Roche wins second stage in Tour of Spain
His cousin Daniel Martin comes home in 11th place, 14 seconds behind
Ireland’s Nicolas Roche celebrates winning the second stage of the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” cycling race, between Pontevedra and Alto Do Monte Da Groba, in Baiona. Photograph: Miguel Vidal/Reuters
Saxo-Tinkoff rider Roche broke away from a group of around 25 riders containing most of the top favourites with a kilometre to go on the Vuelta’s first summit finish, at Alto do Monte da Groba.
Overnight leader Janez Brajkovic lost contact in the final part of the climb, with 2013 Giro d’Italia winner Nibali taking over as the new race leader.
Roche’s cousin and fellow Irishman, Daniel Martin, finished in 11th place, 14 seconds behind.