Kennaugh impresses again in Spain

Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh

Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh

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Peter Kennaugh produced an impressive performance to help team-mate Richie Porte finish fifth in the second stage of the Ruta Del Sol on Friday afternoon.

Having finished 21st in the opening day prologue and then 32nd in the first proper stage, the Team Sky rider once again demonstrated his superb climbing ability as he - reminiscent of his Tour de France heroics last year - led team-mates Geraint Thomas and Porte into the final few kilometres of the tough 197km stage from La Guardia de Jaén to Cabra.

Thomas then delivered Porte to the final 800m of the uphill finish and the Australian eventually claimed fifth as Spaniard Alejandro Valverde clinched his third successive victory.

The tour continues on Saturday with a 182.7km trek from Sanlúcar La Mayor to Sevilla before ending with another mountainous stage from Ubrique to Fuengirola on Sunday.

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