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Trofimov attack brings Basque stage win

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  • Russian Yuri Trofimov wins 164-km 2nd stage of Tour of the Basque Country
  • Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez retained overall the lead after winning first stage
  • Wednesday's stage takes riders 172.5 kilometres from Villatuerta to Eibar
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(CNN) -- Russian Yuri Trofimov launched a dramatic late attack to claim victory in the 164-kilometer second stage of the Tour of the Basque Country from Ataun to Villatuerta on Tuesday.

Trofimov launched his attack two kolimeters from the line to win the second stage in the Basque Tour.

Trofimov launched his attack two kolimeters from the line to win the second stage in the Basque Tour.

Trofimov made his move two kilometres from the line and finished five seconds in front of Estonia's Rein Taaramae with Briton Ben Swift in third.

Fifth-placed Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez retained the overall leader after winning Monday's first stage.

Trofimov, of the Bouygues Telecom team, clocked four hours, 12 minutes and 45 seconds after finally breaking clear of Cofidis rider Taaramae.

With some 25 kilometres to the finish, the pair held a lead of more than three minutes over the peloton in a stage that included six mountain climbs.

The peloton, including Sanchez, who won the Paris-Nice race last month, was more than a minute further back.

Wednesday's stage takes the riders 172.5 kilometres from Villatuerta to Eibar.

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