Posted August 24, 2014 on AP on Fox
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SAN FERNANDO, Spain (AP) Nacer Bouhanni of France sprinted to victory in the second stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, while Alejandro Valverde claimed the red leader's jersey after a ride that didn't produce any changes among the race favorites. In a Vuelta designed to favor climbers, the flat finish was one of the few chances for the sprinters to shine after the peloton picked up the pace during the route's final kilometers along the blue waters and sunny beaches of Spain's southern coast. Bouhanni was launched by a FDJ.fr teammate and had time to ease up as he crossed the line a bike-length ahead of the pack, finishing the 174.4-kilometer (108.3-mile) ride from Algeciras to San Fernando in 4 hours, 1 minute, 30 seconds. Bouhanni also won three stages at this year's Giro d'Italia. Valverde took the leader's jersey from Movistar teammate Jonathan Castroviejo after they won the opening team time trial on Saturday. Giro winner Nairo Quintana is second on the same time as his tea...
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