Australian rider Christopher Sutton won the second stage of the Tour of Spain on Sunday, a 174-kilometre ride from La Nucia to record his first individual win in a stage of a major tour.
However, Sutton's compatriot Matthew Goss of the HTC team, the winner of the 2011 Milan-San Remo Classic, became the first rider to abandon this year's Tour, leaving the race with 197 participants.
Sutton - who had won a team time-trial stage in the 2008 Tour of Italy - set up his win when he along with Spaniard Vicente Reynes took advantage of a slowing of the pace in the final kilometre, gaining crucial metres on the peloton.
Sutton came in ahead of Vicente Reynes while Germany's sprint specialist Marcel Kittel - who won four stages of the recent Tour of Poland - was third while British star Mark Cavendish failed to even get in a position to contest the decisive sprint.
The stage winner said he had fulfilled a dream.
"To win a stage in a major Tour, is a dream become reality," said the 26-year-old.
"All the team really helped me in the final part. I felt really good today.
"In the final kilometre, I did several zigzags, then I saw Reynes pass in front. I said to myself that his was the wheel to tag onto and that was the right call."
Monday's third stage, a 163-kilometre run from Petrer and Totana, is one of the shortest if this year's race and with just one category three mountain pass it is conducive to a bunch finish.
Source: AFP Global Edition