Nicolas Roche says he will defend Vuelta a España red jersey for as long as he can

The Irishman holds a two second advantage over Nairo Quintana

Nicolas Roche after taking the race lead on stage two of the Vuelta a España 2019 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), after taking the Vuelta a España lead on stage two, says he wants to defend the red jersey as long as he can.

Roche escaped with an elite group in the hilly Calpe finale. The group included eventual stage winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) and Primož Roglič  (Jumbo-Visma). Quintana jumped away for the victory but Roche paid close attention to Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) who was only two seconds behind him in the overall.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.