Aged 21, Jesús Herrada notches up his first victory in the top tier -Movistar Team's 11th triumph of the 2012 season- after dominating the early breakaway in the morning sector of stage two of the Vuelta a Asturias in Avilés
Movistar Team keep bringing the future to the fore and overtook the physchological barrier of ten victories persistent from two weeks ago with a win by their youngest rider, Jesús Herrada. The 21-year-old Spaniard opened his victory account as a pro cyclist in a chaotic morning sector of stage two in the Vuelta a Asturias, 93 kilometers from Teverga to Avilés in which the telephone squad’s rider led the way from start to finish as part of a move starting right at km 0, alongside three other riders accompanying him before the only categorized climb across the route, El Escamplero (Cat. 3).
At the uphill, the group would become a 6-man breakaway which, despite control from the sprinters’ teams under the rain, came into the final 5k with a small, 20-second margin that seemed affordable for the bunch. However, in the twisty urban finale, Herrada controlled all moves from their rivals and crowned it all with a sprint win in front of Frenchman Nicolas Edet (COF). Enrique Sanz (5th) and Iván Gutiérrez (7th) made a splendid start of this Saturday for the blues before an evening sector -14k time trial around Piedras Blancas- where the Blues will put all their strength to chase another win.
Photo (c): Rafa Carbonero