It was an „orange day” in Andalucia. Grega Bole claimed second podium spot in this race and Adrian Honkisz made the breakaway of the day and spent nearly 160 km in the front.
The last climb which ended with 9km to go, favored us – Grega Bole said afterwards.- Few sprinters got dropped and thanks to that we could sprint from a smaller group. In the finale Maciej Paterski gave me a great lead-out. I started off my sprint slightly too early and I was passed by two very good riders. The victory was very close, but I am satisfied with the result.
As impressive as Bole’s sprint, was Adrian Honkisz’s performance, who was a part of the main breakaway.
We agreed before the stage that me and Branislau Samoilau will try to get into the breakaway – Honkisz said. – We were attacking alternately and eventually I managed to make the escape. For a long tome we had to deal with the head wind, which made creating a gap a little harder. The first part of the route was flat and the second was more hilly, where I felt more comfortable. We cooperated well but the peloton held us at around four minutes. I was hoping that we will reach the bottom of the last climb, before the bunch, but they caught us sooner.
I got some bruises on my knee and hip after the yesterday’s crash but it was not that painful to stop me from racing and fighting.
Adrian Honkisz attacked right after the kilometer zero. He was involved in a 5-man breakaway with Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling), Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Team Roompot), Nicholas Dougall (MTN-Qhubeka) and Aleksandr Komin (Rusvelo). They quickly gained over 4-minute advantage.
When the Honkisz’s group was stretching out the lead, Stefan Schumacher was forced to abandon the race. German took part in a big crash on stage 1a, injured himself badly and fractured his wrist. Although he participated in the Thursday afternoon time trial, pain on the next day was too big to continue racing in Andalucia.
Honkisz and other escapees worked well together, but the bunch was not eager to let them go too far. The gap went down to under a minute with 40 km to go and Komin got dropped from the group. The breakaway was over at 20km mark and the race started all over.
Despite having only 5 riders left in the race and one, who spent most of the day in the breakaway, the “orange squad” was very often seen at the head of the peleton in the finale. Maciej Paterski tried a late move but the chasers responded quickly. When the riders crossed under the flamme rouge CCC Sprandi Polkowice moved up to the front again, setting up Grega Bole. Slovenian was the first one to start off the sprint. He was bested only by the winner Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). Thanks to second 3rd place for Bole, he put on the points classification leader jersey.
Results of stage 2 of Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol, Utrera – Lucena, 194.7k
1. Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar)
2. John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin)
3. Grega Bole (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
51. Sylwester Szmyd (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
61. Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
100. Branislau Samoilau (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 2:49
135. Adrian Honkisz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 7:41
DNF Stefan Schumacher (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)