Leigh Howard finished third in an uphill drage into Terrazas del Portezuelo. Sacha Modolo (Bardiani CSF Inox) took the stage win ahead of Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep). Although Howard is eager to eke out his first win of the season, he said he's hugely satisifed with his podium finish on stage two as it's the first time in his career that he's been competitive in an uphill sprint.
"Today, I went maybe 30 or 40 metres too early. It’s a minor detail, but it’s this type of detail that makes the difference between winning and losing. Regardless, I’m happy with third today. To be up there on a stage that normally doesn’t suit me is definitely a good sign of things to come this season." - Leigh Howard