Pinot beats Contador and Valverde to win Ruta del Sol queen stage

Thibaut Pinot

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) claimed the queen stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia in impressive fashion, catching and beating Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) in the last kilometer.

Contador attacked early on the finishing climb, quickly opening a gap over a chasing group of Pinot and the Team Sky trio of Wout Poels, Diego Rosa, and Mikel Landa as race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) seemed to be in trouble behind.

Thibaut Pinot bridged the gap to Contador in sight of the finish line, overhauling him with 200 metres to go and claiming the stage victory.

Valverde limited the damage, finishing only seven seconds behind Pinot and five seconds behind Contador, but still loses his leader’s jersey to Contador who now has a three-second advantage over Pinot.

Vuelta a Andalucia 2017 – stage 2 results (Torredonjimeno – Alto Peña del Águila):

1Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)


2Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


3Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


4Jon Izaguirre (Bahrain Merida)


5Mikel Landa (Team Sky)


6Diego Rosa (Team Sky)


7Wout Poels (Team Sky)


8Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ)


9Pieter Weening (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij)


10Floris De Tier (LottoNl-Jumbo)



General classification after stage 2:

1Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


2Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)


3Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


4Jon Izaguirre (Bahrain Merida)


5Diego Rosa (Team Sky)


6Wout Poels (Team Sky)


7Mikel Landa (Team Sky)


8Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ)


9Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac)


10Pieter Weening (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij)



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