Vuelta a Espana 2020, stage two — full results and standings: Marc Soler ends Movistar drought as Primoz Roglic retains lead

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Marc Soler - Vuelta a Espana 2020, stage two — full results and standings: Marc Soler ends Movistar drought as Primoz Roglic retains lead - GETTY IMAGESMarc Soler - Vuelta a Espana 2020, stage two — full results and standings: Marc Soler ends Movistar drought as Primoz Roglic retains lead - GETTY IMAGES
Marc Soler – Vuelta a Espana 2020, stage two — full results and standings: Marc Soler ends Movistar drought as Primoz Roglic retains lead – GETTY IMAGES

Just hours after his team-mates threw away a golden opportunity to win a stage at the Giro d’Italia, Marc Soler hit out before winning the 151.6km second stage at the Vuelta a España from Pamplona to Lekunberri.

The victory, which was achieved on the home roads of Movistar, will have been a huge relief for the Spanish team who have had a disappointing season having taken only one win all year back in February.

Soler’s win came after he attacked on the descent off the final climb of the day, perhaps taking advantage of local knowledge as careered around the corners at speed, gaining on a select group.

Soler completed the stage in 3hrs 47min 4sec, 19sec ahead of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) who retained his overall leader’s jersey. Dan Martin (Israel Start-up Nation) again impressed, finishing third to gain some bonus seconds that propelled him to second on general classification.

Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) dropped to third overall after finishing fourth on the day, but took hold of the mountains jersey.

The Vuelta continues on Thursday with the 163km run from Lodosa to La Laguna Negra de Vinuesa and concludes on November 8 in Madrid.