RusVelo DS Sergey Honchar said:
“It was a day of really hard racing, the Spanish ride very aggressively on their home roads. Only uncharacteristically low temperatures of just over 20 C made life a bit easier, normally it’s around 40 at this time of the year. All the rest was extremely hard, even on the flat, because of strong side winds and lots of turns. No wonder there were crashes in the peloton, Sergey Pomoshnikov hit the tarmac with his knee, which is not good at all as he suffered from a chronical knee injury not so long ago. The team doctor Alexander Buza will be following his progress closely. The final laps were still harder, with a steep climb and a technical downhill. That’s where experience plays its part, and Sergey Lagutin came in pretty close to the winner. The other team leader Ilnur Zakarin is not quite at home with this type of hills, climbing long and demanding mountain passes is his traditional strength. We hope that stage 3 will give him a chance to demonstrate this. And the team is highly motivated to see Sergey and Ilnur through to the queen stage with minimum time lost”.