Jose Joquin Rojas stripped of overall lead for pushing in Movistar Catalunya time trial victory

Jose Joaquin Rojas was stripped of the overall lead in the Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday after he was handed a three-minute penalty for pushing during the time trial.

Spanish team Movistar, the penultimate team to complete the test, finished in 48:55 – just two seconds faster than BMC Racing, the favourites to win.

Trek Segafredo, who eventually finished in fourth place, initially took the lead, but couldn’t compete with BMC’s solid advantage of more than a minute.

Team Sky struggled in the early stages, dropping Diego Rosa, but nonetheless came in ahead of Trek, though 44 seconds behind BMC.

Rojas subsequently fell out of the top 30 in the overall classification after he was found to have pushed teammates Nelson Oliveira and Andrei Amador on a climb. The pair were also penalised by one and two minutes, respectively.

Volta a Catalunya Stage Two Time Trial Results

1. Movistar (Spain) 48:55″

2. BMC Racing (United States) +2″

3. Team Sky (Britain) +46″

4. Trek (United States) +1:15″

5. Orica (Australia) +1:24″

6. FDJ (France) +1:44″

7. LottoNL (Netherlands) +1:48″

8. Astana (Kazakhstan) +2:05″

9. Lotto (Belgium) +2:10″

10. Quick-Step (Belgium) +2:13″

General classification after Stage Two

1. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 5:17:16″

2. Ruben Fernandez (Spain / Movistar) ST

3. Imanol Erviti (Spain / Movistar)

4. Marc Soler (Spain / Movistar)

5. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain / Movistar)

6. Ben Hermans (Belgium / BMC Racing) +2″

7. Brent Bookwalter (U.S. / BMC Racing)

8. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing)

9. Rohan Dennis (Australia / BMC Racing)

10. Kilian Franikiny (Switzerland / BMC Racing)

11. Alessandro De Marchi (Italy / BMC Racing)

12. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / BMC Racing)

13. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) +46″

14. Peter Kennaugh (Britain / Team Sky)

15. Mikel Nieve (Spain / Team Sky)

16. Philip Deignan (Ireland / Team Sky)

17. Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky)

18. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky)

19. Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus / Team Sky) +49″

20. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal / Movistar) +1:00″

21. Michael Gogl (Austria / Trek) +1:15″

22. Alberto Contador (Spain / Trek)

23. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek)

24. Haimar Zubeldia (Spain / Trek)

25. Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia / Trek)

26. Daryl Impey (South Africa / Orica) +1:24″

27. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica)

28. Damien Howson (Australia / Orica)

29. Sam Bewley (New Zealand / Orica)

30. Carlos Verona (Spain / Orica)

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