Ireland’s Nicolas Roche claimed his first Grand Trip victory by winning the second stage from the Vuelta a Espana.

Roche, child of the 1987 Trip de France champion Stephen Roche, shattered away from 25 riders with a kilometre to take the actual Vuelta’s first summit finish.

“This is absolutely liberating for me personally, ” this individual said. “I’ve just won eight races within my career but acquired so many second locations. ”

Giro d’Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali, whose Astana team won the actual opening time trial, took the overall lead.

Immediately leader Janez Brajkovic, associated with Slovenia, lost contact with the pack within the final portion of the climb, handing charge to the the year of 2010 champ.

Spaniard Daniel Moren finished second, just ahead of Italian Domenico Pozzovivo.

Roche, twenty nine, who left Italian team Ag2r-La Mondiale at the end of last season to join Team Saxo-Tinkoff, becomes the actual fifth Irishman to win a stage from the Revés.

“I do the Trip [de France] come early july doing work for (Spanish team-mate) Alberto (Contador), but I’ve always had the actual Vuelta as a focus on for the last 5 years and this year was no various.

“I may finish fourth, 5th or sixth overall within Madrid, but this is what counts for now. “

The actual three-week race, which covers 3358. 9 miles and has 10 more mountain-top surface finishes, finishes in This town on Sunday, 15 Sept.

Result of stage 2

1 . Nicolas Roche (Ireland / Saxo – Tinkoff) 4 hours 37 minutes 9sec

second . Daniel Moreno (Spain / Katusha) +2″

3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R) +6″

Leopold Koenig (Czech Republic / NetApp) +11″

five. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +12″

General standings after two levels

1 .
Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Astana) 5 hours seven minutes 22 secs

second . Nicolas Roche (Ireland / Saxo — Tinkoff) +8″

Haimar Zubeldia (Spain / RadioShack) +10″

Chris Horner (U. S. / RadioShack)

five. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia / RadioShack)

Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Team Sky) +22″