Cycling - Mezgec wins again in Volta a Catalunya

Luka Mezgec made it two stage wins from two at the Volta a Catalunya to extend his overall lead.

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Slovenian rider Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano) at the Tour of Catalonia (AFP)

The Giant-Shimano rider looked set to be beaten to second stage gory by Orica-GreenEDGE’s Leigh Howard, who came second to the Slovenian on Monday.

But Mezgec found space to storm to a second victory with the Australian settling for ninth.

Italian Roberto Ferrari of Lampre-Merida had to settle for second on the day despite a strong push at Mezgec at the death.

Team Sky’s Ritchie Porte, key lieutenant to Chris Froome, and drafted in as a last-minute replacement for Bradley Wiggins, quit the race through illness.

Stage two results

1. Luka Mezgec (Slovenia / Giant) 3:57:49"

2. Roberto Ferrari (Italy / Lampre) ST

3. Daniele Ratto (Italy / Cannondale)

4. Julian Alaphilippe (France / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)

5. Markus Burghardt (Germany / BMC Racing)

6. Davide Vigano (Italy / Caja Rural)

7. Boris Vallee (Belgium / Lotto)

8. Tosh Van der Sande (Belgium / Lotto)

9. Leigh Howard (Australia / Orica)

10. Maciej Paterski (Poland / CCC) +3"

General classification

1. Luka Mezgec (Slovenia / Giant) 8:06:42"

2. Roberto Ferrari (Italy / Lampre) +14"

3. Leigh Howard (Australia / Orica)

4. Julian Alaphilippe (France / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +16"

5. Daniele Ratto (Italy / Cannondale)

6. Boris Vallee (Belgium / Lotto) +18"

7. Markus Burghardt (Germany / BMC Racing) +20"

8. Tosh Van der Sande (Belgium / Lotto)

9. Davide Vigano (Italy / Caja Rural)

10. Michel Koch (Germany / Cannondale)

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