Bouhanni wins stage two in Spain

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 24, 2014 12:26 PM

(Reuters) - France's Nacer Bouhanni surged to the line to claim second stage honors at the Tour of Spain on Sunday, holding off a late burst by Germany's John Degenkolb.

With tour favorites Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador looking to avoid trouble on a challenging finish at the end of the flat 174.4-km ride from Algeciras to San Fernando,'s Bouhanni held off Degenkolb, of Giant, and Italian Lampre-Merida rider Roberto Ferrari in a sprint finish.

Francisco Aramendia, Jacques Janse Van Rensburg, Romain Hardy and 21-year-old Valerio Conti, who replaced last year’s winner Chris Horner in Team Lampre-Merida, broke clear around the hour mark and maintained their lead until the final 20-km.

The sprinters moved to the fore with the IAM Cycling, Lotto Belisol and Giant-Shimano teams at the front of the peloton but Bouhanni went away early and made it over the line first with Degenkolb close behind.

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Spain's Alejandro Valverde took the leader's red jersey from compatriot and fellow Movistar rider Jonathan Castroviejo.

(Reporting by Tim Hanlon; Editing by Josh Reich)