Chris Froome climbs to ninth as Yves Lampaert wins Vuelta stage 2

Ruben Hill
August 23, 2017

"I was really looking for this stage win because I'm really going well in this last part of the season", Trentin told reporters.

Froome, who hopes to become just the third man to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same year, climbs to ninth overall, 21 seconds behind stage victor and leader Lampaert, while Sheffield-born Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) is a further 18 seconds back in 30th place.

Team Sky's Froome came though his first day in the leader's red jersey unscathed, the quadruple Tour de France champion finishing safely in the pack to retain his two-second lead over Spaniard David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) in the general classification.

"After my crash at the Tour de France I was just thinking about coming here and winning stages".

There are three certainties in life: Death, taxes, and multiple stage successes for Quick-Step in Grand Tours. The guys were awesome. "I'm really proud to make all these presents with this team".

Sky set a very strong pace with 7km to go, but the peloton was left in pieces after Quick-Step Floors' acceleration 2km from the stage finish.

They provided a flawless train for Trentin to use, the Italian picking his moment to perfection to complete his Grand Tour collection.

Tuesday's stage was one of the few in this year's Vuelta that profiled as a possible bunch sprint, with the peloton mostly descending throughout the day.

That didn't deter some from trying to foil the fastmen, though, with the quartet of Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon) and Diego Rubio and Nicholas Schulz (both Caja Rural) slipping away early on.

Wilco Kelderman's day could have been a bad one after a nasty crash in the final 20km, but he was able to fight his way back and not lose any overall time to Froome. Tom van Asbroeck (Cannondale-Drapac) 4.

Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) completed the top five on a fast finish preceded by a technical approach and a succession of roundabouts.

"Tomorrow is going to be another very demanding stage".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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