Daryl Impey sprinted to stage two victory at Tour of Basque Country
Daryl Impey made it two from two for Orica-GreenEDGE as he took victory on stage two at Tour of the Basque Country.
Last Updated: 02/04/13 5:16pm
The South African received a strong lead-out from his team-mates, including overnight leader Simon Gerrans, to edge out Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) and Angel Vicioso (Katusha) in Vitoria.
After negotiating a final pair of third category climbs a peloton of around 50 riders fought it out for victory in a reduced bunch sprint which saw a select band of fast men attempt to claim the stage.
With no time bonuses up for grabs in the race Gavazzi, who took fourth a day earlier, moved into the race lead by virtue of stage placings.
The race is set to change drastically heading into Wednesday with a set of much tougher stages set to shake up the general classification.
Surprisingly there was just a single attacker as the second day kicked off, Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) gamely heading up the road to defend his lead in both the mountain and sprint jersey competitions.
The Spaniard pushed the gap out to over five minutes following the Alto de Egeta and Gatzaga before the peloton awoke, Orica-GreenEDGE taking up the chase on behalf of overnight leader Gerrans.
Just one rider up the road allowed for a calm and calculated chase, the Australian squad pegging the gap before looking around for another team to share the workload as wet weather returned to the Basque Country.
On narrow roads heading towards Vitoria Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard) and Adriano Malori (Lampre-Merida) put in a speculative dig as Team Saxo-Tinkoff came to the fore - the gap dropping all the while to a plucky Txurruka.
The three riders combined heading into the closing stages but with a number of teams interested in setting up a sprint finish the gap never got beyond the one-minute mark.
Malori was the final man to be caught on the tricky wet descent of the Alto de Zaldiaran and, despite a number of riders including world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) trying to go clear, things came back together for the sprint finish.