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Vuelta’17 St.2: Last K Lampaert!
Stage Report: With a cheeky attack in the final kilometer of stage 2 of the 2017 Vuelta a España, Quick-Step Floors' Yves Lampaert won the stage and pulled on the overall leaders jersey. Hot on the Belgian's heels was his teammate Matteo Trentin and Aqua Blue Sport's Adam Blythe bringing in a fractured peloton.



Maybe it was due to the Vuelta peloton riding in France, they rode the stage like a Tour de France stage - Without anything happening. The weather was perfect for a 203 kilometer ride to the South of France coast and that was what happened. Maybe the riders were thinking of the harder day coming on Monday to Andorra.

Gruissan - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Steven KRUIJSWIJK (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - Stef CLEMENT (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 2017 (2.UWT) stage 2 from Nimes - Gruissan (201 km) - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017
The start in Nîmes outside the Roman Amphitheater

The Vuelta organizers described stage 2 like this: "This stage will be one of the few in this year's Vuelta to end with a sprint to the finish-line. The stage will take place entirely in France, with all the obstacles that this implies: lots of roundabouts and central isles, all of which will force the peloton to ride in a straight line. Special attention must be paid to the crosswind and the echelons found along the coastline." They were nearly correct, there was a crosswind and it was a fast finish, but not a complete bunch.



The Action of the Day
With just over 75 km to go, the expected crosswind hit the peloton and the splits started to show. Trek-Segafredo's Jarlinson Pantano put the pressure on and a large group of around 20 odd riders lost contact. A truce was eventually called and the race was all together again as the race entered the final seventy Ks.

Gruissan - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Nicholas ROCHE (Ireland / BMC Racing Team) - Koen DE KORT (Netherlands / Team Trek Segafredo)  pictured during La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 2017 (2.UWT) stage 2 from Nimes - Gruissan (201 km) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2017
KOM Nico Roche (BMC) at the start

Ten kilometers later a big crash with about 60 km to go saw Annas Ait El Abdia (UAE Team Emirates) leave the race with a broken collarbone, he was joined by Javier Moreno (Bahrain Merida) a few kilometers later.

Gruissan - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Lennard HOFSTEDE (Netherlands / Team Sunweb)  pictured during La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 2017 (2.UWT) stage 2 from Nimes - Gruissan (201 km) - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017

At the intermediate sprint Katusha-Alpecin tried a move with three riders attacking to take the bonus seconds, but they were pulled back for Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) to take the 3 seconds. The only other excitement was the race having to stop for a train crossing.



10 kilometers out from the finish in Gruissan, the Sky team came to the front and gave it 'Full Gas' to split the bunch. It didn't work and all the top GC men were safe, but some riders did lose contact at the back of the bunch. Two K out and a dangerous move of seven riders caused pandemonium and the bunch was ripped to pieces. Passing under the 'Red Kite' Yves Lampaert jumped and gave it all he had all the way to the line, holding off the chase with his Quick-Step Floor's teammate, Matteo Trentin, taking second place ahead of Aqua Blue's Adam Blythe.

Gruissan - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Christopher - Chris FROOME (GBR / Team Sky) - Fabio ARU (Italy / Team Astana) pictured during La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 2017 (2.UWT) stage 2 from Nimes - Gruissan (201 km) - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017
Fabio Aru and Chris Froome were both near the front at the finish

Lampaert took stage, overall and the points competition



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Vuelta a España Stage 2 Result:
1. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors in 4:36:13
2. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
3. Adam Blythe (GB) Aqua Blue Sport
4. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
5. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
6. Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
8. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC
9. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
11. Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott at 0:05
12. Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
13. Sebastián Molano (Col) Manzana Postobon
14. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:08
15. Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data
16. Christopher Froome (GB) Team Sky
17. Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ
18. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
19. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
20. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
21. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana
22. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana
23. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
24. Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
25. Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 2:
1. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors in 4:52:07
2. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors at 0:01
3. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC at 0:03
4. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 0:17
5. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC
6. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC
7. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:18
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb
9. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:21
10. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky
11. David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors at 0:23
12. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb
13. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors
14. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb
15. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb
16. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:25
17. Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott at 0:26
18. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Sky
19. Adam Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 0:29
20. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:33
21. Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott at 0:34
22. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott
23. Magnus Cort (Den) Orica-Scott
24. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:35
25. Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar at 0:36.

 

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