Donegal's Philip Deignan will not be part of Team Sky in this year's Vuellta a Espana which starts in Malaga today.

It's another disappointment of the Irish cyclist who has dropped down the pecking order in the Team Sky line-up.

His finest moment came in the Vuelta of 2009 when he won stage 17 and was 9th overall when the race reached its conclusion in Madrid.

He had been named in the initial team to take part in this week's Deutschland Tour, but did not start.

After the battle of sprinters on the opening day, stage 2 of the Deutschland Tour offered far more opportunities to climbers and GC riders on a very demanding and hilly final part.

After taking off with Tom Dumoulin on the last climb of the day, with 6kms to go, Maximilian Schachmann conquered a prestigious win on home soil.

The German eventually outsprinted Matej Mohoric and Dumoulin, capturing at the same time the overall red jersey. At 24 years old he confirms what a promising rider he is after already winning on the Giro this year and gives his Quick-Step Floors team a second success in a row in Germany.

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas is part of Team Sky at the Deutschland Tour.

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