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Jackson Rodriguez (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni) won Monday’s second stage of the Vuelta Mexico, a 205km route from De Huajuapan to León-Puebla.
Canadian Andrew Pinfold (OUCH-Maxxis) finished second while young American Peter Stetina of a composite U25 American team leads the Most Aggressive category of the eight-stage event.
Stage 2 featured three rated climbs, including the final climb that ascended nearly 1000 meters, topping out eight kilometers from the finish in Puebla.
“Pinner rode a great stage,” OUCH team director Mike Tamayo said. “He’s known more for his sprinting but he showed today that he has pretty good climbing legs, and the strength to get a great result at the end of a hard day.”
Last year’s Vuelta Mexico winner Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing), and OUCH’s Bradley White, spent about 140 kilometers off the front in a six-rider break that was absorbed heading into the final climb.
By the time the race neared the top of the climb, a front group numbering around 50 riders had formed. The group included OUCH’s Floyd Landis and four teammates.
“Once we got over the top of the climb,” Tamayo said, “we went to the front and took control of the bunch.” The team was able to deliver Penfold to the podium, while Landis finished in the lead group. Race leader
Race leader Juan Pablo Magallanes also finished in the front group to retain his overall lead.
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Second stage results:
1. Jackson Rodríguez, Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, 5:22:53
2. Andrew Pinfold, Ouch presented by Maxxis, s.t.
3. Joaquín Sobrino, Burgos Monumental, s.t.
4. Shawn Milne, Team Type 1, s.t.
5. David Tanner, Rock Racing, s.t
GC after second stage:
1. Juan Pablo Magallanes Selección Nacional Telmex 7:46:28
2. Jackson Rodríguez Serramenti PVC Diquigiovann at 58 sec.
3. Joaquín Sobrino Burgos Monumental at 58 sec.
4. David Vitoria Rock Racing Team at 58 sec.
5. Shawn Milne Team Type 1 at 58 sec.
Most aggressive standings after second stage:
1. Peter Stetina, USA 14 points
2. Francesco Rivera, Amica Chips Knauf 10 points
3. Christopher Jones, Team Type 1, 10 points
Climber’s competition standings:
1. Freddy Parra, Tecos 18 points
2. Glen Chadwick, Rock Racing 15 points
3. Christopher Jones, Team Type 1 12 points