Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco
Stage 2: Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz - Stage Details

Yesterday’s stage one winner Michael Matthews has narrowly missed out on the double at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, finishing a close second place on stage two in Vitoria.

From the lead out of South African teammate Daryl Impey, Matthews jumped across to the wheel of Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing) who went early in the sprint but the 24-year-old fell agonisingly short as he came around for the finish.

The second stage was a target for the ORICA-GreenEDGE outfit, having tasted success into the finish town of Vitoria on the previous three occasions courtesy of Impey (2012 and 2013) and Matthews (2014).

Matthews’ second place was enough to retain the leader’s jersey for another day as the race heads into the more difficult stages.

“The lead in to Vitoria was textbook,” sport director Neil Stephens said.  “Our finish guys committed to setting up Michael, right down until the final lead out from Impey that dropped him off within 200m of the finish and unfortunately he just fell short.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Fabio Felline (ITA) - Trek Factory Racing 4:32:32
2 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
3 Tony Gallopin (FRA) - Lotto Soudal ST
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
5 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) - BMC Racing Team ST
6 Kévin Reza (FRA) - FDJ.fr ST
7 Julien Simon (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits ST
8 Pello Bilbao (SPA) - Caja Rural-Seguros RGA ST
9 Valerio Agnoli (ITA) - Astana Pro Team ST
10 Gianni Meersman (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
15 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
49 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
61 Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
110 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:34
121 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:05:38
135 Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:08:18