Ruta del Sol Stage 2: Bunch Sprint in Cordoba18. February 2016, Cordoba (ESP) — Road Team
It was a fast descent into the finish of stage 2 of Ruta del Sol, with Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) taking the stage win in a bunch sprint and claiming the race lead.
A four rider breakaway stayed clear of the peloton until they hit the climb with 20 kilometers to go. As expected, the climb split the peloton as they reached the top of the climb and started the descent into the finish in Cordoba.
Heading into the final 10 kilometers BMC Racing Team had a strong presence in the final group with four of the 18 riders.
Bookwalter and Sanchez hit the lead with seven kilometers to go, before two groups merged, leaving 40 riders to battle it out in a sprint. Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) and Ben Swift (Team SKY) rounded out the top three.
Brent Bookwalter was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider in the stage.
“It was a pretty mellow first 150 kilometers and then a pretty difficult physically and also technically demanding last final 20 or 30 kilometers. It was the first time I had seen the descent and luckily the pavement was good because there were some tight, sweeping corners,” Bookwalter said.
“We had a great position with Philippe, Samuel, Tejay and myself. It was a good test of the legs and a good test of riding together in a technical situation where the race heats up. I feel good, the legs are good and we’ve got another couple of hard days coming up.”
Stage 3 tomorrow will see the peloton ride 157.9 kilometers from Monachil to Padul.
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