Alessandro Covi of UCI WorldTeam UAE Emirates won stage two of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta del Sol.
On a tough final climb up to Alcala la Real involving a punishing 11.5% gradient in the last kilometre, the win went to the Italian.
Stage one had been taken by Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise's Rune Herregodts and stage two was a gruelling exercise for the pack on a tough stage early in the season.
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Herregodts finished well back, meaning Covi was quick enough to take the lead overall.
Covi put down a time of 3:57:46.
Astana Qazaqstan's Miguel Angel Lopez attempted to close the gap but could only manage second place, while Ivan Sosa (Movistar) took third.
Lopez was three seconds behind the winner, just a second ahead of Sosa.

Tour of Andalucia - Highlights of stage 2 as Covi takes the win

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