Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) won stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos, beating stage 1 winner Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) by two seconds on the uphill finish in Lerma. Jhonathan Narvaez (Team Ineos) took third place just behind Nizzolo. For the second day in a row, the stage finale saw a showdown between the Italian sprinter and a Caja Rural rider. It was the Basque Country-based team who prevailed as Aberasturi's strength on the hill gave him a gap too large for Nizzolo to take back on the short flat section to the line. The victory is Aberasturi's third of the season, and second in recent weeks after the Circuito de Getxo. Nizzolo retains the race lead, however, as Aberasturi rider finished over a minute down on the opening stage.ADVERTISEMENT "I placed myself the best I could before the final climb," Aberasturi said. "Lastra did an incredible job, without him I do not know if I had won, possibly not, since he left me third in the last corner, behind Grosu and Nizzolo. At 200 meters from the finish I saw that I had good legs and, although I knew it could be long, I attacked. In the last 50 meters I looked back and I realized that I would win. "It was also a good day for Aranburu. We started with two picks, although it is true that I started with a bit of an advantage, since it was a short and explosive final. The team protected me perfectly, they helped me a lot to achieve this important victory in an agonizing ending." How it unfolded The 155km-long stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos was another largely flat day, culminating in another uphill finish, this time a 2.5km 6 per cent romp over the cobbles of the main street in Lerma. Back in 2016, Nathan Haas took the win at the same finish.
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