The second stage could have seemed one of the easiest, looking at the profile, entirely flat all along the 203 km. On the contrary, the strong wind that blow all day long, caused a very challenging stage where the teams of the GC contenders were obliged to work so much to avoid risks of fall or echelons.
The Astana Pro Team guys worked very hard and the captain, the Italian Fabio Aru, joined the finish with the other GC contenders.
Just a small group (10 riders) gained 8 seconds on the great part of the peloton, thanks to an attack by the team of the stage winner at 2 km to go.
Fabio Aru finished 19th at 8 seconds from the stage winner and now in the GC he is 50th at 53 seconds from the leader.
The stage has been won by the Belgian Yves Lampaert who conquered also the Red Jersey, thanks to the time bonuses.
“This was one of the most dangerous stage of the entire Vuelta – commented Aru after the finish – I think we defended pretty well and now we can focus on the next stages.”
Another comment was released by the sport director, Bruno Cenghialta: “The clear goal for the first two stages was to avoid any risk of fall and not to lose too many seconds: I think as a Team we did good, a pity for the Bilbao’s fall, but the doctor said it’s nothing serious – commented the Italian – all the GC contenders are there… just few seconds between one to another and I’m sure there will be plenty of occasions to demonstrate our value.”
Tomorrow, third stage of La Vuelta 2017, from Prades Conflent Canigó to Andorra La Vella, 158.5 km with 3000 meters of positive drop: the first climbs of this Vuelta should select a small group of GC contenders.