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Tony Martin solos to win at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

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In his first stage race with his new Katusha-Alpecin team, Tony Martin took an impressive solo victory on stage 2 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The time trial world champion won by 11 seconds over Pim Ligthart (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).

The parcours featured many climbs with an early break trying to stay away on the difficult parcours. On the final climb of the Alto de Montgó David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) launched an attack that was covered by Martin and the German dropped him. With 6km to go to the finish Denia he used his time trial skills to hold off the chasers.

“We received information that Kristoff also won today so we knew we needed to do the same. I’m very happy that in my first road race for Team Katusha-Alpecin that I could get a victory and keep our morale high in the team for the next races,” said Martin.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2017 – stage 2 results (Alicante – Denia):

1Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin)

4:44:35

2Pim Ligthart (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij)

+11”

3Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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4David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors)

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5Michele Scarponi (Astana)

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6Amaro Antunes (W52/FC Porto)

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7Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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8Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

+19”

9Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors)

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10Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data)

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General classification after stage 2:

1Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

5:28:11

2Manuel Senni (BMC)

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3Ben Hermans (BMC)

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4David Lopez (Team Sky)

+21”

5Nicolas Roche (BMC)

+37”

6David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors)

+41”

7Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors)

+49”

8Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)

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9Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)

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10Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+54”