The veteran Colombian rider from Movistar Team held onto a five-second victory over the group that included Roche of Team Sunweb and Day 1 leader Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana Pro Team. "I needed this and so did the team," said the 29-year-old Quintana, the 2016 Vuelta winner. "We did a great job and when that happens the results come along."
Roche will carry a two-second lead over Quintana going into Monday's third stage — a 188-kilometer (117-mile) ride through a mostly flat route from Ibi to Alicante. Rigoberto Uran of team Education First was third overall, eight seconds off the lead.
The three-week Vuelta is without many top names this year, including defending champion Simon Yates, Tour de France winner Egan Bernal and Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz.
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