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Sky’s Weapon Unveiled at Pais Vasco

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Apr 5, 2016 – Spaniard Mikel Landa won the second stage of the Tour of the Basque country on home soil on Tuesday to claim the overall lead by a second from Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman.

AFP/Kåre Dehlie Thorstad

Team Sky’s Landa edged out Kelderman with a late burst on the 174.3km stage from Markina-Xemein to Garrastatxu, after they broke away from the chasing pack in the final two kilometres of a demanding 2.7km climb to the finish.

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Other race favourites Nairo Quintana and Fabio Aru also lost significant time on Landa as they finished 15 and 22 seconds behind respectively. The six-stage race continues on Wednesday with a 193.5km ride from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Lesaka.

Landa’s teammate Sergio Henao claimed third with Giro d’Italia champion Alberto Contador 11 seconds back in fifth.

Final kilometers of Stage 2
https://youtu.be/CVJ81iUYiwk

Results Stage 2:
1. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky 4:43:17
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:01
3. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:00:05
4. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:09
5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:00:11
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:13
7. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida 0:00:15
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
9. Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
10. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ

General Classification:
1. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky 8:37:38
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:01
3. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:00:05
4. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:09
5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:00:11
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:13
7. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida 0:00:15
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
9. Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
10. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ

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