It was Stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana and, like yesterday, the riders were not hanging around. Lots of attackity action, fast riding on the front and a solo victory that came out of a cheeky attack from the red jersey group. Movistarlet Marc Soler rode to a fine solo win, while Primoz Roglic wasn’t giving anything away to the rivals around him and picked up extra seconds as he sprinted for second.
Horses, Horses, Horses
The Vuelta always has surprises in store. Today, it was the tiny horses that wanted to get into the break!
These tiny horses are not strangers to this race.
Of course, we have to have Patti Smith performing Horses in this section.
Apart from the pretty ponies, it was Marc Soler‘s day. No order from the team car to go back (or did he take his earpiece out, just in case), good legs, a fast descent and he was away.
Meanwhile, in other Movistar news.
A word from our fearless leader
Unfortunately, fan favourite and Roglic teammate Sepp Kuss lost the polka dot jersey today, which is now on the back of Richard Carapaz.
That racing spirit
Stage 2 results
1 Marc Soler (Movistar) 3:47:04
2 Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +0:19
3 Dan Martin (Israel Start-up Nation) same time
4 Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) s/t
5 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) s/t
GC Top 10
1 Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 8:09:41
2 Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up) +0:09
3 Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +0:11
4 Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) +0:17
5 Enric Mas (Movistar) same time
6 Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +0:20
7 Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) +0:26
8 George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) +0:56
9 Felix Grossschartner (Bora-hansgrohe) +0:59
10 Marc Soler (Movistar) +1:04
All the jerseys
Leader’s jersey Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)
Points jersey Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)
King of the Mountains Richard Carapaz (Ineos)
Best Young Rider Enric Mas (Movistar)
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