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Maestre Still Leader In Vuelta A Asturias

After a fast day with a lot of breaks, in the end it came down to a bunch sprint. Milaneza were leading out Angel Edo again, but it was Telekom’s Gian Matteo Fagnini who came out on top.

To-day’s stage from Llanes to Gijon of 153 kilometres could have been the end of the lead for Josй Manuel Maestre (Relax) as it was a hard old stage made for the climbers.

Early break by Joseba Beloki (ONCE) was soon brought back, there were many other attempts but the most dangerous move of the day was from Santi Blanco (Relax) and Iсigo Chaurreau (AG2R) who jumped away and were joined by Pedro Andrade (LA Pecol). The three were kept at around a minute, until the hard work of the Milanaza team, for their sprinter, Angel Edo, pulled them back in time for the gallop. Fagnini timed it perfectly to come off the wheels on a narrow finishing straight to take the stage.

Tomorrow’s stage is 166.7 kilometres from Gijon to Aviles, the main climb of the day comes at 82,6 kilometres and is 1,345 metres high. Miguel A. Martin Perdiguero of Domina Vicanza has won this stage for the last two years.

Stage 2 Result:

1st. G.Fagnini (TEL) 3:32:58.
2nd. C.Torrent (PAT) same time.
3rd. J.Arrieta (BAN) same time.
4th. M.Gentili (DOM) same time.
5th. A.Edo (MIL) same time.
6th. S.Sбnchez (EUS) same time.

Overall After Stage 2:

1st. J.Maestre (Relax) 7:28:58.
2nd. A.Moos (PHO) at :03 secs.
3rd. A.Edo (MIL) at :06 secs.
4th. C.Torrent (PAT) at :06 secs.
5th. J.Arrieta (BAN) at :08 secs.
6th. I.Nozal (ONCE) at : 08 secs.

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