Two in a row for Ventoso in Spain

Thu, 14 Apr 17:10:00 2011

Movistar’s Fran Ventoso won the second stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon after judging another sprint to perfection.

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Team Sky riders looked to have the race under control, but Ventoso surged through in the final stages to claim the win.

Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot-Efapel) took second, while Sky's Russell Downing finished third on the 213km route from Valladolid to Salamanca.

Ventoso's second win of the tour means he occupies top spot on the leaderboard, but 34 riders, including Spain's Alberto Contador, are tied on the same time.

Saxo Bank-Sungard's director Philippe Maudiot said that the current Tour de France winner could push his way to the front in the third stage, a mountain route between Benavente and Galende.

"Here, we will try to put some pressure on our opponents," Maudiot said, "and there's a fair chance of witnessing Alberto [Contador] on an attack. The morale is superb and we're looking forward to tomorrow's challenges."


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