Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Mikel Landa wins for Team Sky on stage two

Spaniard Mikel Landa won the second stage of the Tour of the Basque country on home soil on Tuesday to claim the overall lead by a second from Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman.

Team Sky’s Landa edged out Kelderman with a late burst on the 174.3km stage from Markina-Xemein to Garrastatxu, after they broke away from the chasing pack in the final two kilometres of a demanding 2.7km climb to the finish.

Landa’s teammate Sergio Henao claimed third with Giro d’Italia champion Alberto Contador 11 seconds back in fifth.

Other race favourites Nairo Quintana and Fabio Aru also lost significant time on Landa as they finished 15 and 22 seconds behind respectively.

The six-stage race continues on Wednesday with a 193.5km ride from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Lesaka.

STAGE 2 RESULTS

1. Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky) 4:43:17″

2. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / LottoNL) +1″

3. Sergio Henao (Colombia / Team Sky) +5″

4. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / BMC Racing) +9″

5. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff) +11″

6. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ) +13″

7. Rui Costa (Portugal / Lampre) +15″

8. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar)

9. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / LottoNL)

10. Sebastien Reichenbach (Switzerland / FDJ)

11. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha)

12. Louis Vervaeke (Belgium / Lotto)

13. Pello Bilbao (Spain / Caja Rural) +19″

14. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +20″

15. Lawson Craddock (US / Cannondale) +22″

OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky) 8:37:38″

2. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / LottoNL) +1″

3. Sebastian Henao (Colombia / Team Sky) +5″

4. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / BMC Racing) +9″

5. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff) +11″

6. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ) +13″

7. Rui Costa (Portugal / Lampre) +15″

8. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar)

9. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / LottoNL)

10. Sebastien Reichenbach (Switzerland / FDJ)

11. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha)

12. Louis Vervaeke (Belgium / Lotto)

13. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +20″

14. Lawson Craddock (US / Cannondale) +22″

15. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana)

© AFP

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