Nicolas Roche attacks to win Vuelta a Espana stage two

Nicolas Roche wins, Vuelta a Espana 2013, stage two

Irishman Nicholas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) took a long awaited first grand tour stage in day two at the Vuelta, while pre-race favourite Vincenzo Nibali claimed the leader's jersey from his Astana team mate Janez Brajkovic.

Unusually for the first weekend of a grand tour, stage two featured a mountain top finish. Nevertheless, after catching the break of the day - featuring Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Sharp), Greg Henderson (Lotto Belisol) and Francisco Aramendia (Caja Rural) - the major favourites all opted to ride conservatively and save themselves for the bigger climbs that lie in wait later in the route.

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