AUSTRALIAN team Orica GreenEdge continues to dominate the early stages of the Vuelta a Espana as Colombian Johan Esteban Chaves wins his second stage.

Chaves after his second stage win
Chaves after his second stage win

In the hilly path between Cordoba and Alto de Cazorla, Chaves launched an attack on the steepest part of the climb, exploding up ahead of Merseyside rider Steve Cumming, who attempted to break away in the last 11 kilometres.

Chaves cited his teammate Mat Hayman as his inspiration, recounting that during the race, he told Chaves, “If you have good legs you have to race because you never know what will happen tomorrow.”

This quote proved unfortunately true for David de La Cruz from Eitxx-QuickStep and Matiej Mohoric of Cannondalte-Garmin, who dropped out at the start of the stage for a broken collarbone and heat exhaustion respectively.

Chaves regained the red jersey in the general classification, as Alejandro Valverde takes fifth and Chris Froome sits in seventh.

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