Nacer Bouhanni wins in Vuelta a Andalucia

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) finally opened his 2016 account when he came out on top in a hugely confusing reduced bunch sprint on the second stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia. Having been given the perfect lead-out by teammate Christophe Laporte, he easily held off Fabio Felline (Trek) and Ben Swift (Sky) to take both the stage win and the leader’s jersey on a countback as there are no bonus seconds in the Spanish race.

Bouhanni’s win bumped him up into the overall race lead but he still has the same time as sprinters Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) in second, Raymond Kreder (Roompot- Oranje Peloton) in third and Swift in fourth.

The French sprinter will wear the leader’s jersey in tomorrow’s third stage which is a hilly affair with a total of four categorized climbs. The final summit is located just 15.1km from the finish from where it is rolling terrain all the way to the line where another reduced bunch sprint can be expected.

Vuelta a Andalucia 2016 – stage 2 results (Palomares del Río – Córdoba):

1 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

4:39:33

2 Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)

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3 Ben Swift (Sky)

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4 Chistophe Laporte (Cofidis)

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5 Rymond Kreder (Roompot Oranje Peloton)

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6 Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar)

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7 Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)

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8 Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo)

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9 Enrico Battaglin (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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10 Matteo Busato (Southeast – Venezuela)

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