Stage two and a rare opportunity for the sprinters. Quickest of the bunch in a frantic, crash-disrupted finale was Gianni Meersman, who once launched from his Etixx-Quick Step train never looked like being caught. Bora Argon’s Michael Schwarzmann just edged out Magnus Cort (Orica-BikeExchange) for second. Michal Kwiatkowski held his nerve at the sharp end to take fourth place and ensured the red jersey stayed with Sky. Continue reading
Team Sky paced the opening team trial to perfection. Their fifth man stopped the clock at 30:37, two hundreths of a second faster than Movistar with the Orica-BikeEdge crew claiming third. Pete Kennaugh was first man over the line and will swap the Rapha black and blue for the splendid Vuelta red.