Volta a Catalunya: Alejandro Valverde wins stage two
Poland's Maciej Paterski retains overall race lead
Last Updated: 24/03/15 5:35pm
Alejandro Valverde sprinted to his second victory of the season on stage two of the Volta a Catalunya as Maciej Paterski retained the overall lead.
Valverde beat his Movistar team-mate Jose Joaquin Rojas into second place and Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) into third at the end of a 191.8km day from Mataro to Olot.
Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) finished in the peloton to preserve his four-second lead at the top of the general classification over second-placed Pierre Rolland (Europcar), with Bart de Clerq (Lotto Soudal) remaining eight seconds back in third.
Valverde climbs to fourth, 2min 40sec back, after picking up 10 bonus seconds for his win. Like stage one winner Paterski, Valverde travelled straight to the race after completing the 293km Milan-San Remo classic on Sunday.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) also finished the day safely in the peloton.
Stage two result
1 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, 5:02:49
2 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar, same time
3 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling, st
4 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement, st
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, st
6 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, st
7 Eduard Prades (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, st
8 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing, st
9 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha, st
10 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana, st
1 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Pokowice, 9:36:20
2 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar, +4secs
3 Bart de Clerq (Bel) Lotto Soudal, +8
4 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, +2:40
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar, +2:44
6 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling, +2:46
7 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky, +2:47
8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky, +2:48
9 Dan Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin, +2:49
10 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, +2:50