Yves Lampaert (Quickstep-Floors) won the 2nd stage of the Vuelta a Espana with a crafty late attack in the final kilometer. Teammate, Matteo Trentin took 2nd place and Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue) finished in 3rd position. Lampaert also took over the overall race lead.
The 2nd stage of the Vuelta a Espana took riders on a 200km journey from Nimes, along the coast to the finish in Gruissan. The coastal road, while mostly flat, made for a difficult day as the riders were exposed to the wind which resulted in an extremely nervous day out on the bike.
The threat the wind posed was so real that not a single break was allowed to go clear all stage. It was a constant battle for position as nobody wanted to be caught out if the splits took place. Despite this constant threat, it was only in the final 5km of the 200km stage when the gaps and echelons appeared. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were looking to Youcef Reguigui for a result and he had to rely heavily on Nic Dougall to keep him in the first group when it started to split.
Dougall did a fantastic job to ensure Reguigui was sitting in the top 20 at 3km to go but unfortunately for our Algerian champion, a GC contender let the gap go a few places up when they hit 1.5km to go. There was no coming back from that point as Quickstep, who had 3 riders on the front, never let up and finished 1-2 on the stage. Reguigui came home in 15th place on the stage.
Youcef Reguigui – Rider
It was a long day and quite difficult because of the wind. There was no break so everyone wanted to pull on the front. In the last 20km I had to fight alone with just Nic (Dougall) to help me stay in a good position. In the final I was in a good position but there was also a little of climbers in the front as well. Aru came into one of the final corners quite fast but then him and another climber left a gap. 13 guys were in front so in the sprint I could only arrive in 15th on the stage. This was the first chance for me but there will be another opportunity on Tuesday for me to try and get a good result.