Sky's Chris Sutton wins Vuelta a Espana sprint

Chris Sutton celebrates
Sutton triumphed after a sharp late climb

Team Sky's fortunes at the Vuelta a Espana improved on stage two as Australian Chris Sutton sprinted to victory in Playas de Orihuela.

Sutton profited from a sharp climb in the final kilometre, moving past Spaniard Vicente Reynes to win.

And Sky had reason to celebrate, 24 hours after a chaotic team time trial, in which they finished third-from-last.

Italian Daniele Bennati took the leader's red jersey, with GB's Bradley Wiggins 55 seconds back in 84th spot.

Sutton, 26, nephew of British Cycling track coach Shane Sutton, clebrated the biggest victory of his career, his first in a Grand Tour.

"To win and to deliver it for all of Team Sky is a dream come true - I can't believe it," he told the team websiteexternal-link.

"Bradley looked after me for the last 20km along with Kurt Arvesen.

"I knew it was a tough finish and I was going left and right and then someone from Lotto just accelerated and I jumped on the wheel.

"I thought, This is a long way to go, and I looked back and no one was there."

British sprinter Mark Cavendish had been expected to challenge for this stage but he said afterwards the HTC-Highroad team had instead been trying to put 22-year-old John Degenkolb in the leader's jersey.

"Hard finish! We were riding for young Degenkolb for jersey, but we couldn't quite get organised. I could only get him to 700m," he said on Twitter.

Earlier on Sunday, Team Sky's Norwegian star Edvald Boasson Hagen continued his impressive recent form with victory in the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg.

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