Giulio Ciccone takes Vuelta Valenciana stage 2 and GC lead

Italian has a handful of seconds over his rivals

Giulio Ciccone wins stage 2 of Vuelta Valenciana 2023
(Image credit: Dario Belingheri / Getty)

Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo) claimed victory on stage two of the Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana, taking the race lead in the process.

The Italian launched his sprint to the line out of the last corner coming round Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) to claim the win and the race lead.

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