Volta a Catalunya: Luka Mezgec wins again on stage two as Chris Froome stays safe in rain

Last Updated: 25/03/14 5:45pm

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Luka Mezgec: Two wins in two days in Northern Spain

Luka Mezgec: Two wins in two days in Northern Spain

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Chris Froome safely negotiated a wet and treacherous second stage of the Volta a Catalunya as race leader Luka Mezgec sprinted to victory for the second day in a row.

In a carbon copy of Monday's opening stage, it was Orica-GreenEdge who led out the bunch sprint, yet Mezgec stole the march once again by powering down the opposite side of the road to sealing his triumph by approximately two bike lengths.

Bonus seconds accrued on the line ensured the Giant-Shimano rider extended his lead at the top of the general classification to 14 seconds, although the sprinter is likely to relinquish his jersey when the race heads into the mountains on Wednesday.

Froome (Team Sky) avoided a crash with just under 25km to go and then crossed the finish line in the peloton.

Cold and wet

The second day of action kicked off in Mataro and had always looked likely to suit the fast men with just two categorised climbs on the menu early in the stage.

The peloton were greeted by cold and wet conditions, but that didn't stop six riders heading clear on the rain-soaked roads.

Team Sky rider Richie Porte was forced to climb off mid-stage as he continued to feel the effects of the illness that forced him out of Tirreno-Adriatico, but the six escapees stayed together until the closing stages until Thomas Voeckler decided enough was enough and forged clear alone.

The Europcar rider produced a typically-resolute performance but was finally hauled back with 5km to go. By then the sprint trains were in full swing, although no one outfit were really able to stamp their authority at the head of the peloton.

Orica-GreenEdge were the team who were perhaps most dominant, but for the second time in 24 hours the victory evaded them when Mezgec kicked early on the flat, straight run to the finish and held his speed to wrap up another hard-fought success.

Stage two result

1 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano, 3:57:49
2 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida, same time
3 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale, st
4 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
5 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC, st
6 Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA, st
7 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol, st
8 Tosh van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol, st
9 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, st
10 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice, st
Selected other
35 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, st

General classification

1 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano, 8:06:42
2 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida, +14secs
3 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, same time
4 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +16
5 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale, st
6 Boris Valle (Bel) Lotto Belisol, +18
7 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC, +20
8 Tosh van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol, st
9 Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA, st
10 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale, st
Selected other
34 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, +23

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