate sprints and mountain points.

Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp), Carlos Betancur (AG2r) and Lieuwe Westra (Astana) all abandoned during the stage, but there were no such problems for the break and although Team Sky and Orica GreenEdge mustered a chase the leaders still held a 2:36 buffer with 40 kilometres remaining.

The rolling terrain looked to be taking its toll when the time check flashed up with just over 60 seconds as Martin's group dipped under the 20km to go banner.

But Martin looked fresh and when he revved the engine and lifted the pace, only a Izagirre and Bakelants could respond.

The rest of the break soon fell away leaving Izagirre in an Omega Pharma and Quick Step sandwich. Even Bakelants was holding on for dear life as Martin moved into full time trial mode, his mouth gaping, his arms tucked over the hoods and back as flat as possible.

After a short descent, Bakelants provided Martin with the perfect leaving gift, a brief acceleration that Izagirre was forced to close before the three-time world champion could break clear.

He still had 11 kilometres, and one sharp but short climb to come, but instead of dropping the gap was increasing, peaking 1:10 before the peloton finally began to eat into the lead on the final uncategorised climb.

Valverde provided two token attacks in an attempt to catch his rivals off guard and even Philippe Gilbert demonstrated his improving form with a move inside the final kilometres, but it wasn't enough to stop Martin. The German had plenty of time to savour the win as he crossed the line with the bunch closing to within a few seconds at the end.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team3:46:17
2Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:00:30
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 7 - Cell 2
9Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Damiano Caruso (Ita) CannondaleRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team KatushaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team SkyRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Iurii Trofimov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 29 - Cell 2
31Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin SharpRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 32 - Cell 2
34Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin SharpRow 34 - Cell 2
36Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 36 - Cell 2
38Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 37 - Cell 2
39José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.frRow 40 - Cell 2
42Simon Spilak (Slo) Team KatushaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 43 - Cell 2
45Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory RacingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47John Gadret (Fra) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdgeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.frRow 48 - Cell 2
50Romain Sicard (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 49 - Cell 2
51David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 50 - Cell 2
52Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:42
57Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge0:01:42
58Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:36
59Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-MeridaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.frRow 61 - Cell 2
63Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:02:57
64Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:27
65Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 64 - Cell 2
66Cristiano Salerno (Ita) CannondaleRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 66 - Cell 2
68Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 67 - Cell 2
69Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 69 - Cell 2
71David Tanner (Aus) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 73 - Cell 2
75Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team KatushaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin SharpRow 75 - Cell 2
77Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 76 - Cell 2
78Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.frRow 77 - Cell 2
79Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 78 - Cell 2
80Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:05
83Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:04:51
84Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin SharpRow 83 - Cell 2
85Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team SkyRow 84 - Cell 2
86Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 85 - Cell 2
87Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 89 - Cell 2
91Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) CannondaleRow 90 - Cell 2
92Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:04:54
94Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:06:42
95Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdgeRow 94 - Cell 2
96Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida0:06:44
97Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 97 - Cell 2
99Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 98 - Cell 2
100Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.frRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 101 - Cell 2
103Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin SharpRow 102 - Cell 2
104Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 104 - Cell 2
106Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 105 - Cell 2
107Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Daniele Ratto (Ita) CannondaleRow 107 - Cell 2
109Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team EuropcarRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jean Marc Marino (Fra) CannondaleRow 109 - Cell 2
111Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 110 - Cell 2
112Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 111 - Cell 2
113Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 112 - Cell 2
114Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:07:43
116Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida0:07:51
117Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Xu Gang (Chn) Lampre-MeridaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Danny Pate (USA) Team SkyRow 119 - Cell 2
121Dmitriy Kozonchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 120 - Cell 2
122Kévin Reza (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 122 - Cell 2
124Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:11:24
125Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 124 - Cell 2
126Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdgeRow 125 - Cell 2
127Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team SkyRow 126 - Cell 2
128Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale