Sunday August 20th, 2017

Stage 2Nîmes / Gruissan. Grand Narbonne. Aude

Start 12h43 (Local time)

Key moments

Quick-Step Floors dominated stage 2 of the 72nd La Vuelta through the wind. Yves Lampaert found an opening in the final kilometre to the finish line set at Gruissan. He snatched the victory just ahead of the sprinters… led by his teammate Matteo Trentin ahead of Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport). The two riders from Quick-Step Floors also lead the general classification, with Daniel Oss (BMC) 3rd. Lampaert delivers the 17th La Vuelta stage victory for his team and is the first Belgian rider to...

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Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors): “It was super stressful from the start. Trek immediately put pressure and everyone was stressed the whole day. But in the end, it was perfect. Yves (Lampaert) showed in previous weeks he was in shape so it's great. Of course it gives us great confidence. We came with a super strong team. We were second yesterday, today we have the victory, it's quite special, especially for Yves. He deserved it a lot after working hard this season.”

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Oss: "It was pretty strange"

Daniel Oss (BMC): “It was pretty strange. We expected this kind of nervous stage, with a lot of stress in the bunch. Then, you see there's no break and in the final it was pretty nervous and it was hard to do the good move. Personally, I was focused on the jersey, because we were a few guys in a short time. But, and the end, I was boxed and I couldn't do anything more than I did. Tomorrow it will be a completely different stage, maybe the time for climbers.”

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Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors): “We had to be wary all day long, it was mentally exhausting. There was no breakaway, we could see everyone was nervous. I just did my job. In the final, it was all for Matteo (Trentin). Then Yves Lampaert went super hard and when I saw him opening a gap I slowed down a bit. Yesterday, we were part of the best, and now we win in such a fashion… It's just great.”

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Roche: "I'm disappointed"

Nicolas Roche (BMC): “You can't say the Quick-Step movement was a surprise. We knew something was going to happen. I was surprised by the time gaps. I didn't think there was going to be splits. This morning, we knew Quick Step were gonna lead the day. Actually, we thought Trentin was going to be the sprinter, but it was Lampaert. Today was a bit disappointing. I rode very well all day, coming into the sprint I was in the 13th, 14th position to be on the mix. Finally, I got caught up. I was...

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Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport): “I think we all knew the echelons were coming. We discussed with the team to be at the front in last 2km and stay there. Quick-Step played a tricky game and I didn't have the legs. It's a shame I couldn't do more.”

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Yves Lampaert (Quick Step), winner of the 2nd stage and new red jersey: “We planned with the team that if we couldn't make echelons during the stage we would try in the last 10km. Niki (Terpstra) went full with 3km to go and then it was Alaphilippe. We were with a few guys in a break. After that, just before the roundabout, they shout at me: ‘Go, go, go!'. I knew I could ride 1km quite fast and I'm happy that I could make it to the finish. I don't realise that I'm leader of a Grand Tour....

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