Juanjo Lobato (Movistar Team) takes another victory on Thursday for a place within the biggest names of the pro scene. The Trebujena-based rider took a very convincing win at the slightly uphill final straight in Lucena, end of the 197km stage two in the Vuelta a Andalucía, after getting over the Cat-3 Alto de la Primera Cruz -just 9km from the finish- together with a notable Movistar Team.

The telephone squad made a strong gamble for the victory from far away from the finish, joining Tinkoff and Giant-Alpecin at the front with Eros Capecchi to keep the original, five-man breakaway on a leash. As the escape was caught into the intermediate passage through the finish, the fight for position was on, with the Blues taking care of both Lobato and Intxausti, their best placed man in the GC. The vigilance by José Herrada calmed down all major, late attacks, including a dangerous move by Quintero (COL), and left room for a sprint where Juanjo controlled perfectly his winning distance to beat German John Degenkolb (TGA) and Slovenian Grega Bole (CCC).

It's Lobato's tenth win as pro cyclist as the 'gaditano' still has a chance left in this race in Alhaurín's finish on Sunday. Before that comes, the Movistar Team will focus on Intxausti's chances, the Basque now in 2nd overall -just 1" behind Alberto Contador (TCS)- and set to prove what form he's on in this early season during the Haza Llana climb on Friday.

Report from Movistar Team News blog