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Nacer Bouhanni wins stage two of Vuelta a Espana

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Bouhanni wins his first ever Vuelta stage  (©GettyImages)
Bouhanni wins his first ever Vuelta stage (©GettyImages).

Nacer Bouhanni sprints to victory on stage two of the Vuelta a Espana to claim his first ever win in the Spanish Grand Tour.

Bouhanni out-sprinted John Degenkolb, who finished second, and Roberto Ferrari, who crossed the line in third place.

Lead out train

FDJ.fr executed a well oiled lead out train to deliver Bouhanni to the finish, with rivals Giant-Shimano failing to lead their sprinter Degenkolb into the final straight after confusion on a corner towards the end of the race.

The 24-year-old was pleased with his win and admits it was down to the hard work of the team that the result was so good.

Great position

According to Sky Sports, Bouhanni said: “We worked very hard for this. In the last moment we were in a great position.

"It’s a great day, not only for me, but for all of my team. You have got to take your chances when you can. To get a win on the Vuelta is great. Maybe I will win a couple more.”

Valverde in red

Alejandro Valverde moved into the race lead and will wear the red jersey during stage three after he crossed the line ahead of all his teammates.

Valverde is one of the race favourites despite supporting Nairo Quintana during the three week race but he admitted he hadn't planned to wear the leader's jersey after the stage.

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The Spaniard said: "To be honest, it wasn't on the plan that I took the leader's jersey, but the finish was really nervous and difficult and we had to ride up front, trying not to lose any time into splits or crashes.

"I hadn't even realised I had become the GC leader. It's always nice to take the leader's jersey and I'm happy about this. It's great to be ahead of other rivals."

Chris Froome finished in 17th place and retains his 27 second deficit to Valverde but with plenty of racing to go the Brit will not be worried yet.

Stage two result

1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr, 4:01:30
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Shimano, same time
3 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st
4 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing, st
5 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, st
6 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale, st
7 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
8 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
9 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin, st
10 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling, st
Selected other
17 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, st

General classification

1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, same time
3 Andrey Amador (Cos) Movistar, st
4 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar, st
5 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar, st
6 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, st
7 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale, +6
8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, st
9 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale, st
10 Adam Yates (GB) Orica-GreenEdge, st

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