Christopher Sutton gets first ever win at Grand Tours by winning stage 2 of the Vuelta

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Christopher Sutton gets first ever win at Grand Tours by winning stage 2 of the Vuelta
Australian cyclist Christopher Sutton who is having a wonderful season with team Sky has managed to secure his first Grand Tour stage win as he won the stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana, 2011.
Sutton who started the tour rather slowly as he finished at 181st position with 2 minutes and 11 seconds behind the stage winner Jakob Fuglsang  of Leopard Trek at the opening stage. Fabian Cancellara was second while the Belgian Maxime Monfort
finished the 13.5 kilometre stage 1 of Vuelta a Espana 2011 at the third position.
The 26-year-old came back on the stage 2 with a totally different mindset and only win on his mind as he finished the 171.5 kilometre stage 2 starting from La Nucia and finishing at Playas de Orihuela in a total time of 4:11:41.Vicente Reynes Mimo of Omega
Pharma was second and Marcel Kittel finished the second stage of Vuelta a Espana 2011 at third position.
Christopher mentioned that Kurt Asle Arvesen was looking forward the team Sky throughout as he stated, “He [Kurt] was a big help to me, it was really myself and Brad who didn’t have to go back to the car which was perfect.”
He mentioned that he was alone with his team-mate Bradley who helped him as he reached the round about with only 2.5 kilometres to go and his first hope of winning the stage came when Lofkvist positioned him perfectly in front.
Sutton was leading the race when he looked back to see if he is being chased by anyone but there was no one close to him as he sprinted his way across the finish line. He managed to finish the stage 2 of Vuelta a Espana in the first position winning himself
the points jersey with 25 points.
On winning the stage 2 of Vuelta, Sutton commented that winning a stage at a grand tour was always his dream and such an achievement will boost him up for the coming stages in the Vuelta as he said, “For me it’s a dream come true to win a stage at a Grand
Tour. We don’t exactly have the perfect lead-out train here but what we do have is strength.”
Australian rider Adam Hansen won the most combative rider’s classification while the top three teams at the end of stage 2 were Leopard Trek at first, Liquigas-Cannondale at second and Pro Team Astana at third position. Movistar team and Quickstep Cycling
team were at the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Stage 1 winner Jakob Fuglsang finished the stage 2 at 19th position as he is at the second position after the stage 2 general classifications with his team-mate Daniele Bennati leading the general classifications as the Vuelta a Espana 2011 proceeds
towards the stage 3.



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