Sutton & Boasson-Hagen in Sky Double

Sutton & Boasson-Hagen in Sky Double

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Chris Sutton took a resounding victory on stage two of the Vuelta a Espana while Edvald Boasson-Hagen made it two victories in a day for Sky Procycling with a win in the Vattenfall Cyclassics.

Sutton moved into position on a tough ramp up to the line before following in the wheel tracks of Vicente Reynes (Omega Pharma-Lotto) as the duo powered away from the chasing pack.

The Australian played it cool with the finish bearing down to pull out from behind the Spaniard to take the biggest win of his career by a clear bike-length - and with it the points jersey.

With the favourites for the sprint all scrabbling for the final podium spot, a resourceful Sutton made the win look easy as he notched up the team's second WorldTour success of the day following Edvald Boasson Hagen's victory in Germany an hour earlier.

A brilliant team performance had seen the bulk of Team Sky's squad get themselves in the leading group of around 35 riders when the peloton split in two in the closing stages of the 216.5 kilometres WorldTour event.

Among the big names distanced were the likes of world champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) and home favourite André Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) but there was still plenty of work to be done by Team Sky and they made no mistake.

The likes of Juan Antonio Flecha, Peter Kennaugh and Christian Knees first played their part and it was then Geraint Thomas who again delivered Boasson Hagen in perfect style.

The Norwegian hit the front with 250 metres remaining and held all his remaining rivals at bay, with Gerald Ciolek (Quick-Step) and Borut Božic (Vacansoleil) taking second and third respectively.

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