Also surrounded by obviously untouched grasslands and fields. Not really a place for a daily battle among the best cyclists in the world given the fact, that this battle really hurts and deviates from the smooth touch of Andalucia. But it obviously must be like that at this level of cycling.
The second stage of Ruta del Sol was about to make the first day forget after focusing unexpected trouble on day 1. So the hope was big with the riders to get a place in the front – the breakaway of the day. But cycling is cycling and like in real life it sometimes does not come the way you want or expect. Even after several trials to get the “right” break, it is disappointing to see when it goes exactly the one time you are not in. So it was that day and the guys had to spent the day in the pack. Only at the last climb of the day around 30 kilometers before the finish line, the bunch got split by the hard tempo set by the best team in the world – team SKY.
At the end, the famous french sprinter Nacer Bouhanni had the fastest legs and won the stage.
Our guys fought a good fight that day and could look forward to stage three – with about 3.000m denivilation another day that will hurt.